Discussion began at an energetic clip and built rapidly from there. You can check out our Twitter discussion, Storified , or listen to an audio recording of the whole session, thanks to Roxanne Riskin:
Yet maybe the conversation won’t stop there, at 3:05 pm EDT on June 29th. Because when we broke we had more than thirty (!) unanswered questions remaining from the Forum community. I’d like to share those now, so that Phil can respond, but also so that anyone can dive in, whether or not you participated yesterday.
As you can see, the questions are rich and diverse. I’ve retained questioner names when possible. They appear as follows, with only a trace of editing:
Did you say Blackboard is 2nd in North America ?
What drove such wide adoption in Europe and other regions for Moodle over the years?
Competitiveness – Is the lack of competitiveness due to a lack of innovation or because IT decision makers are looking for consistency/ease of support? (Julie Uranis)
What are your thoughts about competency-based education (CBE)? In particular, with Elliucian leaving the space, do you see a market for a CBE-targeted LMS? And, which products do you see as leaders? or potential leaders? (Bob Tousignant)
CBE – You’ve brought up CBE a few times. Do you feel there is slower than expected growth for colleges/univ for CBE. Hence, the sun setting of Ellucian’s platform. Or, perhaps, are they force fitting the current LMS to be their CBE LMS?
Do you think BlackBoard will keep on eye out to purchase more smaller LMS’s? (Roxann)
Usage – Do you have data on LMS by usage such as for-credit vs not for credit? What LMS is popular for not for credit? (by 4 year public) (Tom)
The OPEN education movement is gaining ground. How do you see this affecting the LMS market? Do you feel that the LMS and OPEN can exist together or even work together? (michael)
Is the US military still a primary customer for Blackboard?
Which LMS has the most flexibility to adopt LTI, etc. to allow an insitution to organize a custom menu of features? (Gloria Doherty)
Do you have thoughts about the most under-appreciated LMS? Or one that folks should be looking at more closely? (Trisha Dionne)
open edx – how do you see the current position of this lms? perspectives? (Sergiy)
Student Success – Does the LMS improve learning? (Gisele Larose)
Does Microsoft have an LMS? (Roxann)
K-12 – following up on Schoology and google classroom, what force is K-12 going to be in the future of higher ed LMS? can the teaching energy and innovation of K-12 energize higher ed teaching…?
Question – What are the next gen features that customers are looking for from an LMS. The market and customer needs have evolved and so have expectation so what are the new things schools look for? (John Francis)
What’s happening with Sakai? If it’s losing market share, why? (Nate Angell)
interoperability – with LTI and other standards for interoperability, does which LMS you use matter? (Joe)
Have you seen any trends in terms of schools with more than one LMS – are places consolidating or fracturing? (always surprised by number of institutions that have more than one) (Tony Sindelar)
hosted vs. not hosted – For those LMSs that aren’t open source, do you have any thoughts on how institutions are managing systems – are they choosing to host themselves or are they choosing to use vendor hosting (or other options)? (Heidi Olson)
Efficacy – What is the point of an LMS from a pedagogical perspective? I understand the logistical and time-displacement advantages but how does it actually augment teaching? And how does this question impact the longterm future of the concept?
Adaptive learning and analytics – Who is the market leader in Adaptive learning and analytics driven learning (sriram)
K12 – What is the best LMS that K12 content provider should use for each of use by K12 school districts ? (Shari Pobjecky)
are shindig sessions recorded? So disappointed i need to leave this session but would love to review it when i have time. – (ross)
(Answer: yes. All recordings are on YouTube. I’ll upload this one shortly, bandwidth permitting. -Bryan)
There were also some comments and requests other than questions:
Comment not question – I very much appreciate Phil’s approaches and totally support everything on his soapbox. Thank you, Phil. (Gary Bartanus)
Please have a part 2 (Roxann)
part 2 could include Michael 😉 – (Nate Angell)
Have at it, friends!
EDITED TO ADD: Edumio has a rich post addressing some of these questions.
PS: two more reflections.
First, despite its status as ed tech’s minivan, the LMS clearly nestles at the heart of so, so many questions and issues in technology and education. This may prove a very useful avenue for futures discussion.
Second, speaking of discussion, I’m fascinated to see this kind of collective or collaborative exploration of the future of education continue to grow. It’s one thing for some of us to share our own, individual thoughts through books, articles, podcasts, interviews, blog posts, etc. It’s a very different thing to see a sprawling, diverse, and growing network do futures work. This is a vital distinction to make, and an important development to witness. I’ll return to the topic shortly.