Many parents and educators continue to express concerns over learning through LMS-hosted courses and online learning in general, fearing that students’ development of social skills may be stunted. However, courses accessed via an LMS are able to provide various modes of communication tools that often not only allow students to interact and collaborate, but bring shy students out of their shell and give all students a voice they may not otherwise have in a face-to-face classroom.
Especially with the integration of Web 2.0 technologies in LMS courses, I see the concern over social interactions starting to fade. With tools like video conferencing and discussion forums students can articulate themselves with more forethought and build collaborative learning atmospheres that are often more interactive and academic than a face-to-face classroom.
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