Kostas Yfantis and Robert Baird from CITES ATS presented an Illinois Compass 2g update at the April 9th Faculty Executive Committee Senate meeting. Faculty were very interested in hearing how the campus enterprise LMS, Illinois Compass, is developing and how plans for faculty to move to the new system powered by Blackboard Learn are going.
Kostas and Robert emphasized the need for faculty to "Plan your move" and to seek out help from CITES ATS, whether support, consulting, or training. Faculty Executive Committee Senate members Nick Burbules and Roy Campbell had excellent suggestions about leveraging Illinois Compass 2g to help with increasing class sizes and reduced TA-to-student ratios, especially the potential for analytics and harvesting student tracking and data to support at-risk students.
Here are the main points of the follow-on discussion:
how can the learning management system be used in a way to save time "labor" for instructors and teaching assistants
faculty want choice - they don't want only one learning management system supported - a few members of the Senate Executive Committee use Moodle and they do not want that choice to be taken away from them
they expressed admiration for the "Course Signals" system at Purdue and how might Illinois develop its own system for analyzing student performance and intervening to increase success in the class (leveraging data from multiple Learning Management Systems like Illinois Compass & Moodle and any others that might be in use on our campus)
CITES ATS shared the following resources:
Short PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
Faculty Handout - Illinois Compass 2g overview (PDF)
CITES ATS - How Can We Help You?
Illinois Compass 2g Promo 2