Eduventures report analyzes different LMS providers to see how they meet institutions’ common criteria
The 2016 report highlights new industry offerings and features that could help to speed LMS adoption among higher education institutions of all sizes.
Implementing a new LMS is a significant investment, both financially and in terms of human capital. College and university staff are often asked to choose vendors with limited information about their solutions or how they will integrate with existing student management and learning applications.
According to Eduventures, higher education institutions can use the report to help inform their LMS decision-making process, but shouldn’t use it to determine a single “best” LMS. NOr should the report shouldn’t replace a competitive RFP process.
“Institutions should use the findings in this report to inform a comprehensive vendor selection process, not to identify the single ‘best’ LMS. Rather, it presents a well rounded understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each major LMS as measured against a specific set of criteria,” said report author Jeff Alderson, Principal Analyst at Eduventures.
The LMS market has stabilized over the past two years, and market research indicates Moodle is the largest vendor in more countries than any other provider, due in part to its cost and extensibility.