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What is Course Management Systems (CMS)

Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration
Are software programs which provide instructional management tools. These tools include communication tools such as email, blog and discussion links. CMS also support pedagogical tools such as podcasts, assessment and assignment options.
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Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds
Karen Weller Swanson (Mercer University, USA) and Mary Kayler (George Mason University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-906-0.ch048
As institutions look for ways to increase enrollment and students seek greater flexibility in their learning environments, blended learning is emerging as the best of both worlds. This chapter will discuss why both students and instructors choose blended learning (BL) and the benefits of BL pedagogically. The layers of software required to support BL will be briefly described for the purpose of supporting a discussion of the tools used to design online learning. The role of assessment and the need to create communities of practice within a BL environment will be illustrated. With a changing emphasis from software and function to one of learning outcomes, this chapter will present Learning Activities Management Systems (LAMS) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards which focus on the advancement of instructional design. ISTE will be introduced as a framework for students and instructors to gauge their teaching and learning goals.
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Education for Library and Information Science Professionals
Computer software system that provides a course shell with a number of integrated tools that may include chat software, threaded discussion board, online grade books, online testing, and other classroom functions.
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