Learning Management System
Best Practices for using an LMS as a Companion to your Face to Face Campus Course
- Organize: Keep your course space well organized with each
item located in an aptly named folder. Try to have the basic set-up in
place before class starts, so students will know where to go when you ask them
to locate a certain item or assignment.
- Post Key Documents: Be sure to post any document that your
students will need to reference throughout the semester – such as the syllabus,
the course schedule, or the reading schedule.
- Be Clear: Clearly name each folder and each item within
your course space. Titles like “drop box” aren’t helpful to students who are
looking for a specific drop box. A better title would be something like “Mid-term
Essay Exam Drop Box.”
- Post Once: Avoid posting the same information in multiple
locations. Multiple postings create confusion for students and could potentially
create frustration for you should you decide to copy your course space and use
it in future semesters.
- Dates & Point Values: Keep deadlines and points on your
course schedule or syllabus only instead of sprinkling them throughout the course
space. This will save you time and frustration should you decide to copy
the course for future use.
- Convert to PDF: When possible, convert documents to PDFs
to ensure that students with varying versions of word processing software can
access your documents.
- Post Tech Help Policies: Post the IT Help Desk’s contact
information and your policy about missing assignments or exams due to “technical”
issues. You may also want to include this information on your syllabus.
- Assessment Planning: We recommend having all heavily weighted
assignments or exams posted at the beginning of the semester so that students
know exactly where they will be submitting their work or taking their exam.
For exams, this means leaving the Access dates unchecked, but setting the dates
on the Interaction tab for when you want students to be able to see and take
- Make Announcements: Start a discussion board where you
can post announcements, updates, and other information you may have mentioned
briefly in class. You can also use this area to clarify confusing items or remind
students of due dates.
- Supplement: Post supplemental materials and materials that
reinforce your class lectures and discussions. If you do choose to post
your entire lecture notes, we recommend posting them well after you’ve
delivered the lecture; otherwise, you may notice a dip in attendance.
- Use the Tools: Don’t shy away from trying different things,
like a discussion board or a poll. These additional tools can make your course
space fun and interactive.
- Build Community: In a large classroom, students may
not know one another. Encourage students to communicate by creating teams, group
discussions, or study groups. They can facilitate their meetings using online
tools like the virtual chat rooms or Web Conferencing.
- Optional Activities: Continue challenging overachievers
by posting optional or extra-credit activities in your course space.
- Use the Grade Book: Post grades automatically in a safe,
secure place by using the grade book feature. This is an excellent way to increase
student satisfaction and boost performance!
- Come to Training: Come to a
here at WSU Global Campus to learn more about how WSU's LMS works. Every training session includes
an opportunity for faculty to ask questions.