What is a Learning Management System?
A Learning Management System (LMS) provides the platform that enables the management, delivery of tracking and reporting of learning content and resources to students. Most LMS systems are web-based to facilitate “anytime, anywhere” access to learning content and administration.
Base level functionality in an LMS includes:
- Manage users, user roles and courses
- Authenticate users: LMS’ can often connect to external authentication services
- Assessment and testing of users: Most LMS’ will allow you to create tests and also record scores in tests created inside a course.
- Allow for the delivery and tracking of e-learning course: Good LMS’ allow you to create SCORM compliant courses in independent course creation software and manage them inside the LMS.
- Ability to generate reports on users, assessment, and the e-learning course (e.g. user login, quiz scores, time spent on taking a course)
More sophisticated LMS’ offer tools such as
- Competency management
- Skills-gap analysis
- Virtual live classes
- Resource allocation (venues, rooms, textbooks, instructors, etc.).
A LMS is a crucial, but often forgotten, piece of providing learning to your students. The correct choice of LMS is easy to use for your students but provides the necessary controls for learning management.