Future Trend in OnlineHigher EducationAllysonGrimsleyEDUC626 4/28/2013
Content Management System(CMS)*A content management system is used in online education tomanage, organize , collect and distribute information . Typically this is in theform of an online classroom, such as Sakai or Blackboard.*More and more physical classes are integrating online work into theircurriculum, often schools and instructors choose to use a CMS to accomplishthis.*Also, there are more and more schools creating fully online courses forstudents. These schools require some way of delivering their courses tostudents, therefore the need for Content Management Systems is also a growingtrend.
Content Management System Growth*According toThe Sloan Consortium, 66% ofpostsecondary institutions are seeing an increaseddemand for new distance education course offerings and73% are seeing an increased demand in their existingdistance education coursework.*In order to meet these student demands, schoolsoffering online courses need to choose a ContentManagement System, or keep their current ContentManagement System up to date .*Due to the growth of online courses and schools, a wellorganized and easy to navigate CMS can be thedifference between returning or disenrolling students.*Even courses that are not fully delivered online may usea CMS to allow for participating in the class when notmeeting in person.
CMS ExamplesSchool Fusion: A fully customizable CMS that allows schools to managecontent, create online calendars, and create classroom websites.(www.schoolfusion.com)Blackboard: This CMS is set up to hold almost everything a physical classroomhas. It allows for instructor and peer to peer interactions, and can include sectionssuch as grade books, tests and quizzes, web based tools, discussion forums, coursematerials and web based tools.(www.blackboard.com)Moodle: Moodle is a free open source CMS that can be used to create an onlinelearning environment. This can be used more for the individual classroom, in additionto meeting physically. It also includes options such as discussion forums, tests andquizzes, and delivering assignments.(http://moodle.org)
Benefits of CMS Growth*The increase in the need for CMS’s creates a rise in new and updated CMSoptions. The competition keeps CMS companies on their toes to add newoptions, update technology, and improve their CMS’s.*The trend in using Content Management Systems means that there aremore options for students who would like to take distance educationcourses. Since more schools are considering or are already using CMS’s, students have more schools to choose from when trying to decide on whatcollege to go to, whether it be fully online, or colleges with blendedclassrooms., or brick and mortar schools that integrate CMS’s into thephysical classroom.*The more online or blended classes that require Content ManagementSystems, the more other classroom technologies are required, that will inturn help keep other technologies being created or updated.*Instructors and students who use Content Management Systems arelearning how to use a new technology while also delivering or completing acourse. They are not only learning the content in the course, but are alsolearning how to navigate and use a Web 2.0 tool.
Challenges of CMS Growth*Rapid growth of Content Management Systems could mean that the quality of CMS’sdecline.*The need for CMS’s could result in higher costs to schools.*The increase in online courses could result in the decline of physical classrooms.*A school could choose a Content Management System that does not fit their schoolor course’s needs.
Predictions of Content ManagementSystems*Content Management Systems will be a continuing online education trend due tothe growth of online schools and courses and the need for online classroomplatforms.*Content Management System companies will continue to grow due to the demand.*CMS’s and online growth will be correlated. Collaboratively, as CMS’s get betterdue to their growth, online course enrollment will increase due to the satisfactionwith the online learning environment, again creating growth in CMS’s.*AsContent Management Systems grow they will allow for, and assist in thecreation of, new educational technologies to integrate into the online classroom.
Conclusion*Content Management Systems are good way for instructors and schools to createan organized website for classroom activities and interactions to occur.*Content Management Systems are just one future trend in online that is expectedto continue to grow.*Content Management System growth and online education growth are related, asone grows, the other is expected to grow as well.
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