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Are Learning Management Systems the wrong place to start learning?

Christina Smart
Last modified 29 Mar, 2005
Published 20 Dec, 2004
George Siemens argues that VLEs don’t support the way that people learn

In this interesting article, George Siemens argues that LMSs (or VLEs) remove the control of learning from the systems end users the teachers and learners, and are therefore unable to support the way that people actually learn.

Apparently, over 75% of learning taking place in organizations is informal; by observing others, trial and error, or asking people in the office. George argues that to be effective any LMS needs to support informal learning, and move away from the notion that learners are canisters to be filled with content. The challenge for the future is for the community to decide whether to work with vendors to create systems which better support informal learning, or to develop alternative approaches where the learner can collect tools that are useful to their own needs.

These arguments are similar to those behind the e-learning programme, and particularly the idea of the e-learning framework which aims to support a more flexible approach to e-learning, where course developers can pick only those e-learning tools that are relevant to their course and students.

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