The LMSPodcast series consists of interviews with people who use learning management systems. It primarily focuses on the Blackboard learning management system, but other systems are also covered. And most of the discussion is not specific to any one learning management system.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

LMS 46 Michael Chamberlain, Portland State Univ., Oregon

Michael Chamberlain is the Instructional Designer who manages the Blackboard CE system at Portland State University. Michael is just finishing their upgrade from WebCT 4 to Blackboard CE 6. He talks about the challenges they have faced and strategy they used to keep faculty expectations realistic. I interviewed Michael live, in his office, while I was in Portland for a conference, rather than using Skype to record a telephone conversation, as I normally do.

Listen to LMS46 (40 minutes)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

LMS 45 Wayne Jacobs, LeTourneau Univ., Longview, TX

How can Blackboard help faculty meet the learning needs of all the students in a class? How can all the students be actively engaged? What is active learning? In this interview, Wayne, Interim Dean of the School of Education and Chair of Kinesiology, talks about how he uses Blackboard in his classes to encourage active learning and how the School of Education participates in the faculty development at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Wayne will be presenting "Active Learning Using Technology" at BbWorld'08, July 15-17.

Listen to LMS45 (39 minutes)

Friday, May 23, 2008

LMS 44 Robbie Morse, Ivy Tech CC, Indiana

Robbie Morse uses SCORM objects to add interaction and engagement to on-line courses. Robbie speaks from experience, teaching Spanish at the University of ndianapolis and working on the creation of standard on-line course materials for all campuse of the Ivy Tech Community College System. Robbie will be presenting "Beyond Blackboard – Building on Student Interaction with SCORM Objects" at BbWorld'08, July 15-17.

Listen to LMS44 (37 minutes)

Monday, May 19, 2008

LMS 43 Dan Driscoll, Drexel University

Dan Driscoll uses the Waypoint add-on system to create a peer review system in his first-year composition courses at Drexel. He discusses how he sets up the rubrics and then has the students fill them out. The process of applying the rubric to the papers gves students as much or more value than the feedback given back to the original author. Dan will be presenting "Course-Embedded Assessmen and the Peer Review Process" at BbWorld'08, July 15-17.

Listen to LMS43 (38 minutes)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

LMS 42 Rosemary Skeele, Seton Hall

Rosemary Skeele describes how Seton Hall is using the Waypoint addon for Blackboard to help assess learning, primiarily for accreditation purposes. Waypoint allows you to integrate rubrics into Blackboard and in the process opens new possibilities. Rosemary will be presenting "Blackboard and Waypoint: Perfect Together" at BbWorld'08, July 15-17.

Listen to LMS42 (39 minutes)

Monday, May 12, 2008

LMS 41 David Carter-Tod, Virginia CC System

Anyone who is part of the Blackboard community will be familiar with Davd Carter-Tod. As a Blackboard administrator, he wrote the Javascript that kept students from printing or copying tests. He has participated in the BLKBRD-L, giving his time to help other system admins and discuss important topics. In this interview he talks about his responsibilities now, as Information Systems Architect for the Information Technology Services of the Virginia Community College System. He also talks about his philosophy on applying upgrades and where he feels his systems should be relative to the current Blackboard release.
Listen to LMS41 (43 minutes)