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LMS at the top of the rankings

In my last post, I identified the top 200 universities. To do this, I compiled 8 world rankings and averaged out the rankings to find the top universities. Since I had most of the data, I thought it would be interesting to see what LMS (learning management system) the top universities used. Also, I wanted to know if funding had a correlation with their selection. (This idea came from comments posted by Patrick Masson and George Kroner on the e-Literate site.)

The 4 sections of the graphs below:
  1. Not surprisingly, Blackboard and Moodle are the two most selected LMS. In absolute numbers, they are: Blackboard 77, Moodle 55, Sakai 24, Desire2Learn 13 and Claroline 9.
  2. If you look at the LISTedTECH column which contains the ranking based on the average of all 8 world rankings, you can see that the 2 top LMS are Sakai and Desire2Learn.
  3. Based on the differences between the 8 world rankings from 2012 and 2013, I have indicated which LMS universities are rising or falling in the rankings. Moodle, Blackboard and Sakai have universities on the rise.
  4. You can see that Sakai followed by Blackboard are selected by very well funded universities.

About the data...

  • Out of the top 200 universities used for this visualization (see list), 164 used one of the following 5 LMS:
  • The information on funding is based on the endowment amount. Of the 164 universities, we have endowment data for 143.
  • Some universities (12) had two LMS listed; one had 3.

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