Learning Management System (LMS)
Most universities have a Learning Management System (LMS) that all students use, where they keep their productions, portfolios, assignments, documents and realizations. Deep University is no different in that it utilizes GuruPro as a LMS and JomSocial as a social network where various groups may be created like in the first version of Facebook (without Timeline). In addition a blog and a forum are available for each class.
However their are limitations to any LMS. For example, an institutional LMS may prevent transfer by the students of their own productions, and they cannot access the product of their projects when their studies are over, after their degree. These limitations have led programs that are based on constructive principles to use affordable third party applications that allow students to keep their productions and keep ownership of their products. Deep University administrators are sensitive to these aspects.
This page is meant to guide Deep University Faculty members in the choice of appropriate digital instruments for their courses. Each application has its assets and limitations. We are not looking here for the perfect instrument but for the most useful own to reach our pedagogical goals. As a startup company, Deep University is in search for the best instruments to meet the needs of a clientele that, in large part, is not known. For that purpose, it uses principles of "The Lean StartUp," the 2011 New York Times bestseller of Eric Ries: for a certain period of time, we will go with trial and error correcting and improving our choices until they get fixed.
Depending their projects, the language they use, the students may have to explore new digital environments, and we should not refrain this open exploration, which will be conducive to new learning and innovation. Rather than imposing the same digital environment to all for bureaucratic purpose and cost effectiveness, we propose to use various third party applications that are conducive to better learning and project achievement. Thus our students will be able to create they Personal Learnal Learning Environments (PLEs). Recent research indicates PLEs are most effective in reaching learning goals than institutional learning environment.
Deep University as an institution can provide informed choices and recommendations. It may well be that the best instruments will vary from course to course, from program to program, for various languages, and from country to country. Keeping that flexibility in the choice of our instruments will keep us with constructivist principles, adapting things as we go, and providing to local campuses, professors and student the necessary digital infrastructure yet the flexibility they need to make their own choices.