Wesley Fryer says he hears at educational conferences people comment the following: “If Facebook was like learning management systems we’d have to delete all our ‘friends’ every fifteen weeks!”
I agree! I´ve previously as a student administrator at university met students frustrated after having lost their access to a course room after the semester is over.
And why shouldn´t they be?
Although I rarely see teachers actually fully take advantage of the opportunities that lie in a LMS, but if they actually did, there would be no logic in kicking the learners out afterward. I mean, as a teacher I´ve always encouraged students to buy their textbooks, and also to keep them after. The stuff you are supposed to learn you are going to want to have access to look up in for a long time after. Just think of all the times you´ve done so yourself! I wouldn´t get rid of my books for anything!
So how can we encourage digital learning and at the same time kick them out after the class? Doesn´t make sense.
Wesley Fryer´s solution is to use open online spaces like creating blogs in stead of paper entries in a LMS. It does sound appealing, but shouldn´t the learning environment be a safe space to try out things before you enter the real world, so to speak? Should there be no room for trying and failing first? The digital footprint could be fatal if you fall off a ledge…
Could someone please improve the LMS´s instead, so that a student could maybe save the essentials (and I don´t just mean storage of single files of this and that, but valuable interaction) on to their computers or their personal cloud storage space? I don´t know in which form, but preferably I see it as a downloaded snapshot of the whole interior grid and content. That is, they can now make snapshots of movies with FastStoneCapture, as Leif Harboe points out, so why not?