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  1. There are many things that LMS’s either don’t do or don’t do well that leave gaps for smaller companies (“upstarts”) to fill. One example is Prezentt (www.prezentt.com) which provides digital delivery of course materials in face-to-face training courses … and there are many others.

  2. I fundamentally disagree with the idea that the LMS will live on. Why? First because no company selling learning management systems is making any money, fact. The business model does not work. Investment in edtech has shifted and so they will die on the vine. $4.1 billion last year and those guys will want their money back! Two, the management of learning is totally contrary to what anyone born after 1980 thinks. I am speaking to multinational L&D companies who say they cannot teach, or train anymore, they have to offer free, pull learning, not push. LMSs cannot deliver this because of that word manage. Thirdly, desoite the claims of many repackaged LMSs they are not social because they are not free. Your point about a new vocabulary is a good one and we are working on that. We have redfined learning and are measuring informal learning which according to research is 80% plus of learning anyway. Because LMSs only promote formal learning they are not even accounting for 20% of learning. Why not ask Charles Jenning 702010! By the way did you read my article before you wrote this one! I think that education and learning has changed and LMSs cannot so they are losing their appeal. This is not the future it is happening now. All over the world learning and education is moving to a flexible personalised form, even the notion of a national curriculum is tarnished. Finland doesn’t have one and they are leading the tables of education output measurement. Even China understands that we need creativity and LMSs are not that! End!

    • For personal-growth and skill improvement type training, I can see some of your point. The LMS has never been a good tool for tracking informal learning. That said, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you’re not from an industry that has strict, regulatory requirements around training delivery and record keeping. There are many industries where there are liability and regulatory penalties for not delivering training on certain topics and keeping clean auditable records around these training events. Managing the assignment and reporting of this kind of training is not going away and will continue to be the driver for the LMS market. The system might only be capturing 20% of the learning that takes place in an organization, but a good chunk of that 20% is required by law and represents a sizable market.

  3. I think you have valid points in your article. I think LMS will be alive for a long time as long as the LMS companies figure out how much more data can be collected using a LMS, and they find ways to make sense of the data. LMS is important for training, yet it is also important to collect data on learners. LMS is a big contributor to the learner analtytics. Especially, if you want to create a more personalized learning experience for your learners, LMS can be a super-useful tool for any designer or instructor.


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