The Evolution of Learning Management Systems

Gary Woodill, Weblog, Apr 24, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Do learning management systems have a future? According to this article, "The trend is towards learners tracking their own learning results, using either personal learning environments or e-portfolios." So does that mean the end of the line for learning management systems? There remains room for innovation, argues the author, in personalization, "automatic generation of motivational messages", facilitating learner control, 2D and 3D environments, and service-oriented architectures. These seem like pretty slim pickings to me. But as the blog post (and not the article) notes: "As long as there is a demand for tracking and reporting of courses, assessments, and achievements within large organizations, I believe there will be a demand for some form of learning management systems."
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