Learning Management Systems: Popular LMSs and Their Comparison

Learning Management Systems: Popular LMSs and Their Comparison

Gürhan Durak (Balıkesir University, Turkey) and Serkan Çankaya (İzmir Democracy University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6255-9.ch016

Abstract

One of the technologies used in education is the learning management system (LMS). Selecting the correct LMS is important for all education institutions so that they can avoid a number of difficulties and problems in future. To be able to select the correct LMS, it is necessary to examine the features of current LMSs in the market comparatively, to determine their capability of meeting the needs of the education institution and to follow the trends in LMS use. This chapter presents information about LMS types, features of commonly used LMSs, the trends in LMS use, and about the results of related studies in literature. Today, Blackboard, Moodle, Edmodo, and Canvas are among the most commonly used LMSs. Though these LMSs have many features in common, they also differ from one another in certain aspects. Therefore, it is seen that different education institutions tend to prefer different LMSs in line with their needs. In this respect, the selected LMS should be appropriate to the needs of the institution and to its current resources.
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Studies On Lmss In Literature

When the related literature is examined, it is seen that there are a number of studies conducted to examine the influence of LMS use in education on such variables as academic achievement and attitudes and to reveal overall views about LMSs. Review of the related literature demonstrated that there are several studies on LMSs with inconsistent results. It is seen that there are studies revealing the positive effects of LMS use in the learning environment and that there are still others reporting opposite results.

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