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I checked the history and did not see this, at least not recently, but does your institution have an instructor minimum use policy for your learning management system?

If its public, can you provide the link here.  If its private and your willing to share it with me privately, I, of course, will not share them.

thx
aj


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AJ Kelton
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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Montclair State University

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Blended/Online Learning Folks,

Perhaps this list might have a reference for AJ?


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Hi, This assumes that an institution has one and only one LMS, which is usually not the case for larger institutions. Also, in my opinion, this would seriously infringe on faculty academic freedom, and would not likely pass at larger institutions - it shouldn’t! - Gerd.

Hi AJ,

 

Grand Rapids Community College has a commitment to the use of Blackboard statement here:

AGC (Academic Governing Council) COMMITMENT TO THE USE OF BLACKBOARD
“GRCC Commitment to the Use of Blackboard

Rationale:  Grand Rapids Community College recognizes that effective communication and timely feedback on performance contribute to student learning and success. Therefore, GRCC makes the following commitments:

Faculty Commitment:  By no later than the second semester of teaching, each faculty member will, at a minimum, use Blackboard to provide students with the course syllabus and faculty contact information. Use of the Blackboard Grade Center to provide regular feedback (where appropriate) is strongly encouraged.  

Institutional Commitment:  To support this Faculty Commitment, GRCC will provide each teaching faculty member with access to appropriate technology, training for its use, adequate system capacity, and timely technical trouble-shooting.”

See: http://bit.ly/IGidyK

Sincerely,

Eric

 

Thanks - to Patrick for passing this on to this list, and to Gerd for your comments.

I didn't plan to question or comment on responses, I'm really just looking to collect them - but I do, however, have a question for Gerd (or anyone else who would like to chime in as well.)
  
How does requiring that instructors put - lets say - office hours, phone extension, email address, and syllabus, in the LMS, infringe on academic freedom, which speaks to the freedom of inquiry in the academy, being able to teach anything without the fear of retribution?

thx,
aj




Hi AJ, As new student retention tools become more valuable along with an increase in the demand for data and analytics (especially around the college scorecard), consistency will be more important because if there is no data, it can't be analyzed and used to assist students or improve faculty effectiveness. In addition, "students value the ways in which technology helps them to achieve their academic goals..." with 76% indicating technology helps them, according to the 2013 ECAR report. Online and hybrid delivery formats continue to grow within higher ed and also in K12. In fact, beginning in January in Michigan, students in high school can replace up to 2 face to face classes each semester with online classes. These students will be coming to our colleges and universities with increased expectations for technology use by fauclty that includes the use of LMSs. So the question appears to be not whether to use technology or not, but to what degree. In other words, what is the minimum professional responsibility for a faculty member with regard to using technologies like the college's LMS? With technology transforming all areas of our life outside of the educational institution, should it be assumed that all classes at the college or university will be using some sort of technology to help students learn and to help faculty be more effective teachers? This space will be interesting to watch as technology continues to rapidly move into classrooms and campuses and as expectations to use them expand... - - - Grand Rapids Community College has a commitment to the use of Blackboard statement (this is in addition to requirements for all faculty to use the college's student information system to post final grades for classes): AGC (Academic Governing Council) COMMITMENT TO THE USE OF BLACKBOARD "GRCC Commitment to the Use of Blackboard Rationale: Grand Rapids Community College recognizes that effective communication and timely feedback on performance contribute to student learning and success. Therefore, GRCC makes the following commitments: Faculty Commitment: By no later than the second semester of teaching, each faculty member will, at a minimum, use Blackboard to provide students with the course syllabus and faculty contact information. Use of the Blackboard Grade Center to provide regular feedback (where appropriate) is strongly encouraged. Institutional Commitment: To support this Faculty Commitment, GRCC will provide each teaching faculty member with access to appropriate technology, training for its use, adequate system capacity, and timely technical trouble-shooting." See: http://bit.ly/IGidyK - - - Sincerely, Eric _________________________________________________________ e r i c j. k u n n e n Grand Valley State University Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Information Technology 010 Mary Idema Pew Library 1 Campus Drive Allendale, MI 49401-9403 kunnene@gvsu.edu | (616) 331-9171 | @ekunnen -----Original Message----- From: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Gerd Kortemeyer Sent: Monday, December 02, 2013 1:59 PM To: BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: Re: [BLEND-ONLINE] Fwd: [CIO] LMS Minimum Use Policy Hi, This assumes that an institution has one and only one LMS, which is usually not the case for larger institutions. Also, in my opinion, this would seriously infringe on faculty academic freedom, and would not likely pass at larger institutions - it shouldn't! - Gerd.
Hi,
There is no policy at Penn State or the University of Miami that mandates some minimal use of an LMS in every course.  In both cases, course spaces are automatically created for every section of every course, but it is up to the faculty as to whether they choose to active those spaces or not.  I’m in favor of that model.  Some faculty have no desire to use an LMS or it doesn’t fit the needs of the courses they teach.  Some faculty are happy using an LMS for one or two particular needs.  Some faculty have moved beyond the idea of an LMS and are using a collection of other technologies that exceed LMS capabilities. 

However, on student surveys at both institutions, the biggest complaint about the LMS is that faculty do not use it in a consistent manner.

    -Allan-

Allan Gyorke

Assistant Vice President for Information Technology

Chief Academic Technology Officer

P: (305) 284-6101


From: Gerd Kortemeyer <korte@LITE.MSU.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv <BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM
To: "BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [BLEND-ONLINE] Fwd: [CIO] LMS Minimum Use Policy

Hi,

This assumes that an institution has one and only one LMS, which is usually not the case for larger institutions.

Also, in my opinion, this would seriously infringe on faculty academic freedom, and would not likely pass at larger institutions - it shouldn’t!

- Gerd.

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