What is a LMS?

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
  • Certifications
  • 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.

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