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Flipping the LMS to Support Agile Course Design and High-Impact Learning

In this project, we will develop and test a new web interface that will enhance students’ accessibility to course contents and the instructor. The web interface will also enable rapid and flexible editing to course content across multiple courses, thus minimizing the usability barriers encountered with traditional LMSs.

The prototype web interface will be comprised of three components: a lightweight content management system called GravCMS which will store and permit easy modification of course content, a “Course Hub” toolkit which will display the course content, and a direct-to-instructor chat tool which will provide immediate synchronous access to the instructor when the instructor is online. Educational administrative course functions that are traditionally found in an LMS, such as Dropbox, Discussion, Email, Statistics, will continue to be used, via web link from the Course Hub to D2L. This particular model for a “Flipped LMS” was designed by Paul Hibbitts and implemented in his SFU course, CMPT363 (Canvas LMS). Hibbitts, a SFU-based educator and learning experience design expert, designed the “Course Hub” and its associated tutorials, and has made these available as open-source software. For this BCIT project, Student IDs and personal information will not be shared between D2L and the prototype web interface, and the Course Hub will be secured behind a BCIT password protected area.

Through this project, we will develop “know-how” on teaching, learning, and implementing a course through a modern lightweight technology that provides greater convenience and agility for interacting with students and course content than is possible in the current LMSs. Several D2L courses will be selected for the prototype from the Health Leadership Advanced Certificate program, a fully online program that involves high-impact educational practices for advanced learners.

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