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Next Generation CMS Research

  1. 1. Next Generation C/LMS: 2006 Research Study Ali Jafari , Ph.D. IUPUI Colleen Carmean , ABD Arizona State University Patricia McGee , Ph.D. University of Huston in San Antonio
  2. 2. <ul><li>Introduction and Acknowledgments </li></ul><ul><li>Research Procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Research Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections on NG-CMS </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>Initiated as the research theme and project to follow up on current questions </li></ul><ul><li>Undertaken during Jafari sabbatical </li></ul><ul><li>Continuation of book project collaboration; </li></ul>Course Management Systems For Learning; beyond accidental pedagogy
  4. 4. Research Procedure <ul><li>Visited a select number of campuses for one to one and group focus interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Group ; adjuncts, instructors, and professors (59) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Group ; both on and off campus (52) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Admin/Professional Group : Provost, Deans, CIO, IT Directors/Managers, Technology Support, Instructional Support, Librarians (51) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Research Procedure … <ul><li>Seven campuses visited: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One- two day extensive visits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two or three researchers attended each visit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less than 10% of interviews conducted via video conferencing </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Research Procedure <ul><li>Participating campuses for onsite interviews: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bowling Green University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eastern Michigan University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pierce University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SUNY Brockport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>California State University at Monterey Bay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Central Florida </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Wyoming </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Research Funding <ul><li>Thanks to the following institutions for supporting our travel expenses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eCollege Inc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ANGEL Learning Inc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bowling Green State University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>California State University at Monterey Bay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Central Florida </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Research Questions <ul><li>Characteristics and shortcomings of the current teaching and learning systems (more specifically the CMS platforms) being used on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Functional and technical requirements for the next generation of teaching and learning (beyond CMS) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Consistent Findings <ul><li>Compatibility issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brower differences in look and feel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LMS: Not all tools within a system work well with different browser /platform/ versions of OS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grade book (student + Faculty) limited in feature needs and usability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>User Interface (Usability): </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Navigation (student + faculty) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Room for improvement in intuitive aspects </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Findings <ul><li>Proposed new ideas for the Next Generation of CMS. </li></ul><ul><li>Smart system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligent agents (faculty & students ) have the system do some of the work for me. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusive package (CMS + ePortfolio + SIS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archival and storage options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share and acess outside of the course </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multi-modal Multimedia communication channels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio / Video (faculty) - use of audio or video to response to students email. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mobile - New Types of Access (students) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of SMS to let me know about assignment due </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>A “learner centered” framework design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The system is technically designed around a person (learner) rather than a course or contents (CMS/LMS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support multiply roles beyond learning (career, professional life, retirement) </li></ul></ul>NG-CMS Characteristics
  12. 12. <ul><li>A “smart” environment being able to think, reason, and act on behave of the person. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligent agent acting as a classmate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligent agent acting as a personal secretary, administrative assistant or helper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligent agent acting as a subject mater expert </li></ul></ul>NG-CMS Characteristics
  13. 13. <ul><li>Offer global “social networking” services for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative learning, teaching, and research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connecting, creating, sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intellectual exchange / trade </li></ul></ul>NG-CMS Characteristics
  14. 14. NG-LMS: It looks like Web 2! <ul><li>Connect </li></ul><ul><li>Create </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Combine </li></ul><ul><li>Comment </li></ul><ul><li>Critique </li></ul>
  15. 15. Next Generation Learning Environments <ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Learner-centered </li></ul><ul><li>Umbrella of tools </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio framework </li></ul>