Pathways Between Learning Management Systems and Education-Based Technology are Improving Choices for Educators

Pathways Between Learning Management Systems and Education-Based Technology are Improving Choices for Educators

Learning Management Systems (LMS) have extraordinary adoption rates in higher education. According to Malcolm Brown, Joanne Dehoney, and Nancy Millichap, in The Next Generation of Digital Learning report, estimates of institutions running a Learning Management System are near 99%. Usage is high as well. 85% of faculty use an LMS with 74% saying it is a useful tool to enhance teaching. Student use is 83% with 56% saying they use it in most or all courses. No other academic application comes close to such high adoption rates.¹

Historically, LMS served as an administrative tool with many systems trying to build out applications, however, it quickly became impossible to be all things to all schools. The need for adaptive learning with student measurement, as well as explosion in the number of technology tools designed to support the classroom, required a better method of adoption. After all, no one wants technology solutions to run independent and parallel to each other.

The LMS did not immediately lend itself to outside technology. One of the key changes that occurred in the marketplace was the adoption of Learning Technology Interoperability (LTI) standards. The goal was a royalty-free, standard way of integrating rich learning applications into platforms like Learning Management Systems. With LTI in place, there is now a seamless connection of web-based, externally hosted applications and content or tools that can be quickly implemented that would interact with the LMS. With this in place, the education-based technology universe is strengthened and leads to an increase in the adoption and use of the best tools for student needs. The benefits of LTI include:

  • More choices for educators to meet learning goals
  • Speedier implementations
  • Less IT resources required for new technology
  • Lower cost to adopt

In the next few months, our READynamic™ reading solution will meet LTI standards so that it can be integrated with LMS systems to support active learning. Watch for more details to be released soon.

¹Malcolm Brown, Joanne Dehoney, and Nancy Millichap, The Next Generation Digital Learning Environment, EDUCAUSE, 2015.

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