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Engaging in large-scale LMS change and evolution of learning systems

 The Learning Management System (LMS), or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), is widely regarded as a key element of the modern university learning infrastructure. Over the last twenty years the LMS has evolved into the powerful and highly complex systems offered by major vendors including Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle and Desire2Learn, while other learning systems initially designed with specific roles have themselves evolved to take on LMS-like features.


University LMS architecture is evolving to enable a dynamic process of unbundling and rebundling of services and affordances aligned to a growing range of learning contexts and models. An inevitable consequence of this evolution is the need to enact large scale change projects, helping the University engage effectively in the process of change as it impacts on individual work, course and programme design, and the various models of learning offered by the University.


This workshop will be framed by a series of detailed case studies drawn from Australasian universities of change projects in various stages of their lifecycle. The case studies will share the process of visioning, defining, implementing and evaluating large scale learning system change as experienced directly by the universities involved.