Program Description:

It’s a LIGHTNING ROUND with Tim Chase and his crack-team of LMS-using compadres: 30 better ways to leverage our Learning Management Systems. The best practices we demo in this 60-minute blitz are NOT based on any one LMS, and we’ll show how we can use them in Canvas, Moodle, Edmodo, Schoology, and more. Hybrid learning and fully virtual classrooms will both benefit, and if we — breathlessly — get our 30 tips shown in time, we’ll open the mic for more quick tips from the floor.

  • elearning Design and Instruction for Baker Charter Schools (Web Academy)
  • Oregon Virtual School District Trainer
  • 1. Naming with Numbers: first number is week / unit; second is order of assignment for that unit (I think I do this).
  • 2. Naming with Points: include point values in assignment name (good call; I spend a good amount of time hunting down points, especially for non-traditional assignments).
  • 3. Keep a Backup. I mostly do this, but maybe not as much as I should. He uses a GoogleSite: each page is an assignment. Now he uses GoogleSlides. Each slide is an assignment. Sidebar navigation makes it easy(er).
  • 4. Common Cartridge. LMS’s can be Common Cartridge compliant, which seems to be a universal platform / language that will allow transfer between LMSs.
  • 5. Title at top of Text. Include title of page at top of textbox, so that you don’t have to rewrite / recompose title when copying and pasting.
  • 6. Use GoogleDrive for Videos. Download from YouTube, upload to GoogleDrive (or I use Vimeo). Align titles of videos with assignments.
  • 7. Use GoogleDrive for Docs.
  • 8. Syllabus. Using LMS to create a landing space for different courses and platforms. Use GoogleDocs to create syllabus and headings to create a table of contents that links to each unit.
  • 9. Resubmit. Allow resubmission along the lines of the mastery approach.
  • 10. Project Checklist. Provide it, and then copy checklist and include in submission (to ensure that they saw it). And if in the submission, it can be copied into the feedback.
  • 11. Control Click. Allows for batch opening of tabs / links (maybe platform specific?).
  • 12. Bookmarks / Folders. Bookmark everything you need to open (and only those), and then use the Bookmark All Tabs to create a folder.
  • 13. Grading Discussions. Make an assignment that asks students to copy and paste their participation in a discussion into a separate document.
  • 14. Chat Room. Creates camraderie (?)
  • 15. Peer Review (of portfolios). Portfolio ups work as does the peer review of those portfolios.
  • 16. Collecting Parent Info. (I do this already.)
  • 17. Rolling Point Totals. 100 pts per week for easy charting of grade.
  • 18. Status Checks. Have students review their own work in terms of their grade, missing work, work that should be resubmitted, current work, etc. [I like this idea.]
  • 19. Solicit Comments. As part of project checklist: how much time did this take? what did you think?
  • 20. Portfolio. Link-submit.
  • 21. Join Codes / URLs. An efficient way to facilitate joining online courses.
  • 22 & 23. Multi-Paste. Browser Clipboard is a Chrome plug-in? that allows multiple clipboards? I think I just like keeping them in Evernote.
  • 24 & 25. Screen Recording. Screen Record the grading process. He uses SOM / Screencast-o-matic and Screenr.
  • 26. Build rapport with tech support.
  • 27. Subscribe to Notifications from you Help Boards.
  • 28. ?
  • 29. Audience-generated tips are here.
  • 30. Feedback loop.


Very good. Very dynamic speaker.