At most universities, the subject LMS site is the primary interface for the student learning experience. If the site is poorly organised, students do not know how to navigate the learning experience, such as when to engage with what content. If assessment criteria are minimally indicated, the quality of submissions suffers. If no tools are used to foster interaction, the learning experience becomes isolating. Conversely, when LMS sites are effectively designed and maintained, the quality of the student learning experience tends to be high. The quality of LMS sites varies across universities and within programs of study. Students who experience a well-designed site in their first semesters come to expect this standard in subsequent semesters.
Bond University thereby undertook a whole-of-university strategic priority project to improve 180 LMS subject sites in 180 days. Associate Deans (Learning & Teaching) in each faculty selected the sites. The initial quality of the sites varied, with many assessed as initially high quality, meaning that improvement meant moving from strength to strength and focusing on elements such as increasing elements of technology enhanced learning.
The key takeaways for workshop participants will be:
- Project design suggestions including how to resource
- Identification of challenges and stumbling blocks, as well as success strategies
- Checklists and professional development materials
- Illustration of before and after improvements as exemplars
- Ideas for increasing elements of technology enhanced learning
- Templates for emails, announcements and other communications