Learning Management Systems

May 28, 2012

Learning Management Systems or LMS refers to a software application for administrators, deliveries, recordings, tracking, and reporting of e-programs.  Such e-programs are training programs, classroom and online activities/events, and training content.  Learning management systems allow users to have a more centralized learning and tracking system that is made for internal as well external use. Furthermore, the tools that LMSs provide are user-friendly.  Some of the more specific features are watching videos, screenings, and listening to recordings that help with training purposes and can go as far as having to complete assessment tests with the interaction of a simple interface (Coggno, 1).

Some examples of Learning management systems are as follows:  This first example is EDVI PRO 2004 which is implemented in a Web environment and consists of the programming language, Java; web server, Apache Tomcat; and database server, Oracle and Microsoft SQLServer. This LMS “includes a pleasant and intuitive graphical environment, the arrangement of their menus in hierarchical form and explanations of their forms, turn it a powerful tool and easy to handle by the user.” (An Example of Learning Management System, p.2)  Another LMS program is called Litmos.  This SCROM certified training program enables the creation of web-based courses and easy distribution to learners on MAC, PC, Iphone, Ipad, and Android.  Learners can self sign up and optionally pay to take the course using their online, integrated shopping cart.  One last example of LMS is Halogen elearning Manager that links employee training closely with your organizations bottom line success.  The online training management system combines breakthrough thinking in employee-performance management with the best-practices in learning management.  It gives you power to deliver development and training programs that will impact your organization.  It is also a simple LMS in the respect that you quickly see a return on your training investments (Capterra, p.1).


The benefits of using LMSs in the classroom are as follows:  LMS programs support teachers, students, and administrators with the tools that result in personalized, productive learning experiences.  Student engagement is another good benefit in which through multimedia content and an intuitive web 2.0. This includes wikis, blogs, journals, chat, and other types of online tools in order to improve and promote learning-focused collaboration and social learning in and beyond the classroom.  Another benefit of LMS is it offers improved teaching experience which refers to online professional development and integrated efficiency tools that allow for strategic lesson planning and reporting.  One final benefit of LMS programs in the classroom is efficiency and efficacy in the use of core resources.  This gives schools and districts the opportunity to utilize technology investments by incorporating instructional and administrative tools into one central hub (eduviews, p.4).






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