Hub or Silo? Expanding the LMS with Innovative Web Tools
Tuesday, March 18 3:40 PM-4:00 PM
Presider:Yu-Chun Kuo, Rowan University, United States
The typical use of Learning Management System (LMS) technology in the college classroom includes posting grades, administering assessments, and facilitating asynchronous discussions. When used this way, the LMS serves as a silo with all course-related resources locked up and available only to students in the course while they are enrolled. While the current generation of college students will use these features of the LMS to the extent they help them accomplish course goals, this use of technology is disconnected from students’ personal technology use outside of class. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the use of LMS as a hub, where instructors leverage those social tools familiar to the students by seamlessly embedding them into the LMS. This provides students with ubiquitous access to course materials both inside and outside the LMS environment, and allows them to blend these resources into their existing digital networks.