New EDUCAUSE report explored the gaps between current LMS functionality and what’s needed for the next-gen digital learning environment.

LMS-digital-EDUCAUSEAccording to over 70 higher-ed IT specialists, current LMS functionality is great for administrative tasks, but doesn’t provide support for the new learning approaches on today’s campuses.

The next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE), says a new EDUCAUSE report, will need a “Lego” approach, where components are built that allow individuals and institutions the opportunity to construct learning environments tailored to their requirement and goals.

“What is clear is that the LMS has been highly successful in enabling the administration of learning, but less so in enabling the learning itself,” wrote the report’s authors. “The challenge is to build on the value of an LMS as an administrative tool by retaining what works, but not be bound to an outgoing model of teaching and learning. [This] NGDLE is what should come after the LMS era.”

And according to the report’s authors, there are five core components of the post-LMS, as well as new architectures to consider.

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