This article starts with the premise that learning management systems (LMS) are newly important to universities because of the pandemic, but shifts quickly into a more interesting and useful discussion of the history of LMS use in Canada and the factors influencing institutions in their decision-making today. Though companies like Canvas and Blackboard have made some inroads, the bulk of the market in Canada divides between Moodle and Desire2Learn. And, writes Diane Peters, today's LMS is at a crossroads. "They're great at housing content and have some communications and pedagogy-enabling features, but need outside software, plug-ins and the like to offer video, video conferencing, live chats and STEM-enabled features."
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