An Example Why LMS Should Not Be Only Part of Learning Ecosystem

Phil Hill, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Jun 23, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the things that really annoys me about business writing is the tendency of authors to drop the definite article ('the') or indefinite article ('a') from sentences and headlines. Phil Hill does this here (maybe accidentally, but hey... :) ). Does he mean: "An Example Why an LMS Should Not Be Only Part of a Learning Ecosystem"? Or does he mean "An Example Why the LMS Should Not Be the Only Part of Learning Ecosystem"? Two very different meanings: one suggesting an LMS can do many more things, and the other suggesting we need many more things in addition to an LMS. If we read to the bottom of the article, we read that "this episode gives a concrete example of how the traditional LMS should not be the only platform available in a learning ecosystem." But this would have been more helpful in the headline. So remember: don't forget your articles.

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