C-Level View :: July 11, 2007

Executive View

Are Collaboration and Learning Environments (CLEs) Tools or Countries?
By Luke Fernandez, Weber State University

A university faces a variety of challenges when it begins the task of choosing a new technology for managing online classes and promoting online academic collaboration. Often overlooked are the linguistic challenges it encounters. There are, for example, questions about the acronyms one uses to describe the technology. Should it be called a CLE (the term I will use), an LMS, or a CMS? The question of what acronym to use is an important one to answer. But I’m concerned with a different linguistic issue: What metaphors best describe a CLE?...

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