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  1. jwatkins@gore-high.school.nz' John Watkins says:

    Why Moodle?

    We have 365 SharePoint and I have created all the Learning Area curriculum sites which enables for an extensive range of facilities to be incorporated. Enjoyed your article but not the suggestion to use one particular platform that I believe to be inferior.

  2. John, I don’t have hands on experience with 365 SharePoint, but I’m sure that it can do everything that is required of an LMS and more. For a school that has chosen the Microsoft solution it would make perfect sense. I’d be interested to know how you are capturing, or plan to capture, informal learning. I know of only one solution, Saltbox, which looks interesting. I’m sure there will be others. Stephen

  3. […] In my last post, I unpacked the Learning Management System (LMS) and the Learning Record Store (LRS). In it, I introduced the idea of capturing fine-grained student data using the Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) to inform programme, course, and module design. I felt it may have left many readers with a bit of a tall order, and in need of a simpler place to start. […]

  4. llamalove@lessonly.com' Shelby says:

    Stephen, I really appreciated and enjoyed your zoo metaphor for the learning management system software. You are absolutely correct… Each portion of the software, or function, is like its own habitat! They all work together to create the entire zoo—if one is off or there isn’t an effective “zookeeper,” there definitely can be pitfalls. As far as the pitfalls go, I have been in online courses where I have thought, “Gee, whoever created this has no idea about how an online course should be structured.” That should be a prerequisite for being hired to create the software, to have taken various and CURRENT online courses. Once you are in it, you can see what people need and want out of a course more easily. Regarding your point about cutting costs and not having a facilitator, I agree this is a pitfall (for me), but some people may disagree. Everyone learns differently, and some may not need contact with a facilitator to get what they need from the program. I, on the other hand, prefer to have a facilitator to be available if I have questions or even to promote inquiry-based learning—but that’s just the teacher in me talking… Thank you for this article, it made me think about this topic in a new light (and it was really fun)!

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