What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?
A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software tool used for managing, generating and distributing educational material. The main advantage Learning Management Systems provide is that they allow for classes of many scales to be run efficiently. Moodle and Schoology are two of the most popular Learning Management Systems.
Learning Management Systems in education
The implementation of Learning Management Systems (LMS) in education has many benefits:
LMSs allow educators to combine different media formats (text, audio, video, images) to create learning material.
Teachers and students can access learning material whenever and wherever they want.
Maintenance of an LMS is very intuitive, if educators need to edit or add content. Teachers can save time with automated grading options.
LMSs generate analytics and reports about every course and every student, so educators can analyze student progress and performance.
Some LMSs have options for gamification. Educators can create fun gamified activities to teach concepts and keep students motivated.
LMSs can be incorporated with social media to aid communication between teachers and classmates.