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eLearning and the Learning Management System

Part 2 - 14 March 2016 - By Nikolas Stratis

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Learning Management Systems

The rapid growth of Learning Management systems since 2002 has transformed the market and application development cycles for eLearning content production. The Pearce R., Pritchard J. (2008) Survey relates that Blackboard and Moodle were the dominant Learning Management Systems of that period and their preferred standard was the SCORM 1.2 API. Similarly statistics gained from the Davis B., Carmean C., Wagner E.D. report on The Evolution of LMS displays similar statistics for the periods 2008 and 2009. (Fig.2 and Fig.3).

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The diversity of usage across industry sectors can be seen in the statistics provided by Davis B., Carmean C., Wagner E.D. (Fig.3). As expected LMS usage in the Academic sector dominates the statistical data with healthcare and business services strong contenders for leadership. Thusly this epitomizes the extent and diversity of learning content, the audiences being targeted and requirements for consistency.

eLearning and learning management systems usage 2009

If looking specifically at the Academic sector, the Edutechnica (2015) report on Learning Management system usage in 2013 and 2014 (Fig.5 and Fig.6) clearly show Blackboard dominating with Moodle a strong 2nd however still with only a 1/3 of the reach Blackboard maintained.

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The WebAnyWhere (2015) Survey implies with their results (Fig. 7) that the battle for dominancy was ended with the rise of Moodle's grasp to 14% and blackboards hold diminishing, displaying several other tools below it as also leading the path for learning content delivery.

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This survey also indicates however that there is a large portion of unaccounted (58%) distributed across the scores of other Learning Management Systems. Given the substantial list of the most common Open Source Learning Management systems and Propriety Learning Management Systems provided by elearningindustry.com and the latest Wiki List of available systems it can be safe to assume whilst only having minimal 0.1% in the market share many of these platforms will continue for several years to come.

Ensuring a substantial coverage to management systems is crucial to product delivery, one would hope that these systems would support the most common of standards and most if not all show support for the legacy SCORM 1.2 API. If an examination of the data related to features commonly used within an LMS is done as with the Bright S. (2015) Digital Chalk Research (Fig. 8), the level of coverage by which an LMS has adopted a standard and supplies these features poses extended difficulties.

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As an example Gamification is not an old concept, more and more publishing companies strive to output content with this elaborate support. The Westfall B. (2014) Software Advice Research (Fig. 9) demonstrates the incentives driving the gamification of learning media products. With that in tow additional complexities are added to the learning object support scenarios.

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