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Let’s look at this question in a bit more detail. A LMS (or Learning Management System) can be many things to different people. Each person has their own expectations, needs and wants – as well as their own preconceived ideas of what it should be, pet hates and misinformation.
LMS and CMS (or Content Management System – referring to learning resources) is often combined (LCMS) or even used interchangeably. Often LMSs or CMSs are catering for both applications and are difficult to separate.
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Let's look at this question in a bit more detail. An LMS (or Learning Management System) can be many things to different people. Each person has their own expectations, needs and wants - as well as their own preconceived ideas of what it should be, pet hates and misinformation.
LMS and CMS (or Content Management System - referring to learning resources) is often combined (LCMS) or even used interchangeably. Often LMSs or CMSs are catering for both applications and are difficult to separate.
A Learning Management System (LMS) is an online system or software which is used to plan, execute, control and assess specific learning processes and interventions. In other words, software used in learning programs accessed online and which helps in the administration, documentation, storing, tracking, recording and reporting of the learning. It assists in the automation of curriculums, courses, training programs, or learning and development programmes. It facilitates the delivery of learning content through various resources and interventions, such as written content, videos, voice, real-time interactive sessions, quizzes and other assessments, to name but a few. It assists in making learning a positive experience through a variety of learning resources, motivational interventions and interactive or social participation.
A good LMS interface is intuitive and user-friendly whoever the user. It should be quick to learn. After all, a series of courses on how to take a course is hardly how individuals and organisations want to spend their time, energy and resources. Ease of use is a must-have LMS feature for everyone. On the other hand, the LMS must not limit your endeavours or growth in terms of usability or capacity. It must be scalable to meet your needs on an ongoing basis. That usually means that the LMS can be more complex for expert users, but that complexity need not be passed on to end-users.
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“E-learning is the use of technology to enable people to learn anytime and anywhere.” It can mean a lot of things. But when people say e-learning, typically what they mean is online modules, courses and resources which learners work through on their own, at their own pace. These are typically delivered online – and more commonly now they need to work on multiple devices, including laptops, tablets and phones. These can include a range of media, including animations, audio and video. They often have some assessment component to test for understanding and a scenario component to immerse you in reality.
E-learning can and should mean a lot more than just a self-contained module or course. The definition has been broadened to include any form of learning resource which uses technology. Hence the term, Learning Technologies, has emerged as a broader, more umbrella description.
Learning technologies can include: Virtual classrooms, where an online tutor can interact in real time with learners, give presentations, ask questions E-magazines Immersive games Social media Discussion forums Instant messaging / chat rooms Video and animations Simulations Performance support Assessments Blogs Wikis Podcasts E-portfolios Learning Management Systems (Which combine many of the above into a site for access to learning) Mobile learning
A learning experience that is enhanced through utilising computers and/or the internet both outside and inside the facilities of the organisation. The instruction now-a-days most commonly takes place in an online environment. It includes all training not done face-to-face, such as in classrooms.
Blended learning (also known as hybrid learning) is a method of teaching that integrates technology and digital media with traditional instructor-led classroom activities, giving students more flexibility to customize their learning experiences. It is a way of combining traditional classroom experiences, experiential learning objectives, and digital course delivery that emphasises using the best option for each learning objective.
Key Terminology Acronyms
Learning Management System
Content Management System
Learning and Content Management System
Shareable Content Object Referance Model
Massive Open Online Course
Bring Your Own Device
Analyse, Design, Develop, Implement and Evaluate
Computer Based training / Web Based Training
Software As A Service
Talent Management System
Subject Matter Expert
Application Programming Interface
Graphical User Interface
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