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A few highlights regarding the LMS from #ccourses

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This first week of is flying by and I've been trying to hold on. I've found myself nodding along with the last section of George Kroner’s post The Nuances of LMS vs. Open. The LMS of today most certainly won’t be the LMS of tomorrow.

Make sure to follow that with Phill Hill’s post on Opening Up the LMS Walled Garden.

“New web services and social media made the legacy LMS look like what it was: A slow-moving cruise ship that locked passengers in their cabins.”

I love it.

“the long-term trend is moving in this direction of LMS and Open tool coexistence.”

I certainly concur with Phil here. There are a variety of contexts within courses and across disciplines. Some will be a little more closed, while others let it all hang out. The systems will become more flexible, and many issues will need to be addressed along the way.

Tannis Morgan’s response to D'arcy Norman’s LMS/Open Binary really resonates with me. Some great points I came away with were:

“give more focus to tools that can provide a much more meaningful online experience”

“innovation for the right reasons”

“doing the right thing for the students, even if it’s not as easy.”

The question posed at the end hits close to home.

“At the end of the day, the question has to be asked–is innovation a nice-to-have, or is it essential to the sustainability of the institution, who exists to provide a meaningful learning experience for students that is different from the bigger institutions?”

I certainly have a desire for things to be more open with the LMS at our institution, and I think we are relatively well-positioned. We use Moodle to run our courses and it's pretty locked down, but most of that has to do with configuration established initially, when the LMS was still in the margin.

It would be timely to re-consider some of those assumptions from the past as we contemplate future directions, interoperability with external services, and most importantly, meeting the expectations and needs of the modern student in a connected world.