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Selecting and purchasing a learning management system has become a major financial and strategic decision for colleges and universities. As the commercial LMS vendor sector shrinks due to company consolidation, schools are considering open source systems as a viable option for their learning management needs. Please send us your RFPs, vendor analysis or other LMS selection process resources to share with the community.
Articles and Reports
- The Learning Management System Evolution, ECAR May 2014. This Spotlight focuses on data from the 2013 Core Data Service (CDS) to better understand how higher education institutions approach learning management systems (LMSs).
- Reclaiming Innovation, EDUCAUSE Review, May/June 2014. Today, innovation is increasingly conflated with hype, disruption for disruption’s sake, and outsourcing laced with a dose of austerity-driven downsizing. The authors discuss how the use of the LMS in higher education has stiffled innovation.
- Selecting a Learning Management System: Advice from an Academic Perspective, EDUCAUSE Review Online, April 2014. This article stresses the importance of involving all stakeholders in the selection process, offers a step-by-step guide to LMS selection, and enables readers to develop a customized list of LMS features that align with their institution's instructional and learning priorities.
- Vendors of Learning Management and E-learning Products, September 2012. This publication is a comprehensive 141 page list of LMS and E-Learning vendors.
- A Post-LMS World, EDUCAUSE Review, January/February 2012.
- Moving to Moodle: Reflections Two Years Later, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2008.
- Open Source Software in Education, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2008.
Web Seminars and Podcasts
- Building the Connected Learning Platform-One Brick at a Time, EDUCAUSE Live! December 2013.
- Learning Management Technologies: Enterprise System or Consumer Good? Video Recording from the 2009 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.
- Selecting and Implementing a Course Management System for Your Campus, EDUCAUSE Live! August 5, 2009.
- How Four Universities are Coping with CMS Market Consolidation, Podcast from the 2006 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.
Commercial CMS/LMS Options
- Blackboard http://www.blackboard.com/
- Blackboard folksonomy term
- Desire to Learn http://www.desire2learn.com/
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- eCollege http://www.ecollege.com/index.learn
Open Source Options
- ATutor http://www.atutor.ca/
- Claroline http://www.claroline.net/
- Dokeos http://www.dokeos.com/
- Instructure http://www.instructure.com/
- Moodle http://moodle.org/
- Moodle folksonomy term
- Sakai http://sakaiproject.org/portal
- Sakai folksonomy term
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Learning Management Systems (LMS)
- Expertiza: Scalable Reviewing for Student-Authored Content
September 14, 2011
A session at the ELI 2011 Online Fall Focus Session
When multiple authors-especially student authors-collaborate to write a single work, quality control is very important. The instructor/editor rarely has time enough to review each contribution mu…
- CHANGE: Migrating from a Legacy LMS to an Open-Source Moodle Platform
January 13, 2011
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2011
What special considerations should be taken when evaluating a transition to Moodle? Why should I consider managed open source? And is the cloud the right fit for my institution? These questions rep…
- The 2010 Campus Computing Survey: Two Decades of Data, Information, and Insight About IT Planning and Policy Issues
October 14, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
Begun in 1990, the Campus Computing Project is the largest continuing study of the role of computing, e-learning, and information technology in U.S. higher education. This session will present the …
- The Move to Moodle
April 15, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Western Regional Conference 2009
Over the past two years, Lewis & Clark College has made the move from the WebCT learning management system to Moodle. This presentation will explore both the reasons we decided to move and what…
- Moodle: Collaborative Development Across the Region or Country
March 11, 2009
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2009
A group of NITLE schools using Moodle has been collaborating on Moodle development and support. The group has held two productive work sessions and two national Moodle meetings. This discussion wil…
- From Blackboard to Sakai: The Who, What, Where, and Why
February 25, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference 2009
After identifying Sakai, an open-source solution, as its next collaboration and courseware management platform, Texas State began the process of transitioning the campus to the new environment. The…
- Transitioning Learning Management Systems: Making the Move at the Enterprise Level
October 29, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
Maryland and Delaware have each had to transition to a new enterprise learning management system. Maryland moved from two separate systems to a single commercial system, while Delaware moved from o…
- Moodle: Taming the Wild Wild Web 2.0 (Learning Technology)
January 28, 2008
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2008
Moodle, an open source course management software, is not only a tool for communication and reflection but also a virtual learning object. Explore how students in an information-literacy course res…
- The 2007 Campus Computing Survey
October 24, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
Begun in 1990, the Campus Computing Project is the largest continuing study of the role of computing, e-learning, and information technology in American higher education. The session will present t…
- Into the Frying Pan: Lessons Learned Deploying and Supporting Sakai in a Liberal Arts Environment
October 25, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
In the summer of 2006, Mount Holyoke implemented Sakai, an open source learning management system, to replace WebCT and provide diverse capabilities through a single portal. This presentation will …