Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, which comprises 32 public higher education institutions in the state of Minnesota, supports one of the largest Learning Management System (LMS) environments in higher education.
In enterprise IT-land Fall startup is an exciting and anxious time: we welcome a new class of eager students and put to the test our summer preparations.
Will our systems withstand peak load and continuing growth, particularly in e-Learning and e-Services?
Once again our Desire2Learn LMS held up to massive load during Fall Startup. As the chart above shows, during the first day of classes we had 284,600 logins, approximately a 38% increase from last year. Of the more than a quarter million logins, 86,511 were distinct users.
An important story behind the numbers is that despite continuing declamations that the LMS is "dead", our statistics show that increasingly faculty and students rely on the LMS as the basic electronic tool for teaching and learning. What mainstream faculty and students seem to want above all else is stability, reliability, and predictability. On that front I am also pleased to report that for the past eighteen months our availability has held steady at about 99.98%, which translates into less than 2 hours of downtime per year.