Tonight’s Specials: Offering a Customized "Menu" in Your LMS Using LTI Tools
Concurrent Session 6
We are constantly working to offer new “gourmet selections” of LTI tools to expand the capabilities of the LMS and to encourage pedagogical innovation and collaboration within the online environment. Each tool demands a specialized implementation plan including varying levels of evaluation, preliminary testing, piloting, documentation and support development.
LTI Tools offer a buffet of choices that expand the capabilities of the learning management system. Many are eager to suggest, pilot, and implement these potential solutions…if only it were that easy! With a large population involving faculty, students, support specialists and administrators, we have spent a great deal of time working to offer our users unique choices within the digital learning environment in hopes of opening multiple venues for an innovative, engaging, and collaborative environment. Depending on the needs and functions of the tool, each one required a unique and specialized pathway leading up to launch and availability that included varying levels of evaluation, preliminary testing, a controlled pilot, and documentation and support development.
In response to an ambitious strategic initiative in our yearly planning, assessment, and continuous improvement plan, the Office of Digital Education at Marist College, in collaboration with Web Services, set out to offer a new tool in our learning management system each quarter. The motivations behind this initiative thrived primarily on faculty demand, needs, and requests. The following questions began to repeat themselves…What can we do next? What can we do better?
Our experiences over the past year or two include an assortment of both successes and failures. As the leader of each of these projects for my team, the experience changed each and every time a new tool was explored. Our experience with each LTI integration includes the ways we progressed through testing, vetting, piloting, and implementing each tool, or, in one case, not moving forward with implementation. Depending on the needs of the tool, the process and implementation team varied greatly. In addition to the technical exploration and integration of these tools, we have an assortment of faculty and student success stories to highlight some of our favorite applications and innovations of these tools.
The presentation aligns with a restaurant analogy – preparing an enticing menu that ultimately leads to gourmet options that lead to rave reviews that keep the customers (or faculty and students) coming back for more. Tool assessments and review data as well as usage statistics will be available. Audience engagement questions are integrated to allow for small group discussion and networking as attendees discuss perspectives and practical application of our various methods, strategies and implementations.