Learning Management Systems: Understand and Secure Your Educational Technology

Learning Management Systems: Understand and Secure Your Educational Technology

Sharon L. Burton, Rondalynne McClintock, Darrell N. Burrell, Kim L. Brown-Jackson, Dustin Bessette, Shanel Lu
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8345-7.ch014
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Learning management systems (LMSs) are significant in offering highly collaborative, widely accessible, and manageable learning solutions. It is feasible that learning solutions stakeholders pursue an in-depth understanding of the LMS and the vulnerabilities surrounding technology-enabled learning and teaching. The over 300 types of active LMSs, proprietary or open source, are not off limits to hackers. Past research shows that hackers compromise technology systems to ascertain personal identifiable information and interfere with the integrities of post-secondary institutions. Stakeholders must understand how to safeguard the LMS. To address LMS cybercrime concerns, this text reviews vulnerability information on over 12 LMS features. After reading this text, stakeholders will gain increased insight into their works to thwart security related LMS incidents. This text can support stakeholders' knowledge in actions to take prior to the LMS reaching unacceptable vulnerability levels. Researchers and practitioners will benefit from this text's perspective on the LMS and mitigating risk.
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What Is The Learning Management System About?

The LMS, a system that has gained a solid position in colleges and universities internationally (Glenn, 2008), and is known by multiple names (Goyal & Purohit, 2010). Names include but are not limited to course management system - CMS (Lane, 2009; Unal & Unal, 2011), learning management system - LMS (Caminero, Hernandez, Ros, Tobarra, Robles-Gomez, Pastor, 2013; Hustad & Arntzen, 2013), and content management system - CMS (Black, 2011). Additional names given by Monarch Media Inc. (2010) are virtual learning environments (VLE), and collaborative learning environments.

The LMS can be a web-based distance education system (Deperlioglu, Sarpkaya, & Ergun, 2011), as well. Organizations are continuously looking towards technology as a way to better manage infrastructure and improve delivery of IT services and applications. Whether as a proprietary or an open source system, LMSs can affect the core business of teaching, learning, and managing learning delivery.

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