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Surveys Find: Students, Faculty Have Contrasting Views of Classroom Technology

Surveys Find: Students, Faculty Have Contrasting Views of Classroom Technology | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Faculty and students vary widely in their impressions of technology's impact on campus, and their expectations are evolving rapidly, according to research presented last week at the 2017 Educause Annual Conference in Philadelphia.
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Interesting-students love their laptops and smartphones, not their tablets; don't like e-portfolios; and kind of like student success systems. Faculty like the LMS, feel ok about tech in the classroom, and don't know much about student success systems..here's another article with additional details

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What's Coming in Sakai 11? Find out now!

What's Coming in Sakai 11? Find out now! | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Durham Tech was lucky to get Neal Caidin, the Sakai Community Coordinator, to provide a workshop about what's coming up right around the corner (there's a 50/50 chance Sakai 11 will be ready May 2016, but don't quote anyone on that estimate).
Becky Roehrs's insight:

We have Sakai 2.9 (open source LMS), so I'm excited about the great enhancements that are coming with Sakai 11:

  • User friendly improvements: full student dashboard
  • Responsive design: device friendly LMS
  • Improved accessibility (even more than previously)


Don't know about Sakai? Here's what it's capable of: Check out Sakai Features

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Teach with Gooru - assign collections and quizzes to your students or class

Teach with Gooru - assign collections and quizzes to your students or class | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Gooru is a free search engine for learning, developed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the human right to education.

Becky Roehrs's insight:

Gooru looks very slick if you don't have a Learning Management System to handle assignments, tests, lessons, videos, plus it provides interactive games..set-up for grades 5-12..

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Study Ranks Accessibility of Top Learning Management Systems

Study Ranks Accessibility of Top Learning Management Systems | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
A university study comparing learning management systems has concluded that the latest crop of learning management systems evaluated have made "significant progress" since the assessments started in 2005.
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Desire2Learn did the best, then Sakai/Moodle, and finally Blackboard ended up at the bottom..the article pointed out that Blackboard's latest version has improved accessibility..but most of the other LMS's have newer versions as well..

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Sakai 11 is here!

Sakai 11 is here! | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Sakai 11 is here! Find out what you can do with Sakai 11 using our new videos and handouts.
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We not only have Sakai 11 instructor and student videos and handouts-but try out the new Lessons, check lists, questions, and updated student content/pages. It's responsive and accessible -displays on any device.

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Top 5 LMS Benefits for Students Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Top 5 LMS Benefits for Students Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
The Top 5 LMS Benefits for Students Infographic presents 5 ways in which learning management systems benefit students.
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I definitely like LMS's, though I'm partial to open source LMS's like Sakai and Moodle, and this infographic points out how LMS's can improve communication and access to learning for students.

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Melissa Summerford's curator insight, February 4, 2015 10:47 AM
Good to know we're good for something!!!
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LMS Accessibility Comparison: Blackboard vs Desire2Learn vs Moodle vs SAKAI

LMS Accessibility Comparison: Blackboard vs Desire2Learn vs Moodle vs SAKAI | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Would you be interested in a Learning Management Systems Accessibility comparison especially for higher education?

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Based on the versions studied: Desire2Learn does the best, Sakai and Moodle are tied for next, Blackboard is left in the dust..

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Open Source Learning Management Systems

The Ultimate list of Open Source Learning Management Systems. If anyone of you have used one or more of the above open source LMS I will very much appreciate if
Becky Roehrs's insight:

Check out Moodle, .LRN, eFront, Dokeos, Sakai, and ATutor. The author loves Moodle, but as a faculty trainer, I love Sakai. If you use Blackboard or something similar, Sakai works in a similar way, with emphasis on collaboration, but with many free tools and affordable vendors.

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