No LMS - an argument for when your institution comes to reviewing their Learning Management System

Leigh Blackall, Jun 05, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm not sure it's possible to actually make the argument stick - after all, the LMS automatically enters grades for you into the student record system, and who can do away with that? - but I think there are aspects to the no-LMS argument that should be considered. For example, "Accessible, relevant and engaging learning" does not mean "digitised and locked in a system that resembles nothing like the rest of the Internet, or what you might experience in life after school." Moreover, probably the most powerful argument is that "the LMS is in the way." When we are trying to create a unique, custom, and perosnal learning experience, the thing that treats everyone the same and limits choices stands in the way of any progresss.

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