Learning Management System
Instruction • Learning • Technology
FITL promotes active student learning and engagement that are facilitated through online learning experiences. The design of curricula, instruction, and assessments through the use of technology can customize, personalize, and maximize student learning.
Using Course Sites
The Learning Management System (LMS) in use at the School of Engineering is NYU Classes, powered by the Sakai open-source collaborative learning environment.
NYU Classes is an online communication and interaction tool used by academic and non-academic communities.
Training is available to faculty and staff on using the LMS for interacting with students, delivering content, and assessing and grading students.
Instructors can use the LMS to enhance classroom instruction through content sharing, collaborative capabilities, assignments and other assessment tools, Gradebook functionality, and more. Review Set up Course Sites for information regarding activating and creating your class course site.
Other NYU Community Members
Other NYU Community members can use the LMS to communicate with members of their organization and promote community events.
Building Course Sites
Best course designs are engaging and effective.
Instructors can design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment by incorporating digital tools and resources to promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking.
Here are some tips to help you get started in building your course site:
When designing a course site, instructors want to optimize deep understanding by equipping students with the necessary knowledge, skills, tools, and experiences to meet course objectives. Instructors need to think about how they deliver content, communicate with students, facilitate student collaboration, and assess student comprehension.
What areas have been working well and other areas that need enhancement?
Choose an area to focus and develop further with the use of technology. As time progresses, your course sites will evolve from semester-to-semester to support instruction and student learning.
Tip 2: Focus on pedagogy, not technology
Pedagogy comes before technology. Technology should fit seamlessly into instructional practices while enhancing and engaging student learning. Instructors should evaluate their current teaching methods, strategies, and use of technology in order to determine the areas that need refinement.
What are some ways that you increase efficiency with productivity? Are there certain areas of your course site that are underutilized? Do you want to provide multiple ways for students to acquire understanding of course content?
More active learning practices can be built through the meaningful use of technology.
Tip 3: Explore tools that work for you and your students
Learn about the best practices for implementing the various tools offered on NYU Classes. Many tools and features can provide flexibility to meet instructor’s needs while having a positive impact on the delivery, interactivity, and synthesis of the content.
Tip 4: Experiment
Implement and evaluate the use of various tools and features that are offered on NYU Classes. Instructors need to pilot tools to assess their effectiveness on teaching and learning. Some tools may work in theory, but not in practice for a specific course or instructor.
TIp 5: Collaborate and get support
Instructors should never feel that they are alone in the design and development processes when building course sites.Our Instructional Designer is always available to assist you in finding innovative ways to maximize the use of your course site.