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Monday, August 07, 2006

LMS Dissatisfaction on the Rise

LearningCircuits published their 2006 Survey of Learning Management Systems and one of the more interesting quotes says something about the answer to my prior question Do You WANT an LMS? Does a Learner WANT an LMS?... From the report:
Most notable, purchasers who were very satisfied with their LMS dropped
considerably in 2006, decreasing from 20.3 percent to 14.6 percent. Likewise,
purchasers who were very unsatisfied more than doubled from 3.1 percent in 2005
to 7.9 in 2006.

And this trend is likely to continue as we realize that registration, tracking and reporting (key features of an LMS) is often not something we are doing to help the learner and is especially not something we are doing to help the performer. It continues to feel like LMS Products are Two Generations Behind and that they are going to continue to make it such that Leading with an LMS - Harmful to Your Health.


susan smith nash said...

I really like this post. Great links -- very thought-provoking. With the Blackboard case, instead of "protecting" LMS technology, I think (hope) it will hasten the shift to other approaches.

The customizable start page approach seems to be a very useful & cost-effective approach - -the databasing can easily take place, too.

great stuff!
susan nash

Anonymous said...

My organization has just procured a commercial LMS and it's beginning to give me some heartburn. I believe that an LMS can do some things pretty well, such as registration, tracking, cataloging of online course, etc. I don't see many of them doing course management well. We use Moodle, and while the LMS we will procure makes claims that they can do online courses as well, it is very clumsy compared to courseware management systems.