Archive for October, 2009

My Problem

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I think I’ve figured out what my issue in this funk I’m in. I’m a mentor working with people who are used to having a teacher. Most of the campus is still of the school of thought that things can only be taught in a classroom environment. I feel the classroom is not a good use of time. I want to personalize learning and they want a boxed approach. Conflicting ideals working toward the same goal.


My Dream LMS

October 15, 2009 1 comment

Just for the fun of it, I’m going to compile a list of what the optimal (in my opinion) LMS would be capable of:

  • Ease of use of Weebly
  • Notation tools of Diigo
  • Note taking tools of Amplify
  • Keyword options (for faculty) of WordPress
  • Keyword options (for students) of Delicious
  • Voice, video, and screenshare of Skype
  • Screen capture (for both student & faculty) of Screenr
  • Microblogging of Twitter
  • I haven’t found an assessment tool I like yet (of course I haven’t really looked)
  • For the price of Moodle

Ok, that’s all I can think of at the moment but I’m sure there will be more eventually.

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Broader View of the Shopping Example

October 1, 2009 1 comment

Ok, that last post is a perfect example of an idea that wasn’t as well thought out as it could have been. So this is attempt #2 at making my point.

The following series of images is an example of what Amazon would look like as a typical online course in higher education.

Amazon’s Main Page:


I’m looking for a book so I click the Book link and get this:


I want an actual book so I click the link and get this:


I want a book on Arts & Photography so I click the link and get this:


I want a book on Architecture (in Arts & Photography) so I click the link and get this:


I want to see more about the book titled “Understanding Exposure” so I click the link and get this:

Amazon_eLearning6After falling down the rabbit hole, I finally get the information I’m looking for but it turns out to be boring and dull (completely non-engaging) but full of the facts I may actually be looking for.

So now, I pose the question again, would you shop here?

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Would You Shop Here?

October 1, 2009 2 comments

Amazon as a typical online course in Higher Education:


So tell me, would you shop here?

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