I personally think that the LMS is quickly being relegated to longer, developmental activities and compliance activities. I've talked about some of these problems before:
- LMS Dissatisfaction on the Rise
- Do You WANT an LMS? Does a Learner WANT an LMS?
- Moving from One to Many - LMS Products are Two Generations Behind
- Leading with an LMS - Harmful to Your Health (or Skipping Stages ...
- Tools for On-Demand Information - An LMS?
When I looked at what Lee and Mark had to say, I find myself nodding my head in agreement that there has to be a different kind of LMS that will emerge. It will be much more like a combination of Communication, Search Support and Web Analytics (for tracking), and less like the current self-contained entities that are today's LMS. It won't get in your way when you want to get to information, but may come up along the side to show you other resources. It will track your access of content of various forms without login, provide suggestions for additional content, suggest learning paths based on what you are doing. It's going to be on-the-side and below your activities, not on-top.
I here a lot of what I'm saying in what Lee and Mark had to say. I'll be curious to see if anyone is actually trying to make this happen.