If you are a teacher who must listen or read to students as they build arguments or defend positions, I bet you have wished, more than once, they would have a more analytical mind. That they would either be able to dig beyond mainstream thinking, or that they understand and accept the facts of objective reality.
Along Moodle’s ecosystem of communities, CLAMP (or the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project) has stood out with his many initiatives to promote intellectual autonomy and confidence, or argumentative rules of engagement, among the many tenets of a liberal education. Most popular among them is Moodle LAE, a “liberal arts-flavored” version, which recently launched its 4 updates to each of the active development versions of Moodle.
Some of the enhancements found in LAE are plugins considered “best-of-breed solutions”, as identified by the CLAMP college consortium. They also include some fixes and tweaks to the regular Moodle interface. CLAMP adopts a conservative approach when choosing its additions, and always tries to help fixing on improving the Moodle Core first.
Can Moodle help our students, and ourselves, have better debates? Yes, potentially. The role of teachers is crucial for the next generations to be able to adopt, defend and criticize ethical and aesthetical positions. And if an LMS exists that caters to the liberal arts teachers’ needs, that would enhance their teaching, it is advisable to implement it.
Have you witnessed how Moodle has improved reasoning skills among students? We would love to hear your story.