Before I get to the actual blog prompt I need to reflect a little on the readings. This week I ended the required readings with Audrey Watters “Beyond the LMS”… I had one of those “Ah ha” moments where I thought awe crap perhaps I should have saved everything I have created and marked on my own computer. I have been teaching Nursing for a number of years and started with Blackboard. I had never really thought of it as a “management” system. I just thought it was a neat way of keeping things organized online for students and instructors.
I do however remember being extremely frustrated that I lost access to all my great comments and feedback (you know the ones that take hours to write) when I changed employment institutions. I had no way of getting anything back or having access to any assignments or papers that I had marked or created. I never once thought about the student who also lost access to his/her marked papers/assignments if not printed prior to the end of a course.
According to Watters (2014), “The learning management system reflects the technological desires of administrators — it’s right there in the phrase. “Management.” It does not reflect the needs of teachers and learners.”
I am now a grad student and I recently went to print a marked paper for my portfolio only to find I no longer had access to that course on UR courses. So now because of the reading I am thinking “why does administration have the right to keep my work”. And why are we writing papers that a prof is the only person that ever sees.
Although this reading was eye-opening our group is torn about what platform to use for our assignment. An open-web does sound appealing but if we want to use this in our nursing courses in future we might have to go with the tried and tested that our program will support. I am not sure if the program would support our students assignments being open for the “world to see”. Our group was initially going to use D2L but has decided to go with Moodle. We have made this decision because as our roles expand in the program so does our responsibility to create and coordinate courses. I have used UR courses as a student and instructor but as primarily a clinical instructor I have not developed a course from the beginning. I found this video helpful and also this link that Alec and Katia posted.
These are some reasons why we have looked further into this platform.
- 1 Built for learning, globally
- 2 All-in-one learning platform
- 3 Highly flexible and fully customisable
- 4 Scalable to any size
- 5 Robust, secure and private
- 6 Use any time, anywhere, on any device
- 7 Extensive resources available
- 8 Backed by a strong community
After reviewing these I think we have made the decision!