The LMS Selection Process: Practices and Considerations


With more than 80% of institutions offering online learning options and even more using web technologies to enhance traditional classroom instruction, the learning management system (LMS) is increasingly an indispensable, enterprise-level technology for today’s colleges and universities. Naturally, each institution has a unique set of instructional and infrastructure circumstances to consider when deciding on an LMS, yet all institutions face certain common requirements. When evaluating an LMS for possible adoption, what factors are most critical? What process can be used to evaluate and ultimately select a platform that will meet the common requirements of teaching and learning while also addressing the unique institutional context? This ECAR bulletin shares a case study of a recent LMS selection process and discusses key LMS evaluation considerations that can be applied broadly.

Citation for this Work: Cavanagh, Thomas. The LMS Selection Process: Practices and Considerations. Research bulletin. Louisville, CO: ECAR, July 8, 2014. Available from

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