This past month as millions of young people traded in their baseball bats for backpacks, teachers, parents, students – and Blackboard staff – experienced the familiar rituals of Back to School. That got me thinking: technology changes a lot – how we create content, collaborate with our peers and find information. Do today’s tech-savvy students experience a different Back to School transition than past generations?
The education sector is in the early stages of transitioning from learning management systems (LMS) to learning platform ecosystems. In fact, a lot of U.S. schools will skip the LMS phase and go straight from print to platform.
A new generation of learning management systems (LMS) is currently dawning, says CEO Paul Lambert of the upcoming startup Matygo. Matygo, a course delivery platform developed in Vancouver, B.C., was a LAUNCHedu finalist at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas this March.
Blackboard announced today that it bough Moodlerooms and its international counterpart NetSpot, hosting solutions for open learning management system Moodle. It's an important commitment to open education resources. Ray Henderson's announcement blog said "we believe the most important new dimension shaping the LMS market today is the growing acceptance of open source software."
I’m a student of learning platforms because they will be important to the future of education and because the space is so dynamic--a real B-School brain teaser. While learning management systems (LMS) have become standard systems in higher education, the technology is not as widely adopted in K-12 where the landscape remains diverse and the shift to digital uneven.
Across the full spectrum of education – primary, secondary, and higher – we are witnessing a race to develop platforms for content, learning, teaching, and evaluation. As liberating as the web is, tremendous centralization of control is occurring in numerous spaces: Google in search/advertising/Android, Amazon in books/cloud computing, Facebook in social networks, etc. I use a smaller range of tools today than I did five years ago. And the reason is simple: companies are in a landrush to create platforms that will tie together previously disconnected activities and tools.
A missive from one of the many learning professionals out there reminds us that New York State is at least one state in the union that is moving from looking at learners and students as a massive group to individuals that have unique problem sets and needs.