Team-teaching: Desire2Learn Session

Evidence: Recording of my presentation on Desire2Learn content tools (synchronous Collaborate session March 15, 2014)

OLTD 504 Learning Outcome addressed: Demonstrate basic competency with design and implementation within a variety of LMS and non-LMS environments and tools.


Reflection to Support Evidence:

Our cohort participated in a Jigsaw activity in order to learn about Learning Management Systems (LMSs).  We were divided into teaching teams and assigned a LMS (Desire2Learn, Moodle or Canvas) based on our choice.  Each team then met as a group and members chose which tool(s) they would become an expert in and then teach the LMS group during a synchronous Blackboard Collaborate session.  I chose to work with Desire2Learn, as it is the LMS in use at VIU, where I currently teach.

LMSs can be challenging to learn on your own, as they often contain many tools.  Working together as a team to learn how to use D2L is an effective (and efficient) way to gain basic competency with the tools needed for design and implementation of the LMS.  Even though I have used D2L for two years, I still found it very helpful to listen and participate as my team walked me through features that I had never used, or had not used enough to be proficient.  For example, I have never used the Gradebook feature, but after seeing how it works, and hearing how useful it is from team members that already use it, I will be using this feature in my upcoming courses.

Another way this evidence addresses the outcome is in the presentation piece itself.  In order to present successfully, I had to be familiar with the non-LMS environment, Blackboard Collaborate.  To prepare for my piece of the Jigsaw presentation, I met with other team members in the Collaborate room to practice screen sharing, uploading of PowerPoint slides, and a quick run-through of my presentation.  This helped with my confidence during the actual session.

Basic competency with design and implementation within a variety of LMS and non-LMS environments and tools is important. Understanding how a tool works and what it offers is a critical first step in deciding whether the tool meets the learning needs of your students as well as meeting your teaching needs.  Using a combination of LMS and non-LMS tools may be an effective way to approach the design of your course.  As I move forward, I intend to explore more non-LMS tools and include them in my course design to enhance my student’s learning.

Jigsaw for LMS – Desire2Learn (video link to VIUTube)


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