Centralizing LMS in Postmodern World


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Presentation to DETCHE conference on December 2, 2010 by Kathy Fernandes and John Whitmer.

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    1. 1. Centralizing LMS Services in a Postmodern World<br />CSU Chancellor’s Office<br />Kathy Fernandes, Director of System-Wide LMS Initiatives<br />John Whitmer, Associate Director of System-Wide LMS Initiatives<br />Slides available at: http://slidesha.re/dOXVy5<br />
    2. 2. “A notion that was once heresy, that the wisdom of a smart group is greater than the brainpower of its smartest member – is increasingly accepted in every discipline and every profession and at every age and stage of life”<br />-Tharp, quoted in Mehaffy, 2010<br />
    3. 3. Outline<br />Cal State Overview<br />Postmodernity and Coordinated Autonomy <br />Vision, Strategy, Governance<br />Moodle Services Evolution<br />Challenges and Successes<br />
    4. 4. Cal State Overview<br />
    5. 5. CSU Demographicshttp://calstate.edu<br />23 campuses<br />Approx. 433,000 FTE students<br />44,000 faculty and staff<br />We are the largest, the most diverse, & one of the most affordable university systems in the country<br />We play a vital role in the growth & development of California's communities and economy<br />
    6. 6. About California State University (CSU)<br /><ul><li>~75,000 courses per semester
    7. 7. ~40% had online components in 2009</li></li></ul><li>CSU Campus LMS Usage (2010)<br />
    8. 8. CSU Campus Moodle Uptake<br /><ul><li>San Francisco State - 2007
    9. 9. Humboldt State - 2007
    10. 10. CSU Monterey Bay - 2009
    11. 11. CSU Maritime - 2009
    12. 12. CSU Northridge - 2010
    13. 13. CSU San Marcos - 2010
    14. 14. Sonoma State - 2011</li></li></ul><li>Postmodernityand Coordinated Autonomy <br />
    15. 15. The Postmodern Condition<br />Postmodernism<br />“Characterized by the rejection of objective truth and global cultural narrative or meta-narrative. It emphasizes the role of language, power relations, and motivations.” (Wikipedia)<br />“Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism” – Frederic Jameson<br />Relevance to LMS Coordination?<br />One size doesn’t fit all: Moodle instance: educational practices, technology practices, local expectations<br />Problem: lose economy of scale (create redundancy), potential shared expertise, specialization of functions…<br />Need a strategy between top-down and going it alone<br />
    16. 16. Coordinated Autonomy1<br />Focus on social/strategic aspirations, above functional requirements<br />Consistent with higher ed. culture: individualism and autonomy within open, public, and engaged environment<br />Principles: mass individualism, robust flexibility, undirected direction, persuasive standardization, open privacy<br />Approach behind UCLA Moodle Governance<br />1. Term coined by Jim Davis, UCLA CIO Published writings at: http://bit.ly/h7V4Dc and http://bit.ly/fT4f2W<br />
    17. 17. Stages of CSU Moodle collaboration<br /><ul><li>Competitive
    18. 18. Cooperative
    19. 19. Collaborative</li></li></ul><li>Vision, Strategy, Governance<br />
    20. 20. LMSS EnvironmentLMSS = Learning Management Systems and Services<br />
    21. 21. Evolution of System-wide LMS Collaboration<br />Perform LMS RFI and RFP (2008-2009)<br />Define LMSS Strategy (2009-2010)<br />Implement Governance (2010-2011)<br />Create Collaborative Projects that Benefit Multiple Campuses (2010-)<br />
    22. 22. System-wide LMSS Strategy <br />LMS Futures Group (Provosts, CIOs, Faculty) prepared 4 documents:<br />LMS Critical Elements<br />External Scan of Market & Higher Ed Systems<br />CSU System-wide Recommendations<br />LMS Governance Recommendations<br />Organize stakeholders to implement recommendations, starting with Moodle<br />
    23. 23. System-wide LMS Governance<br />
    24. 24. moodle services evolution<br />
    25. 25. Evolution of Moodle Implementation (1)<br />Cooperation (2007-2010)<br />Moodle Consortium (from 4 to 10 campuses)<br />Lynda.com licensed training content<br />External Moodle Hosting MEA & Sandbox<br />Collaboration (2010-2011)<br />Moodle CIG & Standards and Practices Group <br />Quickguides modular tutorial repository<br />CSU San Marcos Migration Tools<br />Shared CSU Code Base <br />
    26. 26. Evolution of LMS Implementation (2)<br />Collaboration v2 (2011-)<br />Governance Expansion/Revision<br />Shared CSU Code Base Development <br />Metrics / Analytics<br />MoodleMoot US-West Coast 2011 <br />Distributed help desk?<br />
    27. 27. Coordinated Evaluation & Assessment<br />CSU Campus Moodle Assessment – campus validation of strategy and services<br />CSU Campus Baseline Usage – to assess current depth and breadth of adoption<br />Moodle Analytics Development – provide real-time feedback to improve student performance<br />
    28. 28. Challenges and Successes<br />Successes<br />Formal strategy and recommendations<br />Cultivate and connect campus leaders<br />Communicate, communicate, communicate<br />Trust yourself. Full consensus is unlikely<br />It’s all about relationships<br />Challenges<br />Anarchistic committees and individuals<br />Governance model ?<br />Phased implementation<br />Sustaining leadership focus and support<br />
    29. 29. Contact Information<br />Kathy Fernandes (kfernandes@csuchico.edu)Director of System-Wide LMS Initiatives<br />John Whitmer (jwhitmer@csuchico.edu)Associate Director of System-Wide LMS Initiatives<br />