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Roles that Structure an Online Learning Environment

There are many ways that an online learning environment may be organized with regard to structure, roles and responsibilities. Often times the depth and scope of the organization depends upon various factors such as student enrollment and overall organization size.

Most commonly organizations are divided into two primary management systems based upon various functions. These systems are the Learning Management System (LMS) and the Student Information System (SIS).

Within larger organizations the Student Information Systems, tends to include teachers, students, and student facilitators or counselors, and administrators. As the names of these roles seem to dictate, teachers are responsible for the teaching of the content. Students are the learners. Facilitators or counselors tend to be responsible for overseeing overall progress and counseling regarding that progress. Finally, administrators work to oversee the overall learning environment.

The Learning Management System is where the curriculum, policies, and procedures of the online learning environment are created. Here is also where we see the collaboration of all roles come together. In the LMS, we again note the roles of administrators, students, and teachers, but this area is expanded to include parents and course developers, and overall institutional administrators.

Christine Craig

Educations Directly Responsible Individual

On The Land of Math

It is a beautiful day outside.The temperature is in the mid 80’s; it’s sunny, low humidity, peaceful with a light breeze.Most people would probably agree that this sounds like a very pleasant day.

Most of us could agree on the key factors that make up a beautiful day, but there would be a lot of debate on how to assign a value to each.

It is impossible to assign a value to every element that makes up a beautiful day.Each part of the day is important and relies on the other elements to make up the day.If just one of these elements is off (no sunshine, high humidity, etc.) the quality of the day suffers.

As silly as it is to say that a light breeze makes up 10% of a great day it’s equally silly to give different teachers a percent of a student’s success or failure.

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