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CMS: Online Learning in K-12 Schools. Melissa Dutterer Secondary Mathematics. What is a CMS (Course Management System)?. “Internet-based software that manages student enrollment, tracks student performance, and creates and distributes course content” (Rabinowitz & Ullman, 2004, p.1).

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Cms online learning in k 12 schools

CMS: Online Learning in K-12 Schools

Melissa Dutterer

Secondary Mathematics

What is a cms course management system
What is a CMS (Course Management System)?

  • “Internet-based software that manages student enrollment, tracks student performance, and creates and distributes course content” (Rabinowitz & Ullman, 2004, p.1).

  • Extension of classroom

  • Widely adopted by colleges and universities but becoming increasingly popular in K-12 classrooms.

Common cms systems
Common CMS Systems

  • Rcampus (

  • Moodle (

  • eCollege (

  • WebCT (

  • Blackboard (

Example rcampus
Example: Rcampus

  • FREE access to course management, e-portfolios, rubrics, and tutors

  • Set up student teams for collaborative assignments or study groups

  • Upload documents, assignments, activities, hyperlinks, assessments, and other supplemental resources for students

  • Develop and build electronic portfolios to demonstrate student growth and learning

Advantages of a cms
Advantages of a CMS

  • Student centered learning environment that motivates students to participate

  • Supports meaningful and authentic student learning

  • Extends classroom to fill instructional and learning gaps

  • Actively engages students outside of the classroom in both individual and collaborative activities/assignments

  • Accommodates all learners and diversifies instruction

More advantages of a cms
More Advantages of a CMS

  • Many CMS systems allow teachers to set up FREE accounts

  • Allows teacher to disseminate valuable supplemental information

  • Provides classroom messaging options

  • Ability for teachers to create online assessments in a variety of question formats

  • Students can access previous coursework, assessments, notes saved, etc. online

Closing instructional gaps
Closing Instructional Gaps

  • Personalizes and individualizes instruction to accommodate the needs, interests, and learning styles of all learners

  • Provides enrichment and/or remediation opportunities for students

  • Makes abstract concepts more concrete through the use of virtual manipulatives, online calculators and graphing tools, etc. (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007).

Let s address some concerns
Let’s address some concerns

  • CMS is a supplemental tool, not a replacement for traditional classrooms

  • Extensive initial time investment however once general framework has been set the updating of materials and maintenance of the CMS requires little time

  • Privacy/Security:

    • Password Protected

    • Access granted only to students in the class


Cavanaugh, C., & Clark, T. (2007). The Landscape of K-12 Online Learning. In P. Adamson, B. Adamson, & N. Clausen-Grace, et al (Eds.), What Works in K-12 Online Learning (Chapter 1, pp. 5-19). Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.

Rabinowitz, M., & Ullman, C. (2001, October 4). Course Management Systems and the Reinvention of Instruction -- THE Journal. THE Journal: Technological Horizons in Education -- THE Journal. Retrieved May 30, 2010, from