The Open University undertakes, from time to time, review of its IT systems provision both centrally and for key departments. Precipitated by issues with suppliers, new opportunities with open source, and in the context of strategic recommendations by the recently completed VLE review, the Open University Library commissioned Sero to review the most relevant options for an LMS or combination of tools going forward.
The review looked in detail at four LMS options, including two which were open source, and made recommendations about these. It also reviewed related systems issues including document delivery, inter-library loan, rights management and the underpinning financial processes and systems.
A noteworthy feature was that the Library Systems were reviewed using a framework adapted from that earlier used to review Virtual Learning Environments, rather than an LMS-specific framework – this was because of the recognition of the increasing synergy between VLE and LMS in a modern university.