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Toolbox or Trap? Course Management Systems and Pedagogy

Educause Quarterly Volume 31, Number 2, ISSN 1528-5324


Creating an online class is a task of construction. A course management system (CMS) provides faculty with a set of tools, a kit to use as they build their classes. While campuses have adopted CMSs on a wide scale, few studies have looked at how the design and use of a CMS affects pedagogy, and instructors rarely discuss how a CMS affects their teaching. Although particularly an issue for novice users, it can even pose problems for experienced online instructors. In this article, the author discusses how the default design of CMSs limits instructional creativity and pedagogical approaches. The author also provides suggestions on how instructors can build the courses they want to teach despite of the limiting features of CMSs. (Contains 3 endnotes.)


Lane, L.M. (2008). Toolbox or Trap? Course Management Systems and Pedagogy. Educause Quarterly, 31(2), 4-6. Retrieved April 7, 2020 from .

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