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I think Rick and Mike's points can be complimentary. Right now, an LMS serves the majority of my faculty's needs quite well. That leaves ~10% who won't use technology and ~10% who push beyond what the LMS can offer. LMSes are always a step behind the latest web-based/social-networked technology, so they can't keep up with the early-adopter faculty, thus we work closely with them to gather other tools which fit their needs and also to learn from as they break new trails.
Ever since I heard him speak at ELI, I've found Jon Mott's idea of a loosely-coupled gradebook to be an intriguing possible solution to this problem:
This terrific idea would allow the institution to maintain a centralized gradebook (meeting whatever regulations are required there) and for innovative faculty to use whatever services/applications they find today and tomorrow. Perhaps that loosely-coupled gradebook could even live in the LMS, which would serve the bulk of the faculty well.
I look forward to learning more from Jon and BYU's experiences.
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