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  1. 1. CMS: Online Learning in K-12 Schools Melissa Dutterer Secondary Mathematics
  2. 2. What is a CMS (Course Management System)? <ul><li>“ Internet-based software that manages student enrollment, tracks student performance, and creates and distributes course content” (Rabinowitz & Ullman, 2004, p.1). </li></ul><ul><li>Extension of classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Widely adopted by colleges and universities but becoming increasingly popular in K-12 classrooms. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Common CMS Systems <ul><li>Rcampus ( www.rcampus.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle ( www.moodle.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>eCollege ( www.ecollege.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>WebCT ( www.webct.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard ( www.blackboard.com ) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Example: Rcampus <ul><li>FREE access to course management, e-portfolios, rubrics, and tutors </li></ul><ul><li>Set up student teams for collaborative assignments or study groups </li></ul><ul><li>Upload documents, assignments, activities, hyperlinks, assessments, and other supplemental resources for students </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and build electronic portfolios to demonstrate student growth and learning </li></ul>
  5. 5. Advantages of a CMS <ul><li>Student centered learning environment that motivates students to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Supports meaningful and authentic student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Extends classroom to fill instructional and learning gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Actively engages students outside of the classroom in both individual and collaborative activities/assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodates all learners and diversifies instruction </li></ul>
  6. 6. More Advantages of a CMS <ul><li>Many CMS systems allow teachers to set up FREE accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Allows teacher to disseminate valuable supplemental information </li></ul><ul><li>Provides classroom messaging options </li></ul><ul><li>Ability for teachers to create online assessments in a variety of question formats </li></ul><ul><li>Students can access previous coursework, assessments, notes saved, etc. online </li></ul>
  7. 7. Closing Instructional Gaps <ul><li>Personalizes and individualizes instruction to accommodate the needs, interests, and learning styles of all learners </li></ul><ul><li>Provides enrichment and/or remediation opportunities for students </li></ul><ul><li>Makes abstract concepts more concrete through the use of virtual manipulatives, online calculators and graphing tools, etc. (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Let’s address some concerns <ul><li>CMS is a supplemental tool, not a replacement for traditional classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive initial time investment however once general framework has been set the updating of materials and maintenance of the CMS requires little time </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy/Security: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Password Protected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access granted only to students in the class </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. References <ul><li>Cavanaugh, C., & Clark, T. (2007). The Landscape of K-12 Online Learning. In P. Adamson, B. Adamson, & N. Clausen-Grace, et al (Eds.), What Works in K-12 Online Learning (Chapter 1, pp. 5-19) . Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education. </li></ul><ul><li>Rabinowitz, M., & Ullman, C. (2001, October 4). Course Management Systems and the Reinvention of Instruction -- THE Journal. THE Journal: Technological Horizons in Education -- THE Journal . Retrieved May 30, 2010, from http://thejournal.com/Articles/2004/10/01/Course-Management-Systems-and-the-Reinvention-of-Instruction.aspx?p=1 </li></ul>

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