What is an LMS? Learning management systems explained
Are you confused by the terms LMS, Learning Management System, Learning Management Platform, LMS Software? First, it is important to understand that these terms all refer to the same thing. They are used interchangeably to describe “a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, automation, and delivery of an educational course, training program, or learning and development program.”
To put this into simple language, an LMS is software that helps you create, manage, organize, and deliver online learning materials to learners. Learners can be students, college students, college students, or employees of any type of organization. That is, anyone interested in lifelong learning and accessing study materials on a device, primarily through the internet.
What is the history of learning management systems?
The concept of online learning, or eLearning, began in the early 20th century through the use of audio-video communications for remote or long-distance learning. This was further developed in the 1980s when the use of computers began to appear prominently in the provision of learning materials and in some form of assessment. The advent of teaching over the Internet was first seen in the 1990s, allowing for more sophisticated instructional delivery, practice and practice programs, and more personalized instruction.
For example, Moodle LMS, one of the world’s leading learning management systems, is used by hundreds of millions of learners worldwide. Its origins can be traced back to Moodle Founder and CEO, Martin Dougiamas, and his experience of distance learning in the Western Australian desert. His positive experiences with distance learning sowed the seeds in the late 1990s for his vision of using the properties of the Internet to take education beyond the physical classroom, which had changed little in hundreds of years. The first official release of Moodle 1.0 was in 2002 and over the past 20 years Moodle has evolved through a commitment to pedagogy, an open source philosophy and a global community of like-minded educators and technologists.
Growth of LMS platforms
By 2026, the global online learning market is expected to be blanket $370 billion. This is not surprising, according to a June 2021 report TrustRadius, 99% of educational institutions offer LMS and educational technology support for their students. Also the year 2021 of LinkedIn Learning Workplace Learning Report states that 73% of L&D professionals expect to spend less on ILT (instructor-led training) and 79% expect to spend more on online learning.
What is the best LMS?
Moodle LMS is one of the Top Learning Management Systems. It offers teachers and trainers a toolbox to create tailor-made learning platforms. It is a secure, feature-rich, open-source software platform that runs on any computer server and any major device to create a web-based online learning space of “courses”.
In these classrooms, teachers, educators, or trainers create and arrange a wide range of resources and activities into a rich learning experience. where enrolled students and learners interact and collaborate to achieve the learning goals of the course.
At Moodle, we believe that the best learning management systems must support good pedagogical practices, be feature-rich, open source, accessible to all, secure and seamlessly integrate with other platforms.
- open-source – Moodle LMS is and will remain open source, which means that its source code is licensed in such a way that anyone can download all of the software for free and change how it works by writing new code to add functionality.
- Accessible – Moodle LMS is WCAG 2.1 AA compliant. Our built-in content accessibility checkers also help you create courses that suit all learners.
- For sure – Moodle development practices include security by design and as an open source LMS, Moodle LMS gives you full control over your data to meet your local regulatory requirements, including GDPR compliance. It also allows organizations or institutions to own their infrastructure.
- Flexible and feature rich – Moodle goes beyond the basic content capabilities of most learning platforms and is rich in activities that support good pedagogical practice and require students to actively engage with the learning content and each other in a range of modalities. Also, Moodle has over 300 plugins (software add-ons) in the base distribution and almost 2000 other plugins created by the Moodle community.
- integrations – Moodle LMS seamlessly connects to third party platforms and services; from plagiarism detection to content repositories.
hundreds of thousands of organizationsin every education sector, in every country in the world, in almost every language use Moodle to manage their online learning.
Moodle is the world’s most customizable and trusted online learning solution. The heart of our ecosystem is Moodle LMS, the open-source learning management system used by hundreds of millions of learners worldwide. Moodle LMS was developed in collaboration with our community and is complemented by Moodle workspace, moodle apps, MoodleCloud and a network of Certified service providers Providing expertise in hosting, customization, support and training. We train our community to create effective online learning experiences Moodle Academythe learning hub for the global Moodle community, and MoodleNet, our network for sharing and curating open educational resources. Together, we empower educators to improve our world.
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