New report explores experiences of online educational consortia that implemented a common learning management system.

Cost savings and increasing operational efficiencies are among the top reasons educational consortia choose to adopt and use a common learning management system (LMS), according to a new report.

The California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (CCC OEI) worked with MindWires Consulting to determine what online consortia are doing and plan to do when faced with similar decisions around adopting a common LMS. The resulting report outlines a number of reasons for such a move.

In 2015, CCC OEI chose Instructure’s Canvas as its common LMS, and more than half of the 113 member community colleges have announced plans to implement it.

The report found that the cost savings and operational efficiencies seemed to be the primary motivators for a common LMS adoption.

“Cost savings were generally realized by leveraging the power of negotiating as a system to obtain more favorable terms with platform providers,” according to the authors.

Increased efficiencies “came primarily from the centralization, at least partially, of support, training, and professional development resources for one common platform.”

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Laura Ascione

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