Implementing an LMS
Paul Mears (Firbank GS)
Paul talked about
1 How to be strategic with human-centred design
2 selection process of an LMC
3 Implementing for success
This was interesting, beginning with a focus on ‘human centred thinking and design. ‘Opportunities, not problems’, which came out of Stanford.
He argued for ‘shadowing’, observation, interviews … and the importance of ‘student agency’ Bring the students in, give them respect and they’ll rise to the occasion.
When he talked to students the students hated the ‘mushrooms’ that had popped up with different teachers all doing their own things. They wanted to select a unifying LMS and shared the process they used to select that company. (Firefly)
Mears prefers ‘integrated learning platform’ to LMS, as the platform should integrate diverse things like YouTube, ClickView, Google Docs, PowerPoint
This was the most practical session I had for the day. Good advice, ‘The main thing is to make the main thing the main thing’