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  1. 1. What is a Learning Management System? <ul><li>A Learning Management System (or LMS) is a software package, usually on a large scale, that enables the management and delivery of learning content and resources to students. Most LMS are web-based to facilitate &quot;anytime, anywhere&quot; access to learning content and administration. </li></ul>
  2. 2. What can I do with LMS? <ul><li>Mange student registration and accounts. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage (and to some extent create) course content. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage course delivery. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage course media. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage learning communities (Blogs, forums, chats, WIKI, surveys) </li></ul><ul><li>Manage testing. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand student performance. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vidya LMS Is: <ul><li>Standardized </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Usable </li></ul><ul><li>Supported </li></ul><ul><li>Open </li></ul>
  4. 4. LMS Pedagogical Organization <ul><li>Individual Workspace </li></ul><ul><li>Category </li></ul><ul><li>Course </li></ul><ul><li>Course-Related Community Workspace </li></ul>
  5. 5. User Organization <ul><li>Student </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Administrator </li></ul>
  6. 6. Student Perspective <ul><li>Can register as a portal member. </li></ul><ul><li>Can register for online courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Can participate in online courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Can participate in course-related community. </li></ul><ul><li>Can review performance (grades and participant activities). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Teacher Perspective <ul><li>Can create, manage, and delete their own courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Can both manage and participate in a course. </li></ul><ul><li>Can both manage (moderate) and participate in course-related community. </li></ul><ul><li>Can review student performance (grades and participant activities). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Administrator Perspective <ul><li>Manages the website. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete control over users, courses, and community. </li></ul><ul><li>May alter the look of the portal using “themes”. </li></ul><ul><li>May alter and extend the portal (using 3 rd party modules and code customization). </li></ul><ul><li>Stays up-to-date on developments in the Moodle development community. </li></ul><ul><li>Gives back to the LMS development community. </li></ul><ul><li>Plans for future pedagogical requirements. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Systems Administrator Perspective <ul><li>Operates the hardware and software that LMS runs on. </li></ul><ul><li>Is a Systems Administrator, typically familiar with Linux, Apache, PHP, and MySQL. </li></ul><ul><li>Is responsible for availability of portal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Updates the portal software. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repairs portal software. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Backs up the portal. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restores as needed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plans for future technical requirements. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Lessons <ul><li>A lesson delivers content in an interesting and flexible way. It consists of a number of pages. Each page normally ends with a multiple choice question. Navigation through the lesson can be straight forward or complex. </li></ul><ul><li>Supports HTML page-turners. </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Other formats: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SCORM/AICC: a collection of specifications that enable interoperability, accessibility and reusability of web-based learning content. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flash, Authorware, Toolbook, Director, etc. Some proprietary formats. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Resources <ul><li>Resources can be prepared files uploaded to the course server; pages edited directly in LMS; or external web pages made to appear part of this course. </li></ul><ul><li>A Text Page </li></ul><ul><li>A Web Page (created using a simplified HTML editor) </li></ul><ul><li>A Web Link </li></ul><ul><li>A Directory (Folder) </li></ul><ul><li>Files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Flash, MP3, digital video, etc. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Choices <ul><li>Here a teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses. This can be useful as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course; or to gather research consent. </li></ul><ul><li>A Choice with anonymous results </li></ul><ul><li>A Choice that allows you to update anytime </li></ul><ul><li>A Choice with non-anonymous results </li></ul><ul><li>A Choice with a limited number of responses allowed </li></ul>
  13. 13. Hot Potatoes (Exercises) <ul><li>This module allows teachers to create multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill quizzes using Hot Potatoes software. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Glossaries <ul><li>This activity allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary. The entries can be searched or browsed in many different formats. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher-Defined Glossary </li></ul><ul><li>Learner-Defined Glossary </li></ul><ul><li>A glossary of common terms </li></ul>
  15. 15. Assignments <ul><li>allow teachers to grade electronically submitted material or 'offline' submissions such as paper-based assignments or class presentations. </li></ul><ul><li>An Upload File assignment </li></ul><ul><li>An Online Text Assignment </li></ul><ul><li>An Offline assignment </li></ul>
  16. 16. Quizzes and Tests <ul><li>This module allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, consisting of multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions and more. Each attempt is automatically marked, and the teacher can choose whether to give feedback or to show correct answers. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Community: Calendar <ul><li>Portal Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Group Calendars (to some extent) </li></ul><ul><li>Calendaring </li></ul>
  18. 18. Community: Blogs (Journals) <ul><li>Personalized running commentary. </li></ul><ul><li>Comments and feedback may or may not be enabled. </li></ul><ul><li>May be controversial or inflammatory Is your organization prepared? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Community: Forums <ul><li>It is in forums that most discussion takes place. Forums can be structured in different ways, and can include peer rating of each posting. The postings can be viewed in a variety for formats, and can include attachments. </li></ul><ul><li>A Standard forum for general use. </li></ul><ul><li>Each person posts one discussion </li></ul><ul><li>A single discussion </li></ul><ul><li>May be controversial or inflammatory. Is your organization prepared? </li></ul>
  20. 20. Community: Chats <ul><li>The Chat module allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion via the web. This is a useful way to get a different understanding of each other and the topic being discussed. </li></ul><ul><li>A repeating chat with public session logs </li></ul><ul><li>An open chat event </li></ul><ul><li>May be controversial or inflammatory. Is your organization prepared? </li></ul>
  21. 21. Community: WIKI <ul><li>A WIKI is a web page that anyone can add to or edit. It enables documents to be authored collectively and supports collaborative learning. Old versions are not deleted and may be restored if required. </li></ul><ul><li>Members may change each others work. May be controversial or inflammatory. Is your organization prepared? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Community: Surveys <ul><li>The Survey module provides a number of verified survey instruments that have been found useful in assessing and stimulating learning in online environments. </li></ul>