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Enhancing Learning Management Systems to Better Support Computer Science Education

ABSTRACT

Many individual instructors — and, in some cases, entire
universities — are gravitating towards the use of comprehensive
learning management systems (LMSs), such as Blackboard and
Moodle, for managing courses and enhancing student learning.
As useful as LMSs are, they are short on features that meet
certain needs specific to computer science education. On the
other hand, computer science educators have developed—and
continue to develop—computer-based software tools that aid in
management, teaching, and/or learning in computer science
courses. In this report we provide an overview of current CS
specific on-line learning resources and guidance on how one
might best go about extending an LMS to include such tools and
resources. We refer to an LMS that is extended specifically for
computer science education as a Computing Augmented
Learning Management System, or CALMS.

Enhancing Learning Management Systems to Better Support Computer Science Education
Dr William Lockitt

Dr William Lockitt

Dr Lockitt has over forty-five years’ experience in education and has written several publications highlighting the effective use of multimedia flexible and open learning. Since 2010 Dr Lockitt has been the strategic policy Director for G2G Communities CIC and in 2011 managed the implementation of the first not for profit, community focused LEGO Education Innovation Studio in the UK.