These excessive steps and outmoded processes can disrupt cloud learning environments by putting an undue burden on your institution’s already-taxed IT system as well as straining your users’ experiences. Students and faculty expect to be able to treat information from any physical or digital source interchangeably, streamlining learning and collaboration both inside and outside the classroom anytime, anywhere — and file collaboration should be possible from all of their devices, regardless of a file’s original format.
Additionally, students increasingly expect to learn in next-generation digital learning environments (NGDLE) that offer an ease of collaboration on par with the technology experiences in their personal lives. According to the “Study of Students and Information Technology, 2015” by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research:
As new LMS technologies are deployed, institutions will need to train, support, and encourage faculty to use the advanced features that constitute what has been called the next-generation digital learning environment (NGDLE).
Now is a good time to start assessing how well your institution is handling the operational aspect of this LMS challenge focusing on how you can improve how information from all sources is inserted and outputted from your LMS.