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.
Video (20 minutes):
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.
The 12 Steps are written out here: http://goo.gl/k3Dza
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!
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