Today, instructional designers at community colleges have exciting opportunities to improve instruction and service to students, as their toolkit has grown to include an amazing array of Web 2.0 tools and new media. CT asked Michael Medlock, the director of Instructional Design and Technology at Rio Salado College how instructional designers and a team of faculty, subject matter experts, and media developers follow instructional design principles and strategies that leverage technology and new media to create robust learning designs that advance instruction at Rio Salado College.
After a process that began in December 2009, the University of Massachusetts Online has selected a replacement for its learning management system, about 11 months later than it expected to.
The acquisition of Moodlerooms by Blackboard brings two archrivals under the same tent. Just what does Blackboard have in mind for open source education?
Babson College, a Boston area school with about 3,300 students, will be upgrading its learning management system to the newest version of Blackboard Learn.
A nine-month evaluation process has led the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges to begin contract negotiations with Instructure to use its learning management system, Canvas.
The 34 institutions that make up the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges are dropping their legacy LMS and moving to a cloud-based system.
There's ample evidence of a cultural shift in focus in higher education, from teaching to learning, from classroom-centric to learning-centric, from lecture to activity. These and other examples, especially the shift from learning in courses to continuous learning, represent areas that may have an impact on the LMS. Is it possible that the values of the LMS will become more aligned with those of the ePortfolio? Will these two previously distinct technologies merge to serve more common purposes?
Cengage Learning and Blackboard have partnered in an effort to give instructors and students more streamlined access to Cengage Learning's digital learning solutions and core curriculum materials through the Blackboard Learn learning management system.
Educational software vendor Jenzabar and online syllabus management provider Intellidemia have joined forces to develop a collaborative solution designed to help schools streamline administrative processes and centrally manage syllabi in a more collaborative academic community between educators and students.
Thrust into online learning at scale in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina--a disaster that put 45 percent of its physical campus out of commission--New Orleans-based Delgado Community College experienced the aftershock of realizing that many of its students were not "online ready." Success rates--and therefore retention and completion rates--suffered just because of a student skills gap in online education. A self-guided online learning module, DORM, has made a big difference even as a doubling of enrollment since 2006 has put further pressure on available classroom space.