If you had fun with my discussion in this blog entry about Cobbling Together an LMS, you’ll just love this next one. Paging through the new Google+ Communities, I noticed a group of college professors–working with adult learners, of course, like we are–who are using GoogleApps for Online Courses. Again, this is just something to help you look at PD from another angle.
Tells a story of how professors (Dr. Judah Thornewill) at University of Louisville in 2012 created and delivered a 3 credit-hour online course with no programmers using free Google Apps technologies – and kept control of the copyright. This includes 12 steps they took.
There’s also a Google+ Community--Using GoogleApps as a Free LMS–that discusses how to accomplish this and offers support – http://goo.gl/iGjWE
There’s no shortage of alternatives to traditional learning management systems (LMSs) like Blackboard, Desire2Learn and Moodle. What there does seem to be a shortage of is the will to use these in K-12 schools to transform learning. Thank goodness to those who have begun, or have been, trying these approaches!