Learning Management Systems Adoption Conundrums; Technological and Pedagogical Dilemmas that arise for Higher Education

Terrill Reid McLain

Abstract


Technology is used in many higher learning institutions for a multitude of reasons including distributing learning materials, organizing group projects, calculating grades, facilitating online discussions, turning in homework, creating class content, etc. When these separate technologies merge in one place, it is called a Learning Management System (LMS).  Implementing an LMS in Higher Education can enhance a learning environment and assist in deploying pedagogy in a positive and efficient way while engaging students.  However, there are dilemmas that arise that can hinder the solution that the technology seeks to solve. This paper discusses the divides created by the pedagogical and technological interests of LMS adoption in higher education and outlines future research needed for more successful implementation and subsequent continued use. In a sea of options, the solutions that are strongest include individual customization flexibility and have strong peer support; these are the ones that seem to last.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jet.v4i2.11646

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