There’s an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education “Go Where the Students Are: Facebook” that urges educators to ditch Blackboard or Moodle and take class discussion to Facebook. When someone in their 40’s says they know where teenagers are on the Internet or what their online behavior is like, pause, and do some research by asking teenagers what they use and why. It makes sense to use the tool that works the best. Escape the LMS by all means. But Facebook? Perhaps one should move to Tumblr instead. Using technology requires adaptation. Invest too much in time and infrastructure and the pain may be too great to move. Better to be a digital nomad than a resident of Second Life.
Have you left the Learning Management System? Where do you think your students are online?