Does your LMS have a hole? It’s not a leak. It’s a necessary feature.
In our online class at Royal Roads University this week, Learning Management Systems are under the microscope. To the question about a favourite LMS, I’m going to say “Any LMS + Open Web”. Below is what I posted in the closed Moodle forum.
“Learning Management Systems may be unavoidable in institutions, but inevitable does not mean a single story. I strongly favor the practice of linking outside the LMS for features that are richer than the LMS can provide. Anything I put into the LMS effectively dies when access is closed, if it isn’t erased outright by the Admin. But if we discuss a burning issue on my blog, I can keep the conversation for future reference years from now. And if you or I link it on Facebook, others outside the class can join in giving us an even richer diversity of perspectives. So I’m going to practice what I preach and copy this to my blog. For the sake of click-analytics that affect your grade, do comment here of course, but come over to www.wayupnorth.ca/blog and paste your response into a comment there too. I’d love to have you disagree with me or take the vision farther than I could have imagined it.”
Besides blog discussions, we could talk about preserving images on Flickr, audio recordings on SoundCloud, videos on YouTube, etc. I’m conflating sharing with preservation. Those are sharing services, of course, not reliable cloud storage, but for the purpose of escaping from a mandatory LMS, they illustrate my point.