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.
There are certain limitations to any LMS. These limitations have led programs that are based on constructive principles to allow students to use affordable third party applications to keep their productions. Deep University administrators will be 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 to reach pedagogical goals. As a startup institution seeking acreditation, Deep University is in search for the best instruments to meet the needs of a clientele that, in large part, is not yet 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, teachers may use various third party applications that are conducive to better learning and project achievement. Under the top thumbnail "My DU," click on "My Apps" to see a list of applications available to learn and support instructional activities. Students will be able to create their own Personal Learning 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. 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.