Deliberate Engagement of Computers in the Classroom
I first read about Lecture Tools in this article from The Chronicle. This home brewed LMS tool from professor Perry Samson of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is available for free to instructors.
While this application does not compare to the extensive functionality of full fledged LMS applications like Blackboard or Moodle, it is certainly a capable “LMS lite” tool. The functionality offered in this application includes these capabilities: share slides and other learning objects, an advanced “clicker” system, upload podcasts, review attendance and check participation in activities, draw on your slides, view student questions and respond during the lecture, and more.
Lecture Tools has garnered some nice attention lately – in addition to the Chronicle article, the app was also recently featured in this article in the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Lecture Tools 2.0 is under construction, so there's new functionality coming (although I did not see much in the way of specfics about that on the site).
If any readers know more about Lecture Tools, you know we'd love to hear your feedback! And if you're looking for a way to get started with LMS tools, Lecture Tools is a great way to get started (or see the links below for more examples of free or low cost LMS applications).
Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
The Schoology LMS provides a lot of functionality for free
Etudes.org – a free, hosted Course Management System
Learning about Moodle – a leading open source LMS