The Living LMS: Encompassing Emergence

By September 6, 2016 March 3rd, 2020 No Comments

Trace back the history of top eLearning design, and you’ll discover that successful training solutions consistently had the agility and flexibility to adapt to emergent trends. You have every right to abandon a Learning Management System (LMS) that cannot adjust and modernize.

Some e-Learning solutions in the market today present their prospective clients with their supposed state-of-the-art platform with ample amounts of new features. Over time, however, those features become outdated, and evidence of the system’s limitations become more and clearer. They can’t handle your evolution and growth.

At best, the inclusion of new or updated features becomes dependent on the LMS provider’s product timeline which means if they do not update the platform in a timely manner, you’re at the mercy of whatever they choose to provide you. If their priority for the inclusion of new features doesn’t match yours, you will find your new LMS looking less and less like the design you envisioned.

An LMS built on an open-source platform possesses the advantage of adaptability over standalone or closed LMS solutions. It allows you to make changes on your terms, according to your priorities and on your timeline. And open-source LMS is one that is constantly being updated and constantly in evolution.

Remote Learners’ Digital Learning Environment (DLE) solutions make use of the open-source Moodle LMS, the most widely used open-source LMS in the world, as a foundation. Your LMS is your home. Think of basic Moodle as the building materials and Remote Learner is your architect with the ability to design a modern solution for your ever-changing needs.

Independent developers constantly write, test, and critique new plugins to meet modern challenges and address the desires of teachers and trainers. Though the use of these plugins, you can continue to adapt and evolve your LMS on your terms.

Over the coming months, we’re going to discuss some influential trends in online education, what they’re about, and what they mean to you. We’re also going to look at some of the things you can do incorporate these trends into your living Remote Learner LMS through plugins or from the core course design.

Topics of interest will include gamification, micro-credentials, analytic tools, social media integration.

The trends we’ll examine may not be considered new, but they are trends that require LMS adaptability. Their adoption represents a new baseline for the functionality of an LMS.  We’re going to consider why these trends are important, and find out how to capitalize on them to bring your LMS up-to-date.