SOURCE: e-Literate

e-Literate

May 16, 2016 07:00 ET

New Report Signals Shift in LMS Market as Cloud-Based Technologies Gain Market Share on Campus

e-Literate Analysis Explains How Faculty-Friendly Offerings and Reduced Switching Costs Are Beginning to Transform -- and Accelerate -- Higher Education Technology Adoption Patterns

LOS GATOS, CA--(Marketwired - May 16, 2016) - e-Literate, an education technology research and analysis site, today released a comprehensive report entitled LMS Market Dynamics which finds that an increasing number of colleges and universities are electing to replace their Learning Management Systems. This report is the first of the "e-Literate Big Picture" subscription services. This first series will provide colleges and universities, education companies, and investors with monthly, proprietary insight into the LMS market.

Following the dawn of the first commercially-available LMS in the mid-1990s, adoption of the LMS spread quickly. By 2003, more than 90% of all U.S. colleges and universities had adopted a campus-wide LMS. The report -- authored by edtech experts Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein -- reviews 15 years of market data, and points to technical interoperability standards and cloud-based computing as enablers of migration away from legacy Learning Management Systems in a market typified by consolidation among dominant players and vendor lock-in.

The analysis is powered by data from LISTedTECH, the most comprehensive education technology database, which allows, for the first time, an extensive review of LMS usage, implementation, and decommissions for more than 4,000 institutions in the U.S. and Canada and thousands more worldwide.

"The data reinforce our thesis of the past several years that reduced cost and cloud-based offerings leading to faculty-friendly systems suggest the evolution of a market in the 'early stages' of transformation. We see the pace of change accelerating as technological advances remove barriers to elective migration, and adjacent markets in K-12 and international higher education knock the market out of equilibrium," said Phil Hill, co-publisher of e-Literate. "Higher education leaders, technology providers, and investors would be wise to pay close attention to emerging players over the next twelve months." 

Although competency-based learning has yet to impact the LMS market, Hill and Feldstein suggest that well-funded K-12 and international market entrants are gaining market share across U.S. higher education institutions. The report also reviews which universities are moving to or away from which LMS platforms, examines new market opportunities, and discusses what additional changes may accelerate the market.

To download this report, or receive additional information, please visit: http://mfeldstein.com/lms-subscription/.

About e-Literate
e-Literate is a digital education technology research and analysis site designed to help organizations learn to effectively use technology to improve education. e-Literate is published by MindWires LLC, a team of education technology experts that help schools, educational companies and policymakers navigate the new world of digital education through in-depth market research, strategic planning, education technology and infrastructure assessment, and executive leadership advising. Learn more at www.mindwires.com.

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