A Weblog Learning Management System - Part 1
OK, here's a think about the weblog as LMS idea that I've been knocking about for a while.
It's not new: Dave Feasey says in 2002:
"It's only a matter of time before someone develops an LMS for Userland Frontier. I think Zope is also a good candidate with much more robust built in features than Frontier. Steal this idea."
I say "OK" :o)
and Davd Davies has also developed a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) using Manila. Rather than WebCT!
Well, first up is WHY you'd want to & here are a few of my reasons:
- A LMS build upon weblogs gives each participant their own, lasting, audible voice.
- A weblog LMS has a good chance of really creating community, especially in the kind of way Derek Powazek sees community
- A weblog LMS can make everything PUBLIC, that is, whereas participation can be 'controlled', knowledge networks are out there & available.
- A weblog LMS can do wonderful things with RSS (for example, imagine learners feeding into an RSS community aggregator on an instructors weblog!)
- A weblog LMS would be a hell of a lot cheaper, more flexible and more functional than the current crop of LMSs I've encountered. AND do everything they do, just as well (except for lockoing away content & giving people enormous headaches :o)
So, how would it look? Well, here's an idea... a kinda revision of my earlier idea: A Weblog LMS
How would it work? Well, so I can a. think about it & b. not turn this into an essay, I'll have a crack at that soon!