Learning Management Systems: A Look at the Big Picture

Learning Management Systems: A Look at the Big Picture

Anthony A. Piña
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3930-0.ch001
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In this chapter, the reader is taken through a “big picture” view of learning management systems, with an emphasis on systems that are used in higher education. Included in this view is a description of common features found in learning management systems and the advantages and limitations of these systems. Also included is the report of a large research study identifying the features used most commonly by students and which of these features are the most and least valued. In addition, the reader is presented with specific resources and options for evaluating, selecting and deploying learning management systems. The chapter concludes with a series of brief profiles of the leading learning management vendors and systems.
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Education Vs. Industry

This chapter highlights the learning management system as it is used within educational organizations (and higher education institutions in particular). An academic LMS is designed to deliver instructor-led courses in which discussion forums and other two-way interactions between learners and instructors and between learners and other learners are facilitated. As with a traditional classroom, learners complete assignments and turn them to instructors for grades and feedback, which are kept in a grade book inside the LMS (Piña, 2007).

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