Welcome to Day 1 of the EVSC ICATS 30-Day eLearning Challenge!!! Today's topic is My Big Campus. My Big Campus (MBC) is a modern Learning Management System created by Lightspeed Systems. MBC has a great social feel and allows teachers and students a safe online platform for presentation, communication, collaboration and engagement in the classroom and beyond. MBC is a free cloud based solution that works with or without the Lightspeed Systems mobile content filter. Take a look at this brief video giving an example of how MBC can be used.
In addition to online assessments and assignments, announcements, discussions, video chats, blogs, Twitter integration, Google docs integration, and Facebook integration, one of the greatest features of MBC is "Bundles!" The system allows users to create a "Bundle" of information that can be used to deliver content to an end user in many different formats. What's even better is that the bundles are dynamic, meaning they can be edited in all locations in real time, and shared to people outside of the My Big Campus environment. Here is a link to the My Big Campus Teacher Training Bundle created and shared by Rachel Porter, one of the My Big Campus Coaches. Take a couple of minutes to look over the bundle linked above to get a feel of how the system works.
Note: There are many good Learning Management Systems on the market. Some are free and some are not. The most basic features remain constant with most of them. In the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation we are leaving one system and moving to MBC as our new LMS for multiple reasons. For the purpose of the challenge, do not feel as though you must use MBC in order to contribute here. The real discussion is not the tools presented, but in creating ideas of how they can be used to ignite a flame of learning in your students!
With all the challenge posts, we encourage you to take a little bit of time diving into the tool presented and reflect on innovative ways to use it in conjunction with your classes. The beauty of My Big Campus and the challenge in general is in contributing to the discussion and benefiting from those conversations. After looking at My Big Campus, please share your creative thoughts on how a system like this could be used to ignite a flame of learning for your students.