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Elearning tips: What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?

LMS integrates learning content, learning management, timetables, evaluation, certificates and reports.

A learning management system (or LMS) is a computer system developed for managing and delivering online courses.

The most common are Moodle (open source), Blackboard, Canvas and in Australia we have Janison.

The LMS is typically installed on your organisation’s server, using technology like PHP or Java or .NET. Your IT team will usually do this.

"Once the LMS has been installed you’ll be able to access it through your web browser"

The IT team will give you a URL (web address), which you may end up referring to as your online gateway or learning portal.

This website acts as an interface between you, the teacherslearners and the learning management system. Depending on what level of access you have been given, once you log in to the learning portal you will be able to build and deliver courses and interact with the students.

Most LMS's will allow you to customise the look of the learning portal. You will also be able to:

  • enrol students;
  • build and test content;
  • set up virtual classrooms;
  • create assessments;
  • view the gradebook and 
  • generate reports.