The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released an EdTechNext report, titled "Managing Learning: Next-Generation Learning Systems," which details how K-12 educators and administrators are using cutting-edge Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) to transform teaching and learning. The report outlines the evolution of Content Management Systems (CMS) and Learning Management Systems (LMS) into next-generation LCMS, and explores how these systems are being used in schools and school districts today.
As the report highlights, teachers traditionally used CMS to manage course content, ranging from documents and presentations to multimedia resources. Today CMS are leveraged to engage parents and education stakeholders through social networking tools, blogs and discussion forums. Similarly, LMS were traditionally designed to support administrators in managing students, and are now being used by teachers to create collaborative tools, including wikis and blogs. Next-generation LCMS combine the best features of CMS - content repository and authoring tools - with the LMS delivery platform that is flexible for virtual learning environments.
According to the report, the benefits of LCMS include integration of informal, social and formal learning into blended learning environments; improved delivery of virtual education, e-learning and home schooling; an online hub for professional development; improved student and teacher productivity; and improved data aggregation and use. The report provides examples of how these next-generation LCMS are being used today, as well as important technical considerations for education technology leaders thinking about integrating and upgrading these systems.
This CoSN EdTechNext report is one in a series of "mini-reports" developed by the association to keep educators up to speed on the latest trends in educational technology. Each report provides a brief introduction to new and emerging technologies and insight on their educational value. CoSN's EdTechNext reports are only available to CoSN members. To learn more about the reports or to become a member of CoSN, visit www.cosn.org.
Source: Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), www.cosn.org