Who Needs Gamification?! Student-Centered Lesson Design Using Just Your LMS

2011 brought us the buzzword craze of “gamification” in education, or the quest to make learning online more like a video game. Inspired by FourSquare‘s achievement badges as a way of motivating users to check in to location-based services and Mozilla’s promise of outcomes-based badges in lieu of diplomas, we …

Open Source or Proprietary LMS? Your Answer, My Friend, Is Floating In the Cloud

A colleague recently asked me if I could explain the distinction between open source and proprietary learning management systems, especially as it might affect a K-12 school looking at the best kind of LMS to implement today.  She wanted to know how schools assess open source vs. proprietary systems– “So, …

The Blackboard Buyout and the Wisdom of Open Web Standards

As part of our LMS Evaluation, we’ve investigated concerns around Instructure’s viability and longevity as a business. Recent events surrounding Blackboard should lead us to question its viability with equal diligence. First there was last week’s report that Blackboard had retained a financial services firm to help them respond to …

“The Golden Apple”: Showing Students that Their Learning Matters

(This post is part of a series called “The Connected Class Community”). The Golden Apple is the most cryptic and strange of all of these ingredients. Not surprisingly, it’s also difficult to explain. I think the idea will make sense after a couple stories… The Golden Apple is an object …

Brilliant Talk by BYU’s Jon Mott about the Future of eLearning

I watched this talk today and it was a great synthesis of the reasons to move beyond tradition Learning Management Systems into a more flexible paradigm that supports various open technologies for learning. Related articles by Zemanta Investing in Education In India (klp.org.in) JoomlaLMS and Atriculate intergation (edugeek.net)

“Free” Points for Free Work? Incentivizing Students Giving and Receiving Help in an Online FAQ

Image via Wikipedia Did you know you can save time and effort by starting a Frequently Asked Questions Discussion Board in your course? Do you get tired of answering the same student questions over and over? Save time and effort by starting a Frequent Asked Questions forum in your course! …