Archive for August, 2007

Great Video by Scott Leslie (The Future CMS): http://www.edtechpost.ca/gems/TheFutureCMS3.htm

I’ve pointed out this video to many of my Minnesota colleagues, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s one of the best analyses of the current and likely future state of enterprise course management systems. It was created by Scott Leslie, in November 2006. Scott is the Manager of the University of British Columbia’s Campus Learning Resources Centre. The video is 18 minutes long and extremely well worth the time if you play a role in assessing the future direction of CMS’ for your college or university.

In it, Scott says that some people say the first generation of course management systems got off to a false start; that they have rendered, in a somewhat one-dimensional way, a replication of the classroom. He continues, they are monolithic, closed systems that don’t play well with others.

Contrast this with some of the Web 2.0 tools and the emergence of ILEs (immersive learning environments) where students are creators of their learning content, rendering solutions in problem-based learning environments. I happen to agree with Scott, even though I beleive we’ve had great successes with our learning management systems thus far. We don’t yet know what we don’t know, and to the extent that they have provided an avenue for Web-based learning to occur, I’m all for that. But I also know we’re on the verge of big change in the next 3-5 years.

Whatever version of CMS we have gotten used to, don’t get too attached. I will continue to offer thoughts about what changes are ahead, over time.


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My First Post

With so much going on in the world of instructional technology and higher ed these days, I decided to throw my hat in the blog ring and start publishing on the Web.

My intention is to keep a lookout on emerging trends in (higher ed) instructional technology, eLearning, course management systems, virtual learning environments, and the next generation of learners. Themes such as social technologies, virtual gaming engines and interoperability will take center stage, I imagine for the next six months.

So, thanks for visiting and stay tuned as I post short info blurbs, links to interesting/pertinent videos, or muse on some instructional technology trend. I welcome your comments.


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