Ever since I wrote that article for Academe a few months ago, I’ve been arguing that mandatory use of learning management systems is the future of higher education. Our employers will tell us it’s for the students’ convenience or maybe (to cite something that I’ve seen written up elsewhere) so that they can preserve the integrity of their learning analytics, but it will really be so that they can keep an eye on what we do all day and so that they can begin to automate the teaching process whether we faculty like it or not. And ever since writing that article, I’ve heard noises that this future is actually happening now – that some schools have already begun to require faculty to use their expensive learning management systems whether their professors actually want to or not.
As a result, I’ve decided to try to document this transformation and I need your help. Yes, I want you to help me stop just mouthing off about education technology and contribute to actual edtech research! If your school requires faculty to use the learning management system there, I want to know about it. Even better, I want you to point me to the documents where your administration justifies this policy. If you’re uncomfortable using the comment section below, then please feel free to e-mail me this kind of information at the address down the page a bit on the right.
If I get even a minimal number of responses, I’ll probably write it up at the Academe blog as a follow-up to my original article. Who knows? If I get numerous responses, maybe I’ll submit the result to some strange journal that I wouldn’t ever have imagined contributing to otherwise.