LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
A place to tell students what unit to study and when it is due
A place to get the link to your course content and units of study
A place for students to turn in work
A place to provide grades and written feedback for student work.
Consider the LMS as your learning hub. Students go to this tool to find out where their content is located and when they need to turn in work. They also can receive feedback and grades for the work in the LMS. Most LMS systems allow you to share content inside the tool itself. As I stated before, I did not want to be bound to my institution's LMS so I chose to store my content in a separate tool.
This tool, if used correctly will make your work so much easier. You are able to track who has completed work, know when it was submitted and will have a vehicle to provide constructive feedback. If your school does not have an LMS, consider using Google Classroom. It is a clean and simple way to share your content, collect work and provide grades and comments.
We used the tool Lectrio for a few years and found similar success until the company changed hands and the site went down for two weeks. Our content was built into the LMS and we had no way of retrieving it. We learned an important lesson. Keep your content separate and in a tool that you can manage. This company is rebuilding and in time, will be a great tool for blended learning.
A Google Classroom Assignment Page
Class work flow chart