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By: Esther Tiessen, KPU
Online course delivery systems such as Moodle, often referred to as “Learning Management Systems,” have been available now for about 20 years. These technologies facilitate students’ progression through a course and their participation in a variety of learning activities such as accessing content, participating in discussions, submitting assignments, and constructing representations of their learning. While presumably students are learning by participating and completing these learning activities, within these systems, there is a woeful lack of tools for “managing” that learning. For example, there are no tools for students to manage their learning goals: i.e., to construct learning goals, check how their learning goals align with the course learning outcomes, use the course learning resources and activities to intentionally work on achieving their learning goals, or to monitor their progression in achieving their learning goals. While the last 20 years have seen progress in system integration tools for system administrators and course management tools for instructors, there have been few advances, if any, in tools and features that would help students to manage their learning. In this thinking session, I will invite participants to brainstorm designs for “learning management” tools for inclusion in LMS’s that would help students to both learn more effectively and to become expert learners.