Learning Management Systems

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A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application for the delivery, documentation and administration on online learning programmes.

Brief Description:

LMS are web based learning platforms designed for the administration and delivery of courses or trainings. They typically have discussion forums, places for sharing files and a way to track a learner's progress through a course. They can also be used for other online groups. Some have used them to support communities of practice and teams.

Typical Features of LMS:
  • user administration
  • course administration (content, files)
  • role assignment (i.e. course manager, facilitator, student)
  • communication (chat, forum)
  • learning tools (whiteboard, calendar, podcast, video...)
  • course delivery, learning objects and media display in a web browser

When to use:

LMS are primarily used in educational environments such as schools, universities, institutions, organizations and in the private sector (HR, Staff Development).

How to use:

Examples of Learning Management Systems


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