Learning Management Systems Desiderata for Competitive Universities

Flávio Soares Corrêa da Silva [fcs@ime.usp.br]
Universidade de São Paulo
1010 Rua do Matão
BRAZIL 05504-090
Rogério Panigassi [rogeriop@microsoft.com]
Microsoft – Brasil
12901 Nações Unidas
BRAZIL 04578-000
Carlos Hulot [cahulot@microsoft.com]
Microsoft – Brasil
12901 Nações Unidas
BRAZIL 04578-000

Abstract

English Abstract

The competition in the market of higher education has pushed universities towards the adoption of more sophisticated organizational practices to ensure effectiveness of their activities. The adoption of these practices, however, must not occur at the cost of disfiguring the characterizing features of universities regarding their organizational structure, especially in what concerns their organizational goals. A possible strategy to evolve the organization of universities, in order to achieve the necessary governance that can ensure adequate performance levels for all their activities, can be effected through the expansion of the functionalities of Learning Management Systems. These systems are a specific class of systems initially developed to support the storage and distribution of learning material, typically through the Internet, and the management of enrolments and student activities. In this article we have identified some concrete desirable features that can be added to Learning Management Systems in order to improve their utility for the management and control of universities. We have also identified some projects and systems which apparently are moving towards the implementation and provision of these features.

Brazilian Abstract

A competição no Mercado acadêmico universitário tem levado as universidades a adotar práticas organizacionais mais sofisticadas, para garantir a eficácia de suas atividades. A adoção dessas práticas, entretanto, não deve ocorrer à custa da distorção dos atributos que caracterizam a estrutura organizacional das universidades, em especial no que se refere aos seus objetivos. Uma estratégia possível para a evolução da organização das universidades, com o objetivo de conduzir à governança necessária para garantir níveis de desempenho adequados em todas as suas atividades, pode ser construída através da expansão das funcionalidades dos Sistemas de Gestão do Aprendizado. Esses sistemas constituem uma classe específica de sistemas, desenvolvidos inicialmente para o apoio ao armazenamento e distribuição de material de ensino, tipicamente através da Internet, e a gestão de matrículas e atividades dos estudantes. No presente artigo identificamos alguns atributos desejáveis, os quais podem ser acrescentados aos Sistemas de Gestão do Aprendizado, com a finalidade de ampliar a sua utilidade na gestão e controle das universidades. Identificamos, também, alguns projetos e sistemas que aparentemente seguem na direção de implantar e proporcionar esses atributos.

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Tags

e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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