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Learning management Systems: One Size Fits All?

, Edith Cowan University, Australia ; , University of Wollongong, Australia ; , The University of Georgia, United States ; , University of Twente, Netherlands ; , Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-45-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Learning management systems such as WebCT and Blackboard are rapidly becoming the principal systems behind institutions' moves to technology-based learning settings. In settings where lecturers have had no or limited exposure to ICT as a teaching tool, LMSs pave the way for quick introduction and eventual adoption of technology-based teaching practices. Many lecturers quickly progress and grow in the field. But there are those who argue that the use of LMS tend to be counter-productive and that in their current forms, they cannot be used effectively as a learning tool. Critics argue that they support only traditional forms of teaching and encourage poor learning designs in their implementation. This panel will explore LMSs as they exist today and will explore whether they are the solution to a pressing problem or in fact problems within themselves.


Oliver, R., Harper, B., Reeves, T., Strijker, A. & Westhuizen, D.v. (2002). Learning management Systems: One Size Fits All?. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2002--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1498-1499). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 27, 2020 from .