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Evaluating and Selecting a Learning Management System


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This presentation was given at the 2012 AECT Conference. It discusses how to evaluate and select a Learning Management System (LMS) based upon an organization’s needs and learning goals. This presentation illustrates how to identify the learning needs of an organization, compare these needs with available LMSs, select potential LMS options, and evaluate these options based upon a presenter-provided rubric. It also shares emerging trends with Learning Management Systems.

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Evaluating and Selecting a Learning Management System

  1. 1. Evaluating and Selecting a LearningManagement System Thomas Argondizza Monica Rysavy, Ed.D. The Pennsylvania State University
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  3. 3. Presenter InformationThomas Argondizza Monica Rysavy, Ed.D.
  4. 4. Organizations making changes in 2011-2012 Blackboard Canvas Desire2Learn Penn State University of Maryland Western Illinois University Saudi Electronic University of Central Contra Cost Community University Florida College Morehead State Rowan University California University of University PennsylvaniaSource: News Information and/or Press Releases from Blackboard, Canvas, & Desire2Learn
  5. 5. Learning Management SystemsANGEL Blackboard MoodleDesire2Learn Pearson SakaiOLAT eFront KEWLJUSUR Edvance360 Canvas
  6. 6. University System of GeorgiaStudents Modern system accessible on a mobile device Access to courses after transferring institutions within USG Consistent system between collaborative programsAccessibility Equal Access Ease of learning interfaceFaculty Create master courses Migrate existing courses Grading features Local Control of functionality
  7. 7. University System of Georgia (cont.) Admin Synchronize student information Import information about courses Security PricingSource: University System of Georgia:
  8. 8. Proprietary vs.Open Source SystemsProprietary LMS systems Often referred to as “off-the-shelf” Offer the most built-in options. Typically offer extensive customer supportOpen Source Systems Tend to require significant customization on the part of the local system administrator.
  9. 9. Examples of Proprietary and Open Source SystemsProprietary Open Source Blackboard: Moodle: Desire 2 Learn: Sakai: Jenzabar e-Racer Canvas by Instructure CoureSites by Blackboard
  10. 10. LMS Considerations:Learner Tools Communication Discussion Boards Real-time chat Productivity Calendar/Progress Review Work offline/Mobile Apps Student Involvement Group Work Student Portfolios
  11. 11. LMS Considerations:Support Tools Administration Registration integration Course Authorization Course Delivery Test types Online Gradebook Content Development Accessibility compliance Customized Look and Feel
  12. 12. LMS Considerations:Technical Specifications Hardware/Software Client Browser requirement(s) On-site or off-site hosting Server requirements Company Details / Licensing Costs/Licensing Open Source Optional Extras Source:
  13. 13. Pricing Models Seat-based - number of people in the organization that may use the LMS Usage-based - number of students who register for classes Storage-based- size of files stored in content repositorySource: Choosing a Learning Management System by Advanced Distributed Learning
  14. 14. Evaluating an LMS:EduTools• A community-driven site that offers feature- by-feature product comparisons and decision-making supports• Three methods of exploring systems: • Product Information • Compare Products • Make a Decision
  15. 15. Evaluating an LMS:Rubrics Plymouth State University Canvas by Instructure Used a rubric to compare Used a rubric to compare Blackboard 9 & Moodle Canvas to Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and Sakai They compared features such as: Cost They compared features Ease of Use such as: Implementation Architecture Course Conversion Openness Support Features 3rd Party Content Usability
  16. 16. Additional ResourcesAdvanced Distributed Learning Choosing an LMS Video Series www.edutools.comUniversity System of Georgia of Maryland