|PRESENT AND FUTURE - A UNIVERSITY WITHOUT WALLS
| UNIVERSITIES WITHOUT WALLS
field of online higher education is growing exponentially...
Technology and Education
Many Leaner Management Systems also known as
Course Management Systems or Platforms offer services of various degrees and dependability. All
are not equal.
In 2008, Global Academy research under the Direction of Dr. Fred DiUlus conducted an
exhaustive study of online platforms the students believed were the easiest to navigate and the best to use in
their opinion. They were charged with the task to evaluate the educational challenges such systems demanded. Available on this page is a link to the original study that was conducted in
2008 among beginning and upper division South American bi-lingual college students. As a control group, they were deliberately
selected because they had little or no previous experience with online classroom platforms except what they may have read
in the international press.
Global Academy conducted the research over six months in an area of the world not inhibited by prejudice,
hype or preconceived notions about online education or what a Learner Management System or Course Management System
could or could not do. The task simply was to uncover what students felt was the best and most user friendly and capable system
for the students at the time, particularly those who had little or no experience with any online platform.
In 2015, Global Academy updated the research
based on the previous eight years of online technology development and evolved what can only be considered as THE cutting
edge of online education delivery and performance.
there are dozens of Learning Management System hybrid platforms worldwide to choose among; most are paid for subscription
type service providers. Yet, the very best, remain basically free. Meanwhile, many overlook these services under the
belief that if it costs a lot, it must be good. In this arena nothing could be further from the truth. However, faced with
the decision today to spend upwards of $200,000 to migrate and engage a system for an entire student body of say 4000 plus,
the cost to cover training for faculty to operate a new system and the school to administer it finds essentially such systems
are complicated systems but nothing more than an attempt by providers to get control of the student body and the schools records.
This, of course, permits the provider the ability to ensure their arrangement to operate and manipulate the production of
records, the loyalty of the faculty to their product, and enables the vendor the assurance that because of the difficulty
of unraveling it once it is installed, a locked contract for years to come. Hundreds if not thousands of schools are in this
predicament today.Yours may be one of them.