Why Are We Still Using LMSs?

George Kroner, edutechnica, Jan 30, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good question. The author offers responses in terms of convenience, consumerization, connectedness, and compliance, but none of these responses seems to satisfy. And so we should prepare for an inflection point. "The technology has reached a stable, dominant design. Typically when this happens in a product category, a new wave of innovation characterized by different ways to address the same need." It hasn't happened yet to the LMS, says the author, largely because of the way they're procured - selection committees in large institutions. He says the tipping point "will be driven by courageous choices made by individual institutions," but more likely, to my mind, it will be driven by forces outside the institution. Image: edutechnica

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