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ERIC Number: EJ799852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Toolbox or Trap? Course Management Systems and Pedagogy
Lane, Lisa M.
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v31 n2 p4-6 2008
Creating an online class is a task of construction. A course management system (CMS) provides faculty with a set of tools, a kit to use as they build their classes. While campuses have adopted CMSs on a wide scale, few studies have looked at how the design and use of a CMS affects pedagogy, and instructors rarely discuss how a CMS affects their teaching. Although particularly an issue for novice users, it can even pose problems for experienced online instructors. In this article, the author discusses how the default design of CMSs limits instructional creativity and pedagogical approaches. The author also provides suggestions on how instructors can build the courses they want to teach despite of the limiting features of CMSs. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A