The future of Learning Management and eLearning in Higher Education

The past reliance on the ever expanding, Learning Management applications, seems to be reaching a natural end point as they have outgrown their usefulness. To achieve education outcomes and user engagement, these large unwieldy solutions require the primary focus to shift to one of ‘program expertise’ in order to utilise them and complete learning tasks. The result can be limiting, slow, confusing and distracting for teacher and learner alike. Further, to achieve acceptable user access to these complex systems, requires a whole series of IT support issues to be managed. IT infrastructure changes and allowances need to be made to accommodate them, mostly resulting in a compromise. Let me clarify that point, IT research over recent years has shown that ‘Best of Breed’ applications require an IT focus of +/- 80% on interfacing, data matching, support and maintenance and only 20% effort is ever focussed on the end-user satisfaction and experience.

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