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Comments on: Why I never like course management software http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: jbj http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/comment-page-1/#comment-3466 Sat, 27 Oct 2007 14:46:04 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/#comment-3466 Thanks for the pointer to Wrike, Zach. I agree: The new tools can help alert students to what’s possible, which is somewhat more interesting than “the same old thing done more efficiently” (as valuable as that is).

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By: Zach http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/comment-page-1/#comment-3430 Fri, 26 Oct 2007 20:41:03 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/#comment-3430 I’m using Wrike http://www.wrike.com with my students. We use it for group work on different projects. I feel that using new-generation tools, like Wrike, Flickr, Blogger helps to broaden their minds.

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By: Alex http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/comment-page-1/#comment-3394 Thu, 25 Oct 2007 21:46:44 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/#comment-3394 I agree with all of your responses, doc. I know the idea of a such a homebrew program is very unlikely, but you are talking to the kid who wants a state school to teach him about games, so “Spectacularly Unlikely” is pretty much where I spend my free time.

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By: jbj http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/comment-page-1/#comment-3383 Thu, 25 Oct 2007 17:14:07 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/#comment-3383 @Alex: I’d characterize a homebrewed program as “spectacularly unlikely,” since: 1) we’d need to coordinate with the sister campuses, 2) we don’t really have a graduate program in a related field, so we can’t throw bodies at the problem, and 3) it’s not clear that there’s enough faculty demand for such a thing.

@Scott: Yeah, it’s pretty expensive. Moodle’s probably not literally free (i.e., we’d either have to pay for a support package or hire a significant number of people to support it) but it’s still cheaper. Its user experience is better than Vista’s, but not enormously so. (For example, I still prefer my little purpose-built apps to the convenience of an all-in-one solution.)

@Brian: Sometimes students will say that they want, for example, a common look-and-feel, or that they want a single all-purpose cms. I’m not persuaded by either: If a student knows how to use Vista, that’s all they know. But if a student knows how to use different kinds of tools, you can help them orient themselves to new, as-yet-unimagined programs / web apps, etc.

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By: Brian http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/comment-page-1/#comment-3380 Thu, 25 Oct 2007 13:28:46 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/#comment-3380 A nice find and a very good point. Students don’t WANT to use Blackboard just for the sake of using it. They want to learn things in an interesting way. You can do that with Blackboard, but it’s not customizable enough to make it easy.

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By: SE http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/comment-page-1/#comment-3376 Thu, 25 Oct 2007 09:13:18 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/#comment-3376 I couldn’t agree more. I no longer use Blackboard/Vista because the work does not equate to a better payoff for my students (and, well, me). Plus, I heard our univ. system paid around $2 million for this platform when they could get a similar one for free (from Moodle and other similar systems). What a waste of money.

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By: Alex http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/comment-page-1/#comment-3368 Thu, 25 Oct 2007 04:16:50 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/10/24/why-i-never-like-course-management-software/#comment-3368 I brought this up with the College at one point, had a fairly long discussion with some administrators about it. I’d love to see some sort of home-grown program, one that utilizes social networking with an easy-to-use interface, while still being safe. it is not impossible, but it would require some time.

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