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A Practical Guide for Transitioning Your Course to Your LMS Platform

Updated: Mar 15


Introduction

In the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the Globe, many schools, colleges, universities, and organizations are cancelling their classes and training sessions switching to all online engagement. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this unprecedented public health situation.


The purpose of this post is to present to you a practical guide to help quickly transition your course and/or training course to online platforms. In particular, my focus here is on utilizing learning management systems (LMS) to implement the 5 E's instructional model.


Please note that this is not an attempt to ignore or to lessen the importance of the required training and preparations to better manage the change of transitioning to online presence and utilizing the digital tools. Nevertheless, we are living a global pandemic situation that requires all of us to be agile learners and speed up our adoption of such methodologies.


Training Methodology Model

I would to first start by presenting to you and highly recommend utilizing the Knowledge/Skills/Application methodology shown in the diagram below as a model for the training process. For each of the components of this model, I am presenting example activities and possible learning environments. To effectively implement this methodology a digital learning environment (LMS) is highly recommended and is required that offers the following features:

  • competency based learning

  • evidence and portfolio based training

  • analytics allowing for benchmarking and measuring added value

For example an ePortfolio could be utilized to demonstrate mastery of the application components of the training. I strongly believe that mentoring is very essential during the application phase of the learning process to achieve the required impact as well as to achieve learners' engagement. For practical guide on implementing this model please checkout my post titled "Utilizing Emerging Technologies to Prepare an Agile Workforce: A Practical Approach".


5 E's Instructional Model Mapped to LMS Digital Tools

"The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) 5E Instructional Model has its origins with the work of earlier science educators, in particular the Karplus and Thier learning cycle developed for the Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS). The findings reported in the National Research Council research summary How People Learn supports the design and sequence of the BSCS 5E Instructional Model. Since the late 1980s, BSCS has used the 5E Instructional Model extensively in the development of new curriculum materials and professional development experiences. The BSCS 5E Instructional Model also enjoys widespread use beyond BSCS: at least three states strongly endorse using the BSCS 5E Instructional Model, and a Google search shows ubiquitous use of the model for curriculum frameworks, assessment guidelines, or course outlines; curriculum materials; and teacher professional development." For more information, please refer to the BSCS web page at the following URL: https://bscs.org/bscs-5e-instructional-model/.


The following diagram presents an overview of the 5 E's instructional model:

Watch the following 7-minute presentation of the BSCS 5 E's Instructional Model by Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, BioEd Online, Science Teacher Resources from Baylor College of Medicine:


The following slides present the five stages of learning as proposed by the 5 E's Instructional Model where I am providing the following elements for each:

  • Stage Description

  • eLearning Instructional Strategy

  • LMS Digital Tools

Conclusions

I highly recommend that teachers and trainers take advantage of the availability of the digital tools to keep themselves and most importantly their learners engaged in problem solving, collaboration, and learning activities.


The LMS platforms offer a self contained environment having all the required tools as well as privacy of the learners' data unlike other platforms that trade free online services for learners' data. On this topic checkout the article titled "Google Classrooms: trading children’s information for free online services?". Moreover, LMS platforms are capable of tracking learning activities and subsequently offers data that allows us to measure value added using data analytics and dashboards.


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