Netvibes Dashboarding – LMS/CMS integration

posted by myNetvibes

Dashboarding is the term for this inernet information aggregator.  I would consider this in the early stages of innovation for education.  Moodle and other LMSs have really taken a hold of the educational market.  There is no problem in that by any means and I have been using Moodle for years.  I love the LMS format; it’s easy, logical and more reliable for education than having an uncontrolled fleet of faculty webpages.  The standardless universe abounds with faculty HTML…   I am really digging on the dashboarding idea!  In conjunction with a LMS this has real potential!

I built a little netvibes page and put some HTML widgets in there.  This allows you to put the URL of any page you want displayed.  Right away this is appealing to me as an instructor since I have several pages that I would love to have loaded in plain sight within a single page.  I added in my Moodle page along with a link to the online textbook which has homework activities for the students and an Explorelearning link which hosts a variety of flash-based science simulations.  All my daily basics, awesome!  I will add email a little later and I am a bit worried about the chaos that might cause on the page.  I threw in a YouTube widget so I can type in the subject matter and bam!  I am ready to roll!

I just read a netvibes blog that talked about the ability to drag n’ drop facebook and twitter feeds into the Netvibes Dashboard:

http://blog.netvibes.com/drag-and-follow-facebook-myspace-and-twitter-widget/

This just adds another capability to the dashboarding idea being the integration mechanism between CMS and LMS.

The more I dig, the better and better this looks for educational uses!