Friday, August 14, 2009
Learning Management Systems
I have to admit,I did not know what a Learning Management System (LMS)was a few days ago. Now I realise that is what our E-Learning course is one, Moodle. Another name for LMS is Course Management Systems (CMS), which is a virtual learning environment. Its software for delivering, tracking and managing education (Wikipedia, 2009). It allows for onlne collaboration, online assessment, automated record-keeping and student self-service and more.
This the first time I have ever undertaken a course online, and find the collaborating with my peers helps me. I have been responding and reading others blogs, following and replying to threads on activities and communicating with them through Skype and email. I suppose I'm showing my age, as I still struggle sitting
in front of the computer working and wondering if I'm doing the right thing or not.
It is this interaction that I find most engaging, when I can discover things that my peers already know, or I analyse and compare notes with my peers.
With the use of LMS students as Marzano & Pickering (1997) suggest, are able to do group work within a supportive environment ( 1997). Through collaborating together, diplaying and reporting their tasks, the students are constructing a shared learning environment (McInerney & McInerney, 2002). LMS or virtual learning environments are designed to aid Learning Managers in creating online courses with opportunities for student collaboration and interaction.
Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D. J., Arrendondo, D, E., Blackburn, G. J., Brandt, R, S., Moffet, C, A., et al. (1997). Dimensions of learning:teacher's manual (2nd ed). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
McInerney, D, M., & McIerney, V. (1998). Educational psychology: constructing learning (2nd ed). Sydney, NSW: Pearson Education.
Wikipedia(2009)Learning Management System. Retrieved 12 August 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_management_system