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EDTEC 700: Ins and Outs of Learning Management Systems

San Diego State University: Educational Technology: Distance Education

Course Information for Summer Session 2012

EDTEC 700, Ins and Outs of Learning Management Systems is scheduled for four weeks starting Tuesday July 5, 2012 from 4 to 5:30 PM Pacific Daylight time.

Course sessions will meet via Adobe Connect Pro. Log in information will be provided for registered students in the course via email.

Live interactive sessions will be held according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday July 5, 2012.
  • Tuesday July 12, 2012.
  • Tuesday July 19, 2012.
  • Tuesday July 26, 2012.

All deliverables for the course are due on July 3, 2012.

No textbook is required for the course. All learning materials are included in this course website

Course Description

The course will introduce you to software platforms that are commonly used in eLearning, distance education and online training. Instructional design models applied to using these tools in corporate training and performance development, developing lessons in K-12 schools and creating courses in higher education are presented and discussed and are implemented in hands-on projects. Furthermore, this course will demonstrate the differences between learning management systems, learning content management systems, and integrated media platform systems and will specify their appropriate use.

Goals

This course will enable you to gain a broad understanding of the different learning management systems, learning content management systems, and integrated multimedia learning platforms. It will allow you to speak informatively about the world of distance education and how different platforms are used in eLearning, distance education and online training. In addition, you will experience using different software platforms and reach your own conclusions about the benefits and drawbacks of the systems.

Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Integrate instructional design models to eLearning, distance education and online training
  • Differentiate between static models of instructional design and dynamic designs based on dialog and building learning communities.
  • Compare and contrast synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Use basic functions of an LMS, LCMS or IMMS (integrated multimedia management system)
  • Utilize different tools within the design & delivery of online training, eLearning and distance courses
  • Evaluate different types of communication among students in online, eLearning, & distance courses within different software platforms
  • Differentiate between Learning Management Systems, Content Management Systems, Learning Content Management Systems, and integrated multimedia systems
  • Select an appropriate platform for a particular learning, training or performance development system
  • Determine the benefits and drawbacks of different learning/content management systems and other distance learning platforms

Technology Requirements

Some students will take this course at a distance through the College of Extended Studies. These students must have access to the following technologies for the successful completion of this course at a distance:

  • A personal computer with at least 1.0 GHz speed, 250 Mb RAM, 80 GB hard drive, an audio board, and Ethernet enabled.
  • A Microphone.
  • A video camera compatible to the computer used for the course.
  • Firefox or Internet Explorer web browser (latest version).
  • Flash Player.
  • Access to high speed Internet without the interference of an enterprise firewall.

Description of Major Deliverables

LMS Comparison

  • Part of this will be completed during class, but may need to be finished after class.
  • Go to Edu Tools. This web site allows you to compare different learning management systems used in higher education and other organizations.
  • Choose at least three platforms to compare and click Product Comparison at the bottom of the page.
  • Look at the various features of each and answer the following questions about each platform you chose:
    • What types of communication methods are available on this platform?
      • Only asynchronous
      • Both asynchronous & synchronous
      • Instant messaging
      • Sound capabilities
      • Video capabilities
    • How can you organize the content on the platform?
      • Versioning
    • What type of interface design does it use?
      • Simple or complex
      • Intuitive for both administrator & learner
      • Backend easy to use
    • What capabilities does this platform have?
      • Assigning courses
      • Simply a communication platform
      • Creating content on the platform (authoring tool)
    • What did you like and dislike about this platform from an administrator’s perspective?
    • What did you like and dislike about this platform from a learner’s perspective?
    • How would you use this platform? Who else could you see using this platform: government, corporations, higher education, K-12 education?
  • Post a brief summary (at least 200 words per platform) about each platform you chose on the discussion forum.

Moodle Project

  • Read the Moodle Getting Started for Teachers Guide.
  • Create a blank course.
  • Set up a short course in Moodle, including:
    • 1 syllabus, including:
      • Course description
      • Grading scheme
      • Agenda
    • 3 modules or class sessions, including:
      • Objectives for that session
      • 1 Learning activity (Ex: Forum, Wiki, etc.)
      • 1 Deliverable
    • Include the following in the course:
      • 1 Collaborative interaction
      • 1 Quiz
      • 1 Resource
  • Test out your course with a live audience. Include your results in your paper.
  • Write a paper about your experience with Moodle
    • Identify the different administrative functions available in Moodle
    • Identify the course creation functionality within Moodle
    • Identify the editing functionality within Moodle
    • Describe the pros and cons of these different functions
    • Based on the "live test" of your course, describe:
      • The success of the course
      • The usability of the system from an administrative and learner perspective
      • The aspects of your course you would change and why
      • The aspects of your course you would keep the same and why

    Summary of Grading - Total points 100

    Participation in class discussions - 10 points
    Discussion forum posts about articles - 15 points
    LMS Comparison activity - 25 points
    Moodle Project - 50 points

    Schedule of Topics

    Day 1 - Topics

    • General overview of course – objectives, goals, etc.
    • Overview of distance education – instructional design models, methodologies, differences between distance learning and face-to-face learning

    Day 1 - Assignments

    • Subscribe to Distance-Educator.com.
    • Read An Introduction to Distance Education and eLearning article and post to discussion forum about 3 interesting facts you did not already know about distance education

    Day 2 - Topics

    • Moodle Project

    Day 2 - Assignments

    • Begin Moodle Project.

    Day 3 - Topics

    • Overview of learning management systems, learning content management systems, and other distance learning platforms – types of tools, synchronous vs. asynchronous, challenges when using management systems
    • Introduction to specific LMS, LCMS, and other distance learning platforms

    Day 3 - Assignments

    • Continue working on Moodle Project.
    • Select one article relating to learning management systems in the Weekly News from Distance-Educator.com. Read the article and write a brief summary about the article and any thoughts you have on the article in the discussion forum.
    • Read Learning Management Systems article and post to discussion forum about the top 10 characteristics of a learning management system that it must have to be effective.

    Day 4 - Topics

    • LMS Comparison activity

    Day 4 - Assignments

    • Work on Moodle Project.
    • Complete LMS Comparison activity and post to discussion forum.
    • Read Learning Management Systems of the Future: A Theoretical Framework and Design article and post to discussion forum about what you would include in your LMS of the future if you were to design one.

    Day 5 - Topics

    - There is NO class on this day!

    • Turn in your Moodle Project Papers!!