Friday, July 13, 2007

ISA vs HASA learning makes total sense to me

Mike Caulfield has a great post: ISA, HASA, and the Inverted LMS. He starts off talking about linguistics, and I was oh so close to bailing when I came to this:

So it’s no surprise that the modern LMS developed under what I would call a “container model”. We “upload files to” it. We have discussions “in” it. And if the “outside world” needs to see something “in there”, we give them “access”.

And the students? Well, they’re “in there” too. At least the piece of the student that belongs to that class is. You know, the English major slice. The part of the student that is a science minor is in another box, and the part of a student that is looking for a job or hanging out with friends doesn’t have a box at all.

That pretty much says it all in regard to the LMS. They aren't about the student, they are about the instructor -- making the instructor's life easier. With syndication and other technologies they don't have to be done this way anymore. It's the CBS vs USA Today strategy played out in an educational context.

What if we moved from the container model to the tagging/syndication model, and instead of uploading something into the ENG 331A box, we kept it on the student’s own site and tagged it as being relevant to his ENG 331A class and say, his professional portfolio? And maybe tagged it as a submission to the Academic Excellence Conference as well?

It's all about where you place the focus. We talk a good line about being "student centered" but the values embedded in the old line tools don't embrace that philosophy. Mike concludes:

Once again, in a student-centered LMS, the student contains part of the class rather than the class containing part of the student.

Dang that sounds nice!

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