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)