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What’s next for learning management systems?

As higher education leaders continue to dive deeper into hybrid learning experiences, training faculty on how to use learning management systems is becoming even more essential, John Baker, CEO of D2L, says on the Cutting EDge podcast.

“There’s a reason why many of our big online universities have thrived during the last two years and continue to see tremendous growth,” Baker says. “They are offering a really premium online experience. I think we’ve got to help more universities and colleges get to that next step.”

D2L recently launched Brightspace Creator+, a course-creation tool designed to make it easier to build online learning environments inside the learning management system.

“It’s reimagining the authoring experience for faculty course designers so that instead of having to know how to code to build really engaging interactives and practices and little mini-assessments that are formative inside the actual course,” Baker says. “We’ve also now built an authoring tool within that learning platform that enables anybody to put that power of creation into the hands of all the faculty.”

In the news this week:

Higher education IT managers are running into pushback and dissatisfaction from employees who say they don’t need to be on campus to do their jobs. Associations like Educause have advised universities that offering more remote work can improve hiring and retention, but some IT leaders say many roles require a physical presence which presents a challenge. Some leaders, though, are finding ways around the challenge.

Online learning company 2U is starting to see benefits of its acquisition of edX, its CEO said on an investor call. The company is transitioning activity on edX’s free online courses to 2U’s paid online degrees and alternative credentials. The uptick in optimism among company leaders comes months after a series of layoffs and budget cuts for the company. 

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Every two weeks, the Cutting EDge Podcast will bring you the latest in higher education technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending topics in depth and highlight news across the campus IT landscape. Each episode will feature conversations with top executives across higher education on things like hybrid learning, emerging technology, cybersecurity and modernization.

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Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop & EdScoop at Scoop News Group. Williams has spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins-and-outs of state and local government as well as higher education. Williams started his journalism career in regional journalism in his native Pennsylvania, and also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.