The Chronicle: Getting Ready forThe Chronicle: Getting Ready for a New Generation of Course-Management Systems
The systems spare faculty members from having to photocopy and distribute course packs, and mean that students don't have to hike to a professor's office to look up grades that were posted on the door, or call classmates to ask about the next reading assignment. Such features simplify the administrative tasks of teaching and learning, even if, as some critics say, they don't improve a professor's actual teaching or students' learning. At many colleges, not all faculty members use the systems, and in any case their usefulness depends largely on how much effort is put into giving them helpful features.
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