Teachers are often greatly limited in the educational technology they can use in their classes because it becomes increasingly complex to use on the web software from many different vendors. Students must get a separate account for each new system, teachers need to jump between systems to assess and grade student work and transfer grades between the different systems.
Thorough the IMS Global Learning Consortium (www.imsglobal.org), the marketplace is developing standards that will allow course rosters and roles to be moved from one system to another and for graded to be moved between systems without rewiring hand-copying of data between systems. The new standard is called 'IMS Learning Tools Interoperability'. For example if your school uses Moodle and you would like to use www.chemvantage.org for Chemistry homework, you can simply 'plug' ChemVantage into Moodle and the rest is handled automatically.
This presentation will introduce IMS Learning Tools Interoperability at a very high level and show some demonstrations of it working with Sakai, Moodle, and Blackboard.
Speaker: Dr. Charles Severance University of Michigan School of Information
Empowering Teachers with More Pluggable Educational Technology
Empowering Teachers with MorePluggable Educational Technology Dr. Charles Severance Clinical Associate ProfessorUniversity of Michigan School of Information www.dr-chuck.com http://www.slideshare.net/csev
Dr. Chucks Book• Available as a paper-book on Amazon, CreateSpace• Available for Kindle or Nook• Grouchy teacher focused on building innovative software ﬁghting with management
Web 2.0 Is AWESOME!I love it when people say that we dont need educational technology any more - just use a blog, wiki, RSS feed, diggo, and a few other free things and voila! You can teach!
Web 2.0 Is AWESOME!I love it when people say that we dont need educational technology any more - just use a blog, wiki, RSS feed, diggo, and a few other free things and voila! You can teach!This sounds a lot better in a keynote speech than in real life.
Case Study: Amanda Severance • Senior in Special Education • Technology in the Classroom Curse • Eleven different accounts • Setup required technical support2:35
Open Source is AWESOME!With an Open Source Learning Managment System, you can change it and add new innovations without waiting for your vendor!
Open Source is AWESOME!With an Open Source Learning Managment System, you can change it and add new innovations without waiting for your vendor!This sounds a lot better in a keynote speech than in real life.
An Important Lesson...• Students and Teachers literally do not care at all if their learning software is open source• They are limited by the software that is installed and upgraded by their local IT staff• IT organizations fear innovation even if their software is open source
The Problem...• Teachers and students need ﬂexibility in their environment• We need to bring the tools and content that the teachers need into the environment they already have rather than making a new environment for every new tool of content
Self-Service Exit Interview Bring enterprise-level open source LMS into the Market Collect bright worldwide developer community and achieve sufﬁcient adoption for sustainabilityX Enable the rapid creation of new tools 08-2007X Create a "Learning Tool App Store"X Empower teachers to write, share and use lots of tools
Tools Commercial Interoperability Common Publishers Cartridge LMS Open Source Standards2008 www.imsglobal.org
Early Work on Standards • IMS Learning Tools Interoperability • Lots of convincing and cajoling (and beer) • Strategic chess game • Sakai, Blackboard, Moodle, ...2009 http://www.vimeo.com/7825070 1:48
Enagaging open source, creatingstandards, engaging propretary vendors,evangelizing ideas, doing demos, building"plumbing", all are important activities... my long-term goal is to empowerteachers and learners as to how theyselect, use and expand, technology to help themselves teach and learn...