The Campus LMS: Bound to the System

“They don’t realize that what they have done is sanitized teaching and learning.”

As a team trying the exact opposite way of growing (i.e., letting professors sign up and use the platform in their classes), we have a strong reason to agree for business’ sake. After all, Lore went down this road and perished not too long ago.

However, it’s about more than just business.

A huge problem is that the LMS industry works like a clique and this is embodied by nothing more than the LTI standard which every major LMS has agreed upon. That’s despite the fact that it was made by an organization funded heavily by what was at the time the biggest LMS (in market share terms) by a mile.

So essentially, an LMS launches in 1997. It grows rapidly and evolves very little for 10 years and then in 2007 makes a standard out of their decade-old product. The entire LMS industry sees a business benefit (or threat) in following it and here we are — 20 years later — following the same standard that has lesser and lesser incentive to evolve… and more to stay the same.

Not that LTI is without benefits (it isn’t) but it is in dire need of an overhaul. Otherwise, well, the sanitization will continue on autopilot for another decade.

Great post, LeighAHall!