From Course Management to Curricular Capabilities: A Capabilities Approach for the Next-Generation CMS

From Course Management to Curricular Capabilities: A Capabilities Approach for the Next-Generation CMS

Van Weigal (Eastern University, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-512-2.ch012
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Abstract

The course management system (CMS) has become a focal point for conceptualizing the place and purpose of e-learning in higher education. Because of the architectural biases of these systems, some pedagogical approaches seem more “natural” or “feasible” while other — potentially more promising — approaches remain unexplored. This chapter begins by presenting four student-focused core capabilities that should be at the forefront of our pedagogical thinking — the development of skill sets related to critical thinking, self-confidence, peer learning, and knowledge management capabilities. Using this foundation, the author explores four basic curricular capabilities (or services) that learning systems of the future will require: 1) a discovery-based learning capability; 2) a 360-degree out-of-the-course capability; 3) a knowledge asset capability; and 4) a teach-to-learn capability.

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