This past week, Harriet and I began to present our ideas on a new vision for the Learning Management System at the TxDLA 2009 conference. We will continue to present these at other conferences, including the Sloan-C Emerging Technology conference. We had some rough ideas, but the common feedback we heard was: we need to make some big changes… now! A few really good ideas were shared as interacted with people and received feedback. So, coming soon, we will be opening up an area to discuss what the new vision could look like.
The biggest missing piece right now is the name. We have plenty of ideas for how this can look, and even for a new instructional design method to accompany a new LMS… but we need to come up with a new term to describe this system. ‘ Learning management system’, ‘course management system’, ‘virtual learning environment’, and most all other terms have problems. Well, problems in addition to being over-used. We want to create a system that focuses on connectivism, active learning, social connections, constructivism, etc. The best I have in ‘Connection Environment.’ Harriet came up with ‘Connection Console.’ Both console and environment have connotations in other areas… so they might not work. Maybe that is what we can brainstorm also.
Stay tuned for links to discussion areas and other assorted EduPunk-ish goodness coming soon :)