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The necessity of evolving an LMS environment into a next-generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) has become an increasing topic of conversation for educators, administrators, and students alike.


  • In the next 18 months, 28% of all higher education institutions plan to increase LMS spend by up to 5%, while 22% plan to increase LMS spend by 6% or more.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the benefits of an NGDLE for institutions, faculty, and students
  • Explores institutional IT spending forecasts on systems from 2019 to 2023.

Key questions answered

  • What are the five features of a next-generation digital learning environment?
  • How will institutional LMS spend evolve in the next 18 months?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations for the higher education industry

  • Recommendations for institutions
  • Recommendations for vendors

The evolving higher education industry requires a new kind of learning environment

  • Modern students require modern technology
  • LMS vendors are supporting the NGDLE movement

Five NGDLE themes support student-centric outcomes

  • Interoperability
  • Collaboration
  • Personalization
  • Accessibility and universal design
  • Analytics, advising, and assessment


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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