ELT204 Have That? Try This! WordPress as an LMS

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, November 17

Expo Hall—eLearning Tools Stage

If you’re looking for your first LMS (or starting fresh by leaving an old one behind), the number of choices you have can be overwhelming. But there’s one option you may not have thought of that can be a surprisingly good nontraditional solution, particularly if you’re working with bundling open or microlearning courses: using WordPress.

In this session, you’ll find out more about the challenges, constraints, and affordances of using WordPress as your LMS. Through real examples of this approach used with several online open courses, you’ll find out more about how features like open badges, emailing, tracking, activity/assessment tools, mobile delivery, and multimedia development actually function when you use WordPress in this way. By the end of this session, you’ll know everything you need to begin setting up your own open or microlearning portal through this unusual, but effective, LMS option.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to bundle open online courses
  • How open LMS platforms inform the design and delivery of content
  • How to evaluate the suitability of WordPress plugins and third-party applications
  • How to create a low-cost open or microlearning solution

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
WordPress with LearnDash LMS.

Melanie Meyers

Senior Instructional Designer

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Melanie Meyers is a senior instructional designer in the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation (CTLI). She has worked in educational technology in both the private and public sector since completing her MA in educational technology at Concordia University in 2004. Melanie’s focus is on the use of emerging eLearning technologies to train first responders and social justice workers. Her CTLI projects range from designing and developing open educational resources (OER), mobile learning, and simulations to academic and blended courses.

Krista Lambert

Instructional Designer

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Krista Lambert is an instructional designer at the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation in Vancouver, Canada. She holds an MEd in educational technology and learning design from Simon Fraser University.

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