From Today’s CMS to Tomorrow’s Learning Support System

Full notes are at: The Future of CMS

Full video is at: Media Site Video – CMS

Malcolm B. Brown, Director of Academic Computing, Dartmouth College
Joel M. Smith, Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer, Carnegie Mellon University
Carolyn Lee Windham, Student, North Carolina State University

So far, we have only created a powerful piece of infrastructure. Next we need to explore how this can be used to transform teaching and learning.

The Net Gen commandments – Carolyn
Carolyn comicly delivered these ten commandments as a representative of the Net Gen. Here are the highlights:

  • The last time I was picking up a phonebook, it was propping up my door (I find information on-line)
  • Blame it on MTV or videogames, but text makes my eyes cross (Use media)
  • I left busywork behind with finger-paint (don’t just use on-line tools because it is hip)

The Once and Future CMS – Malcolm
Malcom delivered a clear argument that the next CMS (CMS 2.0) will relate to our version 1 CMS the same way Web 2.0 relates to Web 1.0. At the same time we see a pattern that web 2.0 engages learners in the process, which has educational benefit.

“The person who is learning is the person who is doing” Prof Chris Jernstedtand

This means that it is really a matter of better teaching practices to make the shift to more web 2.0 looking CMSs

So what does this mean in practice for the next CMS?

• Enable mashups
• Enable tagging/bookmarking
• Content Management – Faculty is only one with control
• Collaboration and team tools
• Themes not just courses
• Peer tutoring collaborations
• Facebooks, not portals
• Social note taking – like subEthaEdit

What problems are we trying to solve with CMS anyway? – Joel
In this message, Joel stated that the CMS we use was developed to solve the headache of faculty administrative tasks more than the student side of learning. We are using a tool for admin and grading to solve all of our problems. To see past ths undersight we must expand a number of our mental models:

  • Expand the mental model of “Course” – Knowledge and learning need to cross over the bounds of courses
  • Expand the mental model of “Management”
  • Expand the mental model of “System” – Integrate with enterprise systems more like tools that rely on authentication more than anything else
  • We need to expand the overall toolset so we aren’t using a hammer (the CMS) to solve all problems

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