LMS History and Current Trends
The elearning industry is constantly evolving, and at a quick pace too.
Everything from the software we use to create elearning to the systems in place to deliver online training programs is shaped by emerging technologies.
One of the cornerstones in elearning is the learning management system. It is the workhorse behind the scenes that ensures courses are delivered and tracked.
In recent years though the LMS has worked its way to the foreground. Dynamic features from the LMS are interacting with the course content.
One example is gamification. Many learning management systems not only deliver the course but now award points and badges for users based on their interactions.
Yes, the LMS has come a long way. The infographic above (created by oxagile) gives us a sense of its evolution over the years.
I’ve shared similar graphics before relating to the history of the LMS.
I think it’s a bit funny that the these two reported histories don’t quite match-up. But hey, who’s really keeping track? 🙂
Nonetheless, glancing into the past (no matter how far back) can be an entertaining exercise. It’s fascinating to see the strides the LMS has made over the years.
Mobile learning has forced the LMS to adapt as well and recognize that elearning courses don’t always take place on the same device. This ultimately is one of the factors that led to the demise of SCORM (and rise of Tin Can API).
I’m sure it will be interesting to look at this infographic in just a few years to see what still is relevant and what has gone extinct.