The Year-End 2019 LMS Market report is almost here! We’re finishing up our document and plan to send out within the next week (or two, max).
Welcome to our new subscribers, and thank you to all subscribers.
With our reporting coming out soon, we wanted to share with you some early data for year-end 2019 LMS markets. We have added a fifth global region – the Middle East -that adds to our coverage of North America, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania. Initially we are just adding market share for the Middle East, but over time we’ll add data on new implementations, hosting, and migrations.
Note that the numbers in the report might be slightly different as we complete our QA.
Middle East Higher Education LMS Market Share
General Market Updates
While the Instructure sale (see below) is obviously the biggest current news in the LMS market, unfortunately much of the other news has been obscured in coverage – ours and in EdTech media. Below are some key updates from the past 2 – 3 months that may have been missed.
- Umm Al-Qura University Selects Blackboard to Replace D2L
- Universidad Villanueva (Madrid) selects Blackboard Learn Ultra as New Teaching and Learning Platform
- Maine Selects Brightspace
- American Public University System Selects D2L’s Brightspace
- D2L Completes Transformation to Modernize its Learning Platform (100% move to AWS and cloud)
Moodle does not take the same approach on putting out press releases, but we attended the first Global MoodleMoot in November and will include some of our insights in the report. In addition, as we increase our coverage in global markets, we find more Moodle schools and are adjusting our market share for that LMS higher.
While the definition of “registered sites” reported by Moodle is different than our LMS market share metrics, it is interesting to see the top 10 countries for Moodle registered sites (note that this includes non higher ed sites) to get a sense of highest usage.
Summary of Instructure Coverage
As all of you are aware, we are in the middle of a transaction that is shaping up to potentially redefine the LMS market: the proposed acquisition of Instructure by private equity firm Thoma Bravo. The actual shareholders’ vote that will determine if the acquisition will be approved is scheduled for February 13th, after our report is scheduled to go out. Given the importance of this event, we’re sharing links to our recent coverage of the proposed sale and the growing public “debate” (scare quotes intentional) to help our subscribers stay up-to-date.
- Nov 14 – Instructure Considering Sale Options
- Nov 18 – Why Instructure’s News Matters: Market history
- Nov 22 – Why Instructure’s News Matters: Big Tech
- Dec 4 – Private Equity Firm Thoma Bravo to Acquire Instructure for $2 Billion
- Dec 4 – Seven Things We Mostly Know About the Planned Instructure Acquisition and Three We Don’t
- Dec 13 – Instructure Sale: Two large investors against deal and claiming conflicts of interest (update – Three)
- Dec 19 – Insights from Thoma Bravo and Frontline Education for Instructure’s Possible Future
- Jan 1 – Insights From Instructure Preliminary Proxy Statement
- Jan 9 – Instructure Sale Update: No bids received, a third of investor shares now against sale
- Jan 22 – The Remarkable Turnaround in Instructure’s Position on Future Growth
- Jan 28 (Twitter thread on ISS coming out against sale) – https://twitter.com/PhilOnEdTech/status/1222275316380364800
Until the report release,
The MindWires Team