|PRESENT AND FUTURE - A UNIVERSITY WITHOUT WALLS
| UNIVERSITIES WITHOUT WALLS
The field of online higher education is growing exponentially...
Many Leaner Management Systems aka Course Management Systems
offer services of various degrees and dependability. All are not equal.
In 2008, Global Academy Online research under the Direction of Dr. Fred DiUlus conducted
an exhaustive study of online platforms the students believed were the easiest to navigate and the best in thir
opinion to provide the educational challenge and results they demanded.
The study took place over six months in an area of the world not inhibited by prejudice,
hype or preconceived notions about what a Learner Management System or Course Management System could or could not do.
The task -- find the best.
Today, there are dozens of Learning Management Systems worldwide to choose among;
most are paid for subscription type service providers. Yet, the very best, remain basically free. Meanwhile many overlook
these services under the belief that if it costs a lot, it must be good. In this arena nothing could be further from the truth.
However, faced with the decision today to spend upwards of $200,000 to migrate and engage a system for an entire student body
of say 4000 plus, the cost covers training for faculty to operate and the school to administer in essentially what are complicated
systems that are nothing more than an attempt by providers to get control of the student body and the schools records to ensure
their arrangement to operate and manipulate the production of records, the loyalty of the faculty to product and assure the
difficulty of unraveling it once it is installed. Hundreds if not thousands of schools are in this predicament today.
The South American University
How does an organization make an informed decision
for the right online course management system?
The answer is simple. Let the students decide.
Available on this page is a link to the study that was conducted in 2008 among
beginning and upper division South American bi-lingual college students. They previously had little or no experience
with online classroom delivery except what they may have read in the international press. You will find the research of interest,
if indeed you are searching for the "right" LMS/CMS for your institution.