Learning Management System

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Module Summary

You will learn about the web application used at K-State University by instructors to teach students. This web application was created by the Office of Mediated Education and is upgraded periodically incorporating feedback received from instructors and students about the existing tools, incorporation of new tools and how the system should work.

Takeaways

Learners will...

  • Learn about the LMS at Kansas State University
  • Identify the different suites of KSOL (K-State Online)
  • Create a course

Main Contents

Learning Management System is a web application used to create an effective online learning tool for instructors to use to teach/disseminate information periodically to learners. At Kansas State University, K-State Online is the Learning Management System used to house course content by faculty to teach, interact with students, track student progress, grade assignments, and upload documents for student download. Instructors can use K-State Online to teach a single course or several that constitute as part of a degree program. K-State Online Tools page is for instructors to control their courses; all important tools are located on this page and broken down according to Course Settings, Assessment, Files and Content, Communication, and Users subheadings.

Course Settings – includes Basic Details, installed Components, Design Theme, Homepage image, instructor settings, and Statistics. This allows the instructor to add, or remove tools, add images, choose different design themes and change the look and feel of their course at any point.

Assessment – stores all assignments (manual, online, scantron, timed, fileshare, group) along with assignment properties (instructions, points and other properties) and availability of the assignments (dates and time).

Gradebook - stores student’s grades from all assessment (quiz, exam, essays etc). Questions - stores all questions used in the course for assessment purpose, commonly known as the Question Bank and can be shared with other faculty. Attendance – assesses student attendance in a class/course (this can be converted to as assignment for grades in the gradebook).

Files and Content – stores all content created and uploaded into the course by the instructor. Wimba Content – if an instructor plans to use Wimba for their course to record lectures, content for that would be uploaded here. Finally, if content needs to be gated (students have to complete certain work before proceeding; usually useful for mastery of learning in a course). Instructors can use this to assess students’ progress of the course content.

Communication – has all the tools (Calendar, Message Board, Chat Room, Wimba Classroom, Private Memo, and Announcements) that will enable an instructor to communicate with their students while teaching their course.

Users – the Roster shows all users in the course (students, primary, secondary and visiting instructors, assignment creator, and publisher), users can be added or removed depending on the instructors prerogative. Semesters and Sections - indicates to the instructor the current semester, custom semesters can be created for intersession courses and using class number instructors can pull students into the roster from iSIS. Students Groups - enables an instructor to create student groups from the course along with all the communication tools for group work.


Before you use K-State Online you can run the Readiness Test (http://public.online.ksu.edu/support/readiness/) on your computer.

Examples

Tour of K-State Online - https://online.ksu.edu/Welcome/coursetour/index.html

Instructional Design Technology Roundtable (IDTR), September 15, 2009 - K-State Online: Tools to Improve Your Teaching - http://id.ome.ksu.edu/roundtable/k-state-online-tools-improve-your-teaching/

How To

Instructors can create one or several courses on K-State Online using their eID and password. Once your eID has been created, log into K-State Online (http://public.online.ksu.edu/) using the eID and password.

Tip: Make sure you have instructor access before you create a course. If you don't have instructor access, verify with your own department and then call the IT Help Desk((785) 532-7722;(800) 865-6143).

Once you are within K-State Online, click on the "Create a Course" link and fill in the following details:

  • add course number
  • add course name
  • choose template
  • add a welcome message
  • install your components
  • name your components if chat and message board are included
  • choose a design theme
  • select semesters and sections and
  • generate your roster.

This process creates a course shell in which an instructor can create/upload course content.

Possible Pitfalls

  • Instructors need to follow through with good housekeeping of their course(s) at the end of the semester/course which can be forgotten.
  • Often several courses are created for the same course by the instructor for each semester, which can be avoided and managed through one course. Many portions of your K-State Online course can be reused.

References

About K-State Online - http://public.online.ksu.edu/about/

Frequently Asked Questions - http://public.online.ksu.edu/faq/

To learn about eID and Password - http://www.k-state.edu/its/eid/