Self-Directed Learning Environments

A Google search on “using wordpress help students” I came across an article titled “WordPress as a Learning Management System – Move Over, Blackboard” – from which, the intro and excerpts follow.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Kyle Jones, a Knowledge and Learning Services Librarian who is one of the pioneers in bringing a new social aspect to online course management. His unique and innovative use of WPMU and BuddyPress in combination for learning services got us interested and we decided to see if he’d give us a peek into the world of WordPress as a Learning Management System (LMS).

During my graduate work and still to this day I develop WordPress MU course sites for Dr. Michael Stephens of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. We began just hosting blogs but were blown away by the BuddyPress suite of plugins even when they were introduced in a very buggy beta stage. We monitored the development and then pulled the trigger in the fall of 2009 by creating a core installation of WordPress MU with BuddyPress at

Due to the evolving nature of library and information science (LIS) and Michael’s philosophy of teaching, his classes place a high emphasis on exploring and understanding online environments … as a way to comprehend, use, and remix information.

Creative Collaboration and Immersive Engagement: The Hyperlinked Campus
Educause presentation: Creative Collaboration

The link associated above with “Michael’s philosophy of teaching” leads to a 45-minute presentation, much of which had me enthralled. Highly recommended.

I since ran across a post elsewhere titled “A WordPress as LMS Mockup” that’s about some prototyping steps towards using BuddyPress and WordPress to build a Learning Management System. Following the site’s tag “WordPress as LMS” takes you to more posts on similar topics.


About Sigurd

Moved to rural Vermont in 1998, recently semi-retired. Intellect-oriented person (I spend a lot of time in my mind, have worked to broaden, regularly, the boundaries of what I pay attention to). One of my current interests is Goethe's approach to understanding the structures of the world (Science) and how it is different from Newton's approach. Goethe tried to stay open to what more the world might tell him of its nature, whereas Newton conceived frameworks that them became a window through which nature is viewed and understood.
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One Response to Self-Directed Learning Environments

  1. kyle says:

    Good luck with all your WordPress & education related projects!

    Let me know if you run into anything that stumps you.


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