Trends in Ed: The Mandatory LMS
As part of a 5-year strategic plan
aimed at making the most of university resources, Lasell College
in Massachusetts is requiring that all faculty members use their Moodle platform for all courses. If you've ever fielded LMS support, you may have an inkling of the sort of nightmare Lasell has signed up for, but their heart seems to be in the right place. The essential goal of the program is to build a robust online presence for the college to standardize student procedures, communicate more effectively within the community, and gather more accurate statistics. Faculty will be required to create sections in Moodle to correspond to each physical course and use the platform to take attendance and collect assignments.
Lasell is eager to break into the online market and push fully online courses by 2017, making the online faculty immersion more important. At the very least, all the online bureaucracy might serve as a little retirement push aimed at tech-unfriendly professors.↬