At Munich International School one learning platform is enough
Munich International School had a problem and, lucky for them, IT manager David Pritchard had a solution.
The challenge they faced not only impacted teachers but students and parents as well. In fact, the entire teaching and learning process was affected. The problem was not that the school did not have a learning management system – it was that they had too many of them.
David Pritchard, Director of Instructional Technology at Munich International School, says itslearning has improved organisation at his school by providing teachers and students with one place for everything.
Too much of a good thing
Officially, teachers were supposed to use Moodle. But not all teachers liked using the free learning platform, so they also used their own web tools they found online. This created confusion for the students, who had to organise their materials differently depending on the different systems their teachers used. Because teacher resources were saved on different platforms, sharing between colleagues was almost impossible. Finally, parents trying to keep track of their child’s progress became quickly discouraged having to switch between programs to find information.
Smooth transition to new learning platform
School IT manager David Pritchard needed a way out of this organizational mess, and itslearning became the clear solution. “We compared different systems, but in the end itslearning was the one that best met the different needs of our teachers. The itslearning planner tool enables teachers to organize lesson by lesson – a good that tool teachers were able to start using right away. For those teachers who had embraced Moodle, the ease with which teachers could transition to itslearning was impressive.”
Pritchard also viewed itslearning as an opportunity for parents to become involved in the learning process once again.
“We were also impressed by the possibility of parents being able to see what activities were planned over the next two weeks. itslearning combines the courses students are enrolled in into one page. Teachers can also customize the appearance and the different sections of each course. Every teacher is able to use itslearning in their classes, regardless of their pedagogical methodology and can take the best approach for their subject.”
Munich International School by the numbers
1966 – the year the school was founded
50 – the number of different nationalities attending the school
40 – the number of languages spoken at the school
1,200 – total student population
165 – Number of teachers
1,000 – the number of on-site school computers
Have you ever used more than one learning management tool to organise your teaching? Do you find it better to use one program or many programs together to manage the teaching and learning process?
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Posted on Tue, May 7, 2013
by Mark Macdonald