Today, we hear from Dawn-Elissa Fischer as part of our Faculty Share series. Dr. Fischer is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University.
Please speak to the importance of the LMS in your teaching.
Our LMS can help students stay connected. I use it for a variety of courses: traditional, hybrid, hyflex and fully online. Using the LMS allows students to stay abreast of coursework when they need to miss scheduled class due to illness, emergency or athletic/ extra-curricular travel. The use of an LMS also allows for flexibility concerning coursework completion, if needed. That is, students can complete assessments online and are not dependent on scheduled, seated examinations. It allows us to work in a paperless environment, if needed. I find universal design and other accessibility standards easier to meet with our LMS and related academic technology tools.
How do you use the LMS? What are the LMS features you use and find crucial?
I am able to share videos, assignment explanations and reminders. I can link to our library and campus archive learning materials. I can “flip” my lectures to optimize face-to-face discussion and activity in seated courses. An important aspect that the LMS provides for students’ is the ability to stay connected and committed to completing learning outcomes. While reliance on the LMS may depend on the type of course offered (that is, whether the course is seated, hybrid, hyflex, fully online), having it there is an important safety that can support student success.
Do you use the LMS to teach all your courses, or a few?
I use the LMS for all my courses.
Do you access the LMS using a mobile device? If so, for what purposes?
I access the LMS using a mobile device often. I utilize my mobile device to edit the LMS and test how students experience it for learning and completion of coursework.
To your knowledge, do your students access your LMS course(s) on a mobile device? Do you have a sense of how that is working for them?
Yes- most students access via mobile devices. In some cases cellular access to the LMS is more reliable than home internet (cable or wifi) due to costs. In other cases, students prefer not to use mobile devices, though.
Have you tried using the gradebook in any way other than keeping grades? Are there other features for which you find new uses?
I use grade book functions. I also keep a separate record for grading assessments. I utilize student-created portfolio and video options for evaluation as well.
In addition to your LMS, what third party tools do you teach with?
There is a suite of tools offered through our campus academic technology office. These include a syllabus tool, a digital video archive and more.
Is there a particular use of the LMS you’re personally proud of?
I like linking Coursestream lectures that allow video communication alongside PowerPoint slides, where I can focus on specific reading material and then utilize class engagement for conversation and development of ideas/ critical thinking.