Exploring the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment: Opportunities and Challenges


Learning management systems and tools have become ubiquitous, a seemingly indispensable element of higher education. And yet, usage of these systems is conspicuously focused not on learning but on administrative functions. In light of this tension between the shortcomings of traditional LMSs and the need for some kind of organized digital learning environment, EDUCAUSE undertook to explore what might come in a post-LMS—or a reimagined-LMS—era, a notion that earned the moniker “next generation digital learning environment,” or NGDLE. On April 26 and 27, 2016, participants in the 2016 ELI Focus Session met online to hear more about the NGDLE, discuss factors supporting the development of an NGDLE, and explore ways that the community might move forward in advancing a new learning ecosystem.

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