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Snapshot of LMS Market for Large Online Programs in the US

This article was originally posted at e-Literate The transformation of the higher education LMS market continues, and I expect more changes over the next 2 – 3 years. However, it seems time to capture a key segment of the market based on two recent announcements that directly impact large online programs. UMUC Selects Desire2Learn Following a multi-year strategic study and product selection, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) selected Desire2Learn to …Read More

Further Evolution of MOOCs with Academic Partnerships and MOOC2Degree Launch

This article was originally posted at e-Literate One of the fastest growing educational delivery models over the past year is the school-as-a-service concept, where companies like Pearson, 2U, Academic Partnerships and Deltak provide the services needed for a traditional institution to create an online program at scale. As I have often pointed out, traditional institutions have a organizational designs and cultures that often prevent them from successfully creating self-sustaining online programs, …Read More

Project Blue Sky: Big Boost to OER From . . . Pearson?

This article was originally posted at e-Literate In June 2012, Campus Technology interviewed some higher education leaders in the use of open educational resources (OER) to discuss the major challenges to more prevalent adoption of free and open resources. The top two challenges mentioned in the article were: discovering material efficiently due to the vast quantity of resources; and getting faculty to move beyond the “textbook is the course” mindset. In a …Read More

Canvas Network – Are the LMS and MOOC Markets Colliding?

This article was originally posted at e-Literate Six weeks ago I posted a new graphic on the LMS market which included MOOCs in the same view as traditional LMS solutions. In the comments to the post there was an interesting note from Josh Coates (Instructure CEO) in response to whether MOOCs should be so closely aligned with the LMS market: i agree with you [fellow commenter Bob Puffer] that MOOCs aren’t the same thing …Read More

Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View

         This article was originally published at EDUCAUSE Review. Update (11/27): This post has been amended to include the full article. Although there has been a long history of distance education, the creation of online education occurred just over a decade and a half ago—a relatively short time in academic terms. Early course delivery via the web had started by 1994, soon followed by a more structured approach using the …Read More