In the last ten years, two technologies have become nearly ubiquitous in higher education: the learning management system (LMS) and video.

The LMS is now a central part of course management, serving as a digital hub for instructors and students to share information and ask questions, assign and return projects, and schedule classroom activities.

Video, in turn, has become a central part of classroom instruction, underpinning pedagogical evolutions including lecture capture, the flipped classroom, and recording student presentations.

In the last two years, both markets have undergone significant change. In the LMS market, new vendors and new capabilities have prompted many institutions to put older solutions up for review. And in the video sector, a surge in demand within higher education has prompted new market entrants, including some of the most prominent LMS vendors.

In this new report, we’re excited to feature Gartner’s latest analysis of the higher education LMS market. You’ll see how increasing product differentiation has led to a split between general-purpose LMSs and more specialized systems. And you’ll read Gartner’s recommendations for how institutions should review and prioritize their options in order to choose a solution that works best for their students, faculty, and administrators.

Following the market analysis, we at Panopto will take a closer look at the unique challenges of supporting video within the LMS. We’ll discuss the latest statistics on the importance of video in the classroom, and compare the built-in video capabilities of Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace, and Moodle with those of dedicated video platforms. Finally, we’ll review 15 capabilities every institution needs to effectively support video within their LMS.

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