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A Strategic Vision for the Next Generation LMS
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Important Note (2/19/2014):  The following are notes developed by Joshua Baron and reflect his initial and early thinking around a "next generation" LMS.  The intent at this stage is to simply surface this early thinking as means to stimulate a broader dialog.  Many of the terms used below come from the Sakai Learning Design Lens work that was worked on in 2010-11 by the Sakai Teaching and Learning Group.  We have linked key terms used here to the Learning Design Lens definitions as a reference for those not familiar with that work.


Why unbundled the LMS?

  • Supports extreme customization
  • More efficient to maintain over time

Core Values


Core Learning Services – Core Learning Services that are (or will be in the future) fundamental to teaching and learning.Learning and Teaching Management Services, which might include:

  • Learning and Teaching Management, which might include:
    • Roles and Permissions (Individuals and Groups)
    • Event Messaging/Enterprise Service Bus
    • Data Capture and Secure Sharing
  • User Autonomy and Networking, which might include:
    • Profiles
    • Personalization
    • Academic Networking
  • User Interface, which might include:
    • User Experience Framework – Technical and UI specifications which are “enforced” by the Core Learning Services to ensure consistent UX.
  • Openness, which might include:
    • Open Standards and APIs
    • Interoperability
    • Open Licensing – ability to support use of Creative Commons licenses
    • Open Educational Resources – ability to integrate with OER projects, content, etc.

 Core Learning Devices – Teaching and Learning tools which are developed independently from the Learning OS and which are designed to “run” in any compliant Learning OS.

  • Core Learning Apps – Apps deemed by the community as being essential to teaching and learning.  These would require strategic investment by the community in order to become a viable LMS solution.
  • External Learning App – These would be developed independent of the larger project and easily deployed in Sakai or other complaint LMS.  Apps could be developed without advanced programming skills.
    • Data Visualization tools
    • Mobile tools
  • Learning App Market Place – Supported by the Apereo Foundation, this would be an online store for individuals and institutions to purchase Apps (which would be reviewed and approved before becoming available).  This could become a revenue stream for the project if desired.

Learning Cloud – A set of services and infrastructure that would site “above the institution” and facilitate sharing, collaboration and research.

  • Instructional Content Repository
  • Pedagogical Best Practices
  • Research Learning Record Store
  • Academic Networking
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