What Is An LMS?

SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY   |   1 minute  |   March 27, 2017

Heard of the term learning management system (LMS) but unsure what it refers to?

A learning management system is a software application used to administer, document, track, report and deliver educational courses or training programs. Learning management systems are used by educational instructors to support classes that meet in a physical classroom or to facilitate fully or partially online courses.

A learning management system is often built or adapted to accommodate the discipline of instructional design, which involves designing and developing learning experiences that leverage the technological advantages of an online environment.

Watch this short video where Carien Aalbers, Head Tutor of the University of the Witwatersrand Instructional Design online short course, describes further uses of a learning management system.

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LMS stands for learning management system. An LMS is a digital platform used to manage people’s learning experience, including hosting content, allowing interaction between learners and facilitators and tracking and reporting on activity.