Canadian eLearning Technology Holds its Own

This past month I’ve been conducting a learning management system (LMS) evaluation for a client, in collaboration with Bryan Chapman. We used the Brandon-Hall LMS knowledge base to gather data and I was amazed at how comprehensive it is, with 78 systems listed [I do not receive any benefits for recommending this knowledge base]. I also remarked at how many Canadian LMS are listed – twenty! For a nation 1/10 the size of the US, we’re doing quite well with our technology development. I guess that’s obvious when the largest academic LMS in the US sues its Canadian competitor.

We’re doing OK, and it may be because of the generous support that government agencies, like the NRC, provide the information technology sector. I wasn’t asked by the government to say this, but I think it needs to be said in public.

5 Responses to “Canadian eLearning Technology Holds its Own”

  1. Gilbert

    We are doing well in numbers. I am failing to see sufficient innovation in our systems. At one point in time the number of systems on the market will diminish and a few of those remaining will probably be open source.

    That is if distributed models don’t totally replace the existent products.

    Value for price certainly is not obvious neither for Canadian commercial products. ASP solutions seem relatively reasonable.

    I don’t thing the NRC programs were the major driver. I have heard the “Yet another LMS” phrase many times on that side. Many other Canadian Federally funded projects have led to some of the existing products or technologies. The Canarie funded projects and a lot of the funds that went for the development of portals/cms must have contributed.

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  2. Harold

    Daniel; FYI, we looked at Moodle, but it is up to each system supplier to provide information to Brandon-Hall. Anyone can supply the basic information for the knowledge base but I guess that’s the problem with open source; no one is in charge 😉

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  3. Ken Carroll

    Harold,

    I think Canada punches well above its weight in terms of thought leaders in the e learning space. I personally regard Stephen Downes and George Siemens as perhaps the leading figures anywhere in the field of pedagogy for the web, for example. You’ve even got some top notch e learning consultants up htere, like that Harold Jarche fellow.

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  4. Harold

    Thanks, Ken. I think that your model around language learning is pretty cool too. Perhaps the NB Department of Education should hire you to examine their bilingual education program.

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