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September 15, 2011

LMS updates & implementations

Faculty 'buy-in' of a LMS is crucial to the success of the implementation or migration from an old LMS long after the technical issues have been resolved. If they can't get their courses to look and behave as they expect in the new LMS, they may feel anxious or discouraged.

Do we advise course builders and content managers to mimic their course design in the new LMS as it was in the old LMS, thus 'molding' the new LMS to be like the other LMS? 

If we do that then we never give the new LMS a fair chance to stand up on its own. The alternative is to somehow enable them to put aside preconceptions and start fresh, to rethink how they deliver their online courses materials and engage their students in online conversations and activities. That is a huge undertaking and I have no idea how to do it effectively for most faculty. 

It would be easy to suggest rebuilding in the new LMS in the format they used in the old LMS, however this completely negates the point of moving to a new LMS. 

So, what's your approach to getting faculty to re-think the structure of their online course resources, activities and their approach to teaching with an LMS?