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Constructing a Dynamic Hybrid Course Website

Most universities incorporate a version of a learning management system or LMS such as Blackboard or Moodle. These systems have allowed professors and students to access learning materials for the course; however, both professors and students are limited to the static nature of many LMS providers. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, the company TechChange has developed a multi-layered learning management system that incorporates more social media features and builds a more dynamic hybrid course website. Many of these features are available via open source software which can be incorporated into other LMS providers.


According to the article, TechChange created its website Drupal and incorporated open source software into this LMS. In order to provide the students with a more dynamic hybrid course, Drupal uses technology that assesses students' familiarity with online LMS and shows a visual map of the course content. Throughout the course, students can share their internet research through social media venues, and professors can incorporate these resources into the course website. Drupal moves away from a linear form of online course content and embraces a more visual model which allows for a more dynamic hybrid course website.

You can read more at The Chronicle for Higher Education.





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