Thanks to the good folks at NobleStream, Michael and I are participating in a series of three colloquiums (or colloquia or webinars, you choose) hosted by Howard Weiner. This past Wednesday, the three of us discussed the vision that Michael and I have for e-Literate and our consulting practice with a focus on learning platforms. In fact, the title of the series is "The Modern Learning Platform: Not Your Mother’s Old LMS".
At one point Howard asked us about why the LMS is so important and why we started our subscription service around the LMS, to which Michael responded in Feldstein fashion (question starting at 39:00):
Depending on how you define it, I have a feeling that, for better or for worse, long after humanity is dead and gone, cockroaches will still be using the LMS. It's just this durable category. People talk about it dying or disappearing or morphing, and what happens is that it slowly evolves. It's become this critical piece of infrastructure.
To further explore learning platforms, we have two upcoming sessions in this series over the next two Wednesdays at 2pm EST / 11am PST.
- Wednesday, November 9th, 2pm EST: Institutional Strategy and Decision-Making - In this session we have two guests from the California Community Colleges' Online Education Initiative (OEI). Pat James, executive director, and Anna Stirling, director of @ONE training and professional development. The OEI staff have done an amazing job of creating true collaboration across the largest system of higher education in the country. We'll use the OEI case study to explore how institutions make strategic decisions around learning platforms. You can register for this session at this link.
- Wednesday, November 16th, 2pm EST: Vendor Strategy and Support - In this session we have Ray Henderson as our guest. Ray has a long history on the vendor side, working with eCollege, ANGEL, and Blackboard as a top executive. Joshua Kim at Inside Higher Ed observed quite accurately in 2013:
It is very difficult for executives of educational technology or educational publishing businesses to transcend their management roles and be recognized as both true partners with higher education and as thought leaders in our discipline. Ray managed to do both
Ray is now an investor and serves on several ed tech boards, and he has great insight to share. You can register for this session at this link.
We'd love to have you join us for these free sessions.