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Course Management System (CMS)

Definition 

The technology product that manages course content and assessment tools, allowing content to be accessed, uploaded, modified, and then delivered to students as student-facing learning experiences. CMS' are also referred to as Learning Management Systems (LMS).

Features 

  • Timely Support

Designer's Tips 

If you purchase a digital curriculum, it will be housed in its own learning management system. Some will allow you to add content, or performance tasks, others won't. If their CMS (also called an LMS) won't allow you to add, or you decide not to add, you'll need an additional system for Performance Tasks: there are various options available. 2Revolutions has created a few tools to help designers learn about the various digital tools they will need to consider. It's worth reviewing their documents to get a sense of how different tools interact with and support each other.

Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line 

If you purchase a digital curriculum, it will be housed in learning management system. Some will allow you to add content, or performance tasks, others won't. If their LMS won't allow you to add, or you decide not to add, you'll need an additional system for Performance Tasks: there are various options available. With a tight timeline, it's potentially better to delay purchasing an LMS, unless teachers are creating their own curricular materials. Teachers will have their hands full working with digital learning assets.
Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term. 

Assessing Deeper Learning

Description 

This survey will be especially helpful for schools looking to buy or develop technology-based mastery learning solutions for implementing performance assessments. The resource  'investigate[s] the state of the field and report[s] on the best practices, tools, and resources.' Though "Deeper Learning" is not exclusively a mastery learning pedagogical approach, it has been adopted by key players in the field: Summit Public Schools, Asia Society, High Tech High and others.

Authors 

Carri Schneider, Tom Vander Ark

Resource Type 

  • Report

Publishing Organization 

Getting Smart

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Grade Composition
Grade Reports
Promotion Plan
Course Management System (CMS)
Learning Management System (LMS)

Making Mastery Accessible: Guide to Selecting Learning Assets

Description 

Identifying or developing high-quality learning assets to support mastery learning remains challenging, particularly at the secondary level. This design guide is organized as a set of check-lists that can be used to evaluate the quality and appropriateness of online learning assets. Using the checklists will help you reflect on issues such as the appropriateness for your students' knowledge and skills, alignment with your school's competencies and standards, the existence of embedded formative and summative assessments, and the asset's progress tracking capabilities.

Authors 

Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Blended Learning
Playlist
Course Management System (CMS)
Digital Teaching Environment
Learning Assets
Learning Management System (LMS)
Scope and Sequence