I've recently been involved in an exchange with David Wiley of Lumen about the use of LMSs as a way to provide access to OER. The discussion began with Lumen's announcement that they had made a deal with SUNY to provide OER via a platform that "supports Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), allowing for easy integration with any Learning Management System (LMS), and easy access for students through the LMS."
I'm contending that creating another platform to house the OER and then connect to an LMS via LTI is not the best way to provide access to the OER. There's a series of posts on my blog with comments by Dr. Wiley about this ending with a comment exchange yesterday with me saying "I would welcome an intellectually honest feature by feature comparison of the Lumen platform / LTI presentation of OER and the presentation of OER within an LMS."
I've not seen any documentation about Lumen's platform but I'm guessing that it includes some type of analytics. I'm contending that putting the OER into a fully featured Moodle course would be a better learning experience. It seems to me that the Lumen platform is a tool to distribute the OER to any LMS while also allowing Lumen to do some analytics about the student activity that is done on their platform.
I think using Moodle as the method that students and faculty interact with the OER is preferable for lots of reasons. I'm looking for some help in articulating those reasons. Martin D. started the list via a Twitter exchange by saying "One huge problem with LTI is it doesn't work offline. eg for students in low bandwidth or mobile environments."
I've written previously on my blog about OER being a catalyst for greater use of a LMS and vice versa. It appears that the time is now. OER is becoming much more widely used. It's time for Moodle advocacy.