Teaching LMSs to Teacher Education Students: A sandbox approach to engaging future teachers in assessment-driven instruction

ID: 54232 Type: Best Practices
  1. Matthew Stuve, Ball State University, United States

Tuesday, March 19 11:45 AM-12:00 PM Location: Sunset 4 View on map

No presider for this session.

Abstract: Learning Management Systems (LMS) not only provide core utility such as grading and content delivery, they are the foundation of a comprehensive view of assessment, standards-based gradebooks, and flipped classrooms. Current teacher education majors are the first generation who have grown up as students with LMSs in K12 and now in college. But few students get to experience full power of LMS from a teacher’s perspective while in college BEFORE they enter the classroom. They also rarely go beyond unit-level assessment loops since they can’t see the full cycle of assessment over time in a class that only and LMS can reveal. In this workshop, participants will gain experience with setting up and incorporating LMS instruction in their teacher education courses. We will use a “sandbox” approach to enabling students to work in LMS systems separate of their university domains. Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle will be demonstrated while the attendees will pick one LMS to focus on for their own university. The method involves building and maintaining one’s own LMS sandbox where they manage a course and add their university students in as teachers. As teachers, students can build content, design assessments, and experience the full, data-driven instructional cycle.


1. To help teacher education faculty incorporate training with LMSs in their courses. 2. To help teacher education faculty expand and strengthen their own use of LMS, particularly with regards to assessment. 3. To help teacher education majors understand how they can design and manage evidence-based instruction via LMSs.

Topical Outline

Introduction to LMSs Key strengths of the big three LMSs: • Canvas • Blackboard • Moodle Assessment capacities: • Objective tests and quizzes • Performance assessment rubrics • Portfolio assessments • Outcomes • Competencies Content capacities LMS content LTI content, including: - textbook sourced content - Cloud-based content in Google and Office 365 Practicing in the sandbox - Attendees will be added to the instructor’s sandboxes as teachers. A typical K-12 unit will be modeled and others in the workshop will serve as students for reporting purposes. Introducing LMSs to your students as teachers Typical assignments that can use the sandbox model Setting up your LMS sandbox (Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard)


General knowledge of teacher education curriculum. Experience with LMSs as an instructor.

Experience Level



The lead instructor of this workshop is currently an associate professor of educational psychology with 25 years of experience teaching educational technology, assessment, and learning theories to teacher education majors. His research areas include classroom assessment, instructional design, online learning, computational thinking and design thinking. He has designed and implemented enterprise-scale assessment systems and incorporates LMS, Learning Response Systems, digital portfolios, and data dashboards into his instruction and outreach. He conducts assessment and technology professional development in K12 schools and higher education. He currently co-directs a research support center, helping faculty and students design studies, instrumentation, and project management solutions. He taught his first online class in 1992 and has developed course in four different LMS platforms and pseudo LMS platforms. He designed and delivered online programs for K12 schools to reduce summer learning loss. He has earned over $8,000,000 in external grants and contracts as PI or co-PI


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