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Is “LMS” in need of an extreme makeover?

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Learning management systems do not look like they did five or 10 years ago. The evolving nature of LMS has created a range of options for K-12 schools, colleges and universities and even corporations seeking to use technology in teaching and learning.

So what is the next generation LMS?

Higher education nonprofit EDUCAUSE in a recent white paper dubbed the next iteration of LMS in higher education the “next generation digital learning environment” — or NGDLE.

The authors note that it will not be a “single chuck of code;” but rather will include five core functionalities: interoperability and integration, personalization, analytics, advising, and learning assessment, collaboration, accessibility and universal design.

This gives us — and our readers — a jumping off point for the discussion. In the coming months, SmartBrief will collect ideas from K-12, higher education and beyond to help facilitate a conversation about these evolving digital learning platforms.

Join the conversation in the comments section below by telling us how you have you seen LMS change in the past five, 10 years. And if not “LMS,” what are you calling it?

In the meantime, here’s a look at some of our recently curated news about LMS:

Student describes how tech has improved higher education
Technology has enhanced the college learning experience, according to Lindsey Bennett, a senior at Vanderbilt University. In this commentary, she describes how learning management systems, mobile technology and more have improved higher education.

Choosing the best LMS
Schools have more choices than ever when it comes to selecting a learning management system. This article highlights two schools and how they chose their systems. It also includes four features school leaders should look for when adopting an LMS.

Do all districts need to invest in an LMS?
A growing number of school districts are finding that the use of some form of learning management system is helping to make online access of digital resources easier for students and teachers. This article offers some tips and advice for districts that are interested in adopting their own LMS.

Report: Bring standardization to higher-ed learning management systems
Higher-education learning management systems should be based on common specifications, so different software can work together, according to a paper from the Educause Learning Initiative. Such a system, the authors contend, would allow faculty to use features from different vendors seamlessly and allow for better collaboration and flexibility.

More districts are moving to the cloud, survey shows
More school districts in the U.S. are using cloud-based services, according to a recent Consortium of School Networking survey. Findings show productivity-based tools, such as Google Apps for Education, are the most popular, followed by learning management and student information systems.

What one university learned from moving to the cloud
Montclair State University has adopted a cloud-based solution for students’ email and the school’s learning management system. In this commentary, Jeff Giacobbe, associate vice president of enterprise technology services, describes what the university has learned from the transition to the cloud.

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