This is a guide on how to setup your Grav Course Hub for a single course using the Admin Panel (accessed by adding ‘/admin’ to the Browser URL of your Grav site) or directly working with files. This guide assumes you have the Grav Course Hub up and running and that you are familiar with the basics of Grav.
What is a flipped LMS?
A flipped LMS approach is where an open platform, in the control of course participants, serves as an alternative front-end to the institutional LMS
Figure 1. Flipped-LMS approach.
Why flip the LMS?
To support pedagogical goals unmet by current LMS/platform
To deliver a better student (and facilitator) experience
To increase capability of access, sharing and collaboration
What to “Flip” Your LMS With?
Ideally an open and collaborative platform, as shown below:
Figure 2. Open + collaborative Web platform.
Figure 3. Flipped-LMS approach using an open + collaborative Web platform.
For example, the modern flat-file CMS Grav along with GitHub and an automatic deployment service such as Deploy can be used quite effectively by tech-savvy educators as an open and collaborative platform to support a flipped-LMS approach:
Figure 4. Flipped-LMS approach using Grav CMS, GitHub, and Deploy.
When flipping your LMS what are some key experience design goals?
Student experience design goals:
Facilitator experience design goals:
Controllable (i.e. manageable)
Pliable (i.e. flexible)
Enjoyable (hey, instructors are people too…)
Want to get started with flipping your own LMS? Since this article was written I’ve built an open source project using the Grav CMS to help other tech-savvy instructors - explore the on-line demo and then head over to Grav Course Hub Getting Started Guide to get going.
A flipped-LMS is an approach where an open platform, chosen by an instructor, provides an alternative front-end to their institutional LMS. Deep links (i.e. direct links) are provided to any required LMS elements such as discussions, assignments, grades, etc.
A flipped-LMS also enables a”flip” of ownership of the course experience to the hands of instructors and students.
A live example of a flipped-LMS approach, using the CMS Grav and Canvas LMS, is at: http://paulhibbitts.net/cmpt-363-163/.
Figure 1. Basic flowchart to illustrate a flipped-LMS decision pathway (http://bit.ly/201zVj0)