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Higher education is teetering on the brink of radical transformation. To drive better academic outcomes, institutions need to look beyond discrete learning management systems and instead leverage an open, integrated online learning platform.


  • In a global industry, institutions that differentiate on the academic experience and on performance outcomes are likely to meet the ongoing expectations of the student population, attract and retain a large number of students, and uphold the institution's reputation in an increasingly competitive market.

Features and Benefits

  • Compares the traditional learning management system (LMS) model with online learning platforms (OLPs).
  • Assesses approaches to recreating the traditional classroom experience in a digital environment.

Key questions answered

  • How is the nontraditional student transforming higher education?
  • What is the difference between an LMS and an OLP?
  • What should institutions consider during the next phase of OLP purchasing?

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  • Summary
  • The nontraditional student will transform higher education
  • The current model for LMS is ill-suited to deliver on expectations
  • Institutions must re-envision the best approach to online learning during the next phase of purchasing


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