Course Management Systems:
Can We Afford Them?
Do We Need Them?
Michael W. Lindeman
Illinois Online Network
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What is a Course Management System (CMS)?
“A program that helps the management, development, and instruction of online or web-enhanced courses.”
Which CMSs are being used today?
There are more than 70 other software applications that can be labeled as Course Management Systems
How are Higher Ed institutions using CMSs?
Costs of CMSs
Affordable (at least for now)
Small institutions pay $5,000 to $7,500 a year to license the software
Larger institutions may spend $30,000 to $50,000 or more each year for the software
Courseware companies will raise their prices after creating a market for the software
Future of CMSs (next five to seven years)
Software more flexible
More capable of handling multimedia materials for online learning and research
Much more expensive
More-sophisticated academic-information systems
Integration with ERPs (e.g Banner and SCT)
Issues facing Higher Ed Institutions
Is a CMS needed?
Is it better to standardize on one CMS or to offer faculty a choice?
How will technical support be provided?
How will training be provided?
How can a CMS be evaluated?
How can smaller institutions afford a CMS?
How can ION help you deal with CMS issues?
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