How to find Learning Management Systems (LMS)
A learning management system (LMS), also known as a course management system (CMS), is software used in the development, delivery, and management of learning or training activities within an organization.
Users can implement LMSs in a variety of settings:
- Corporations can use LMSs for employee training and certification.
- Schools and teachers can use LMSs to compliment or enhance classroom learning.
- Organizations can provide e-learning courses to a larger student/user population virtually anywhere in the world.
When choosing a learning management system, consider these elements:
- First, decide which features–like administration, course development, content, productivity, and integration–are fundamental to your institution's training needs. The more features the software includes, the more expensive it can be. If you need an LMS that is industry-specific, use the Industry Served filter to narrow down your options.
- Next, pick a Deployment Model or the type of platform on which your software operates. You can choose between a licensed system and one that’s hosted online, but make sure it’s compatible with your business or industry.
LMS vs. LCMS
- Unlike a learning management system (LMS), a learning content management system (LCMS) lets students create, edit, store, manage, and publish learning content.
- LCMS is beneficial for online K-12 learning, as teachers can easily edit content, curriculum and syllabi, as well as import and reuse learning material.
- LCS, on the other hand, is for businesses that train their employees using strict and unchanging requirements. Hospital employees on HIPPA regulations that apply to a broad range of employees use LCSs because the software does not need to cater to specific people.
- Smaller businesses usually favor LMSs over LCMSs because they are less expensive.
- Both systems are often referred to as LMSs, but an LCMS is an expansion of the basic LMS. In this comparison, we have listed "LCMS" as a Content Development feature.
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