By Jessica Knott
As a supporter of the “edupunk” movement and a former learning management system (LMS) administrator, I am interested in LMS development, support, and use. In the past month, two blog posts in particular (the first consisting of two parts) have caught my attention, and I wanted to share them, for others who find themselves in the same boat as I, with an eye toward the future of online teaching tools and philosophy.
The first blog post, “The Evolving LMS Market, Parts I and II,” was written by Michael Feldstein and looks closely at the shifting market shares in the LMS space, based upon data from the Campus Computing Project’s annual survey. Feldstein delves into several interesting paradigm shifts, especially the market share gains that we’re seeing in open source learning management systems. Perhaps the biggest takeaway I find in this post is this gain, especially the ANGEL plateau following the Blackboard acquisition announcement. What are customers, educators and the learning community speaking out against? Is it the corporation or the product? Is it the support or their dwindling voice in the development process? Is open source simply seen as being more affordable? This blog post offers much to think about, from the teaching and learning perspective as well as the administration and IT perspective.
The second post that really made me sit up and take notice recently was published in Moodle News so it may admittedly be skewed. However, it is cross-posted at LMSWatch.com, and the author is an independent Moodle user from Germany who has created a comprehensive comparison of Moodle 2.0 and Blackboard, which indicates that Moodle 2.0.1 and Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP3 are 95% similar when it comes to tools and features. Given that so many institutions are finding themselves in tighter financial times, this find could greatly impact the LMS market and the way we, as educators, think about online teaching. To view the full matrix, click here.
What do you think? What trends are you seeing on your campus? Are you more likely to use a centrally supported learning management system or strike out on your own and teach from a blog? Let me know!
Jessica was recently featured in a remind101 interview, “The Evolving LMS Market.”
The Evolving LMS Market, Part I
The Evolving LMS Market, Part II
Campus Computing Project survey data.
Blackboard vs Moodle 2.0: 100+ metrics compared head to head by @MoodleRUB
The full matrix.
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