Seems Relevant

Laura Gekeler shares some thoughts on lms evaluations.  I consider them relevant and valuable, so I share them here.

http://lauragekeler.com/2011/05/23/how-universities-choose-their-lms-a-review-of-the-literature-but-if-you-dont-know-i-cant-tell-you/

Waiting and Disaster Recovery

Waiting…   that’s what’s going on with the question of what LMS will we use when webct reaches its end of life.  The core of an RFP has been written and supplied to the university procurement office.  And now it is time to wait.  Then it will be published and we wait some more.  Then, hopefully, some responses will come in and it will be time to evaluate.

On a different note, disaster recovery is a recurring topic, especially in IT.  Following the big tornado yesterday in Joplin, MO, I just have to wonder…  how do you plan for recovery from such utter disaster?  Something to mull on, anyway.  And, how can HIPAA be enforced when a tornado scatters medical records over miles and miles of debris field?

Incredibly thankful for the sunshine outside my window this morning.

Exploring with Oracle

Someone finally asked.  For as long as we have been using Blackboard Learning System CE8, I have been aware of the wealth of information/data available within and about our installation.  I have just never tried to summarize.  Well, I have tried a couple of times, but came up against some logic issues and put it aside.  Now, since someone has asked, I have been attempting to clarify using SQL what it takes to provide the numbers in question.

For instance, “active” accounts — seems reasonable enough.  I can get those figures pretty easily (active, not denied access, not webct_demo_* users, exclude a few other specialized logins), but what do they mean in our system?  We create accounts for all admitted students and I believe our banner connection will allow creation within CE8 of any account sent over for an enrolled member.  And we create sections for every section marked in banner (with encouragement to mark them all).  So, “active” numbers are just the numbers of accounts that could access CE8 any given semester.

Next comes the part I have puzzled over, off and on, for years.  And I have come to a simple conclusion that I can hardly believe I overlooked for all that time.  We need numbers regarding how many actually use our system.  There are log files galore and the reporting tables.  Finally, it became clear to me that anything in rpt_tracking involved someone who was logged in to the system.  While their role is UNKN, they are not in a section.  When they are in a section, the role is clear.  So, with a little bit of joining, I can get reasonable, readable, countable info about the numbers actually logging in and clicking into sections.

Of course, that doesn’t help with the age-old question of whether clicking on a discussion means you read it or not, but I’ll just put that question aside for another day.

Happy Friday!

One more time… LMS

Some LMS offerings, in alpha order…

Agilix BrainHoney: http://blog.brainhoney.com/free-account/

Blackboard Learn 9.1:  http://www.coursesites.com/

Desire2Learn:  http://www.desire2learn.com/demos/

Epsilen — http://www.epsilen.com/LandingSite/index.aspx

Instructure Canvas:  https://canvas.instructure.com/

Jenzabar:  https://www.myjenzabar.net/ics

Moodle:  http://demo.moodle.net/

Pearson learningstudio: http://www.pearsoncustom.com/pearson-learning-studio/requestdemo.php

rSmart Sakai:  http://mysakai.rsmart.com/

Another LMS added to the list

I have previously posted some links for LMS options that I have become aware of as we are researching our options for replacing Bb CE8 by its end of life.  This week I happened across another one I had never heard of —

Jenzabar:  https://www.myjenzabar.net/ics

Here are the ones from before (in no particular order):

Blackboard Learn 9.1:  http://www.coursesites.com/

Instructure Canvas:  https://canvas.instructure.com/

rSmart Sakai:  http://mysakai.rsmart.com/

Moodle:  http://demo.moodle.net/

Agilix BrainHoney: http://blog.brainhoney.com/free-account/

Desire2Learn:  http://www.desire2learn.com/demos/

Epsilen — http://www.epsilen.com/LandingSite/index.aspx

Pearson learningstudio (formerly eCollege and Fronter): http://www.pearsoncustom.com/pearson-learning-studio/requestdemo.php

WebCT Export to SIS for Spring 2011

The Export to SIS feature in the Gradebook for exporting grades to Banner has been enabled since the morning of April 28 and should remain available until 4:00pm May 9th.