Pearson Scales Back on Higher Ed LMS Products

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Pearson Scales Back on Higher Ed LMS Products

Feb 6, 2017

KNOW WHEN TO FOLD 'EM: Pearson is scaling back in the learning management system department. According to Inside Higher Ed's Carl Straumsheim, last fall, Pearson reported that it would stop supporting OpenClass, one of its higher ed LMS's, at the start of January in 2018. “While the LMS will endure as an important piece of academic infrastructure, we believe our learning applications and services are truly ‘where the learning happens,’” reads the OpenClass website.

Now, the blog e-Literate reports that the same will happen for Pearson's Learning Studio LMS. The news comes soon after Pearson's announcement that it will cut 4,000 jobs worldwide. “We realized that we need to make some specific decisions around what we want to attach our brand to, where we can create value for customers and where we can compete effectively,” said Curtiss Barnes, managing director for higher education technology products, in an interview with Straumsheim.

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