Call for Papers: Beyond Moodle

Blogging and Mobile Way, Way Beyond Blackboard, Moodle & Co
von Bruce Spear

I would like to talk about how the tremendous advances in web literacy and the consumerization of IT, modern sophisticated workplace communications, web design (over engineering), mobile and cloud services, and the outsourcing of IT departments are leading students and faculty way, way beyond the concept, design, and management of traditional learning management systems and e-learning strategies based on them.

I will discuss how the rich communications environments of modern workplaces might recommend a syllabus designed to develop student autonomy, group work, and web-based authoring and publishing practices as well as close integration with research and writing in the traditional (here, business school) disciplines.  The talk will be illustrated with examples of student work on the web as you will find here, a review of the advice I offer them as you will find on my page on methods, and the scholarly and professional work I outline here.

My primary references for this talk include educators in the tradition of American Pragmatism as well as recent authors in the fields of knowledge management and web design, including John Dewey, Donald Schön, John Seely Brown, Andrew Sullivan, Howard Rheingold, Jeanne Ross, Thomas Davenport, Steve Denning, Nancy Duarte, A List Apart, and Andrew McAfee.


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3 thoughts on “Call for Papers: Beyond Moodle

  1. Fascinating arc of arguments here…You might like to take a look at the contribution by Jan Hecker-Stampehl also on this blog. He is limiting himself to discussing blogs while you speak of an entire environment. For me, hearing good examples from your teaching practice would be most interesting (rather than theory) and perhaps getting a sense also of the limitations of this method…for good critical measure, as it were. There are strong reasons for and against learning platforms everywhere.

  2. Thanks for the good advice, Marcus!

    “The proof is in the puding”, we like to say, and I will indeed concentrate on what the students are doing and what they might be learning, with lots of examples.

    In the event anyone might like a preview: I’ve been offering detailed comments on student work here,, and have just created a website to work up my talk here,

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