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An LMS can be used either by a single institution/school or shared among many institutions/schools.
The advantages and disavantages of sharing a single LMS between more than one school are outlined below.
- The potential number of LMS users is very large. This means that it is possible for collaborative activities between LMS participants to scale well and reach critical mass. This is a very significant point. Experience shows that many online environments, forums etc need large numbers of participants to operate successfully. For example, teachers will be able to easily share and co-construct programmes of learning for their learners.
- Shared classes composed of learners and teachers in different schools are possible. This promotes better learning by: encouraging professional reflection by teachers and widening the ability profile of the cohort of learners.
- Financial benefits by sharing the cost of hosting across multiple school.
- Teachers become part of a large community of practice of LMS users and are able to access professional development easily.
- The expertise and workload of admiistering the LMS can be shared among a group of individuals in different schools. This also makes the administration more resilient to change.
- In a shared LMS, school branding is less obvious. This is an advanatge where public access to non-quality assured teaching materials is possible.
- Individual schools do not need to devote much administration time to operating the shared LMS.
- The role of the learner is promoted above the identity of the institution. This is significant in terms of 21st Century learning and personalising learning.
- Technically more difficult to administer, bleeding edge developments are less likely to be adopted quickly
- Schools have a shared, not sole responsibility for developing the LMS (could be an advantage)
- Customisations to suit individual schools could be more difficult.
- LMS is likely to be seen as a teaching space only and not part of a larger school brand (could be an advantage