There have been many conversations recently about the direction of the LMS market and the future of the LMS as a viable platform for running a course. Companies are touting new “open” features and newer startups are pushing for a lot of change in that space. Another side of the argument says that we should ditch the LMS in favor of open tools on the web. In this episode we are joined by a group of folks to find out their thoughts on where they see higher education moving and whether the LMS deserves to be ditched or simply improved on.
Last week Tim and Martha had a chance to attend the regional CanvasCon conference in Washington D.C. Canvas by Instructure is the Learning Management System adopted this year by the University of Mary Washington and it’s quickly become a popular solution for colleges and universities looking to dump Blackboard for something better. In this episode we talk a bit about how other institutions are using Canvas and some of the interesting features that could help professors and students better use the system.
Pearson announced a grab for the LMS market today by publicizing an “open free LMS” integrated in Google Apps for Education as a loss-leader to their content products that they sell. It’s an interesting announcement because it targets not just Blackboard but also Moodle in that they’re offering it as hosted, managed, and supported. We conjure up the soul of Jim Groom to help us tackle this news in a way only we could dream up!