An online case-based e-learning platform.

The Need

Learning Management Systems (LMS) have emerged from the e-learning industry to effectively transform traditional classroom learning to online, computer-aided delivery of lessons. LMSs are experiencing rapid adoption as they address the needs of flexible and holistic learning. Course authoring tools are a specific type of LMS that allow instructors to create content for the course and design the lesson delivery structure. Existing course authoring tools such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate or Quandry are cumbersome and require a significant time investment or detailed technical knowledge to create useful content. While many solutions exist to deliver situational training, the adaptability of these systems is questionable. An effective LMS will be flexible enough to tailor features to specific customers. Learning modules must also have an intuitive interface that simplifies the administrator and user experience to avoid delays and to minimize the time spent accessing or delivering content. Dr. Byron’s Case Manger offers intuitive administrative and user controls that save time during set-up and engagement. Additionally, her system is highly flexible, allowing for a wide range of situational learning scenarios to run within her framework.

The Market

  • MarketsandMarkets forecasts the Learning Management Systems market to grow from $2.55 billion in 2013 to $7.83 billion in 2018, at a CAGR of 25.2% during the forecast period. The overall size of market is equal to the sum of the revenues from academic and corporate users of LMS.
  • The overall smart education & learning market is expected to grow from $121.53 billion in 2014 to $344.94 billion in 2019, a CAGR of 23.2% over the 5 year forecast (MarketsandMarkets).

The Technology

The Ohio State University researchers, led by Dr. Julie Byronhave developed an online learning platform focused on case study based teaching. Case studies offer the unique teaching advantage of providing real-world scenarios allowing for increased student exposure. Knowledge is naturally presented through choices that a field-expert would have to consider, and the user-friendly platform with immediate feedback engages trainees as they attempt to meet a challenge that a professional once faced. Administrators can easily create cases, and instructors can upload further cases as needed. This technology has been successfully implemented and validated with veterinary students and has the potential to advance e-learning in a wide range of applications.In summary, Case Manger offers:

  • Active Learning
  • Flexible Design
  • User-Friendly Access
  • Platform Independence
  • Real-time Feedback

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