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ELMS Learning Network: An EdTech Platform for Sustaining Innovation (published 05/08/2015)

ELMS Learning Network (ELMSLN) is an open source educational technology platform for building and sustaining innovation in course technologies. It is not a traditional LMS but a Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE) that utilizes a Suite of Tools approach. Think Google Apps suite but for colleges, institutions or even individual professors to run. Each course effectively forms a network of technologies (hence the name Learning Network) which can then be better tailored to each individual course's needs.

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ELMSLN is 100% open source, using a best of breeds approach to open systems development. It's primary underlying technology is Drupal which has a massive development community in the Content Management System (CMS) space. By building on a CMS rather then a pure LMS / existing edtech framework, ELMSLN is able to leverage the collective minds of some of the best and brightest in the CMS development community, while influencing the implementation of that technology by faculty, instructional technologists and instructional designers.


The project originated at The Pennsylvania State University but has grown into an organic collaboration between several institutions and community facilitators. ELMSLN courses and systems have been demonstrated at national and international conferences and aspects of ELMSLN have won two Campus Technology Innovator awards (Open Studio / ELMS Media).