Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Learning Management Systems

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are software programs for managing education. LMS consist of software for managing educational records and software for distributing courses over the Internet. LMS are often used to track the use and registration of online courses (Wikipedia, 2009).

Usually a learning management system provides educators with a way to create and deliver content, monitor student participation, and assess student performance. A LMS can also provide students with the ability to use interactive features such as threaded discussions, video conferencing, and discussion forums (SearchCIO.com, 2003).

I have experienced using two LMS, Blackboard and Moodle. Through my experience of both LMS I have found Moodle to be the most effective. As a student I find with the rapid rate at which technology is advancing I am spending more and more time at the computer. It is therefore important I minimise the time spent jumping from one window to the next, this I feel can be achieved with the use of Moodle. It is a very user friendly and is designed in a more sequential manner.

SearchCIO.Com, (2003). Technology Management Strategies for the Enterprise CIO: Learning Management Systems. Retrieved August 18, 2009, From http://searchcio.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid182_gci798202,00.html

Wikipedia. (2009): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_management_system

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