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The Learning Management System Evolution

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Abstract

This Spotlight focuses on data from the 2013 Core Data Service (CDS) to better understand how higher education institutions approach learning management systems (LMSs). Information provided for this Spotlight was derived from Module 8 of the Core Data Service, which contains several questions regarding information systems and applications. Responses from 525 institutions were analyzed. Only U.S. institutions with a designated Carnegie Classification (AA, BA, MA, or DR) were analyzed for this report. In addition, we interviewed four subject-matter experts to gain insights about the current and future state of LMSs in higher education.

The ECAR CDS Spotlight Research Bulletin Series highlights findings from the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service, focusing on a small but meaningful slice of data collected in the CDS. These selected highlights are intended to provide context and meaning for CDS benchmarks that may be of especially broad interest, be especially timely, or draw connections between research from ECAR and CDS. The series is featured along with other CDS publications on the CDS website, http://www.educause.edu/coredata, and is now available to eligible ECAR subscribers as part of the ECAR subscription.

Citation for this Work: Lang, Leah, and Judith A. Pirani. The Learning Management System Evolution. Research bulletin. Louisville, CO: ECAR, May 20, 2014. Available from http://www.educause.edu/ecar.

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