Learning Management Systems Comparison

Barbara Lewis, Virginia MacEntee, Shirley DeLaCruz, Catherine Englander, Thomas Jeffrey, Elizabeth Takach, Sharon Wilson, Jason Woodall
InSITE 2005  •  Volume 5  •  2005
The trend toward conversion from traditional classroom to online courses follows the shift of learning theories from the behaviorist orientation that portrays learning as a primarily passive activity to theorist orientation which emphasize the active, reflective and social nature of learning. Learners are increasingly considered to be active constructors rather than passive recipients of knowledge. As this trend increases, questions have surfaced regarding the choice of a learning management system (LMS) to use in developing an online course. The selection of an LMS is critical to student success. That selection needs to be based on both the objectives of the online course and the students’ needs. The LMS must have components that will allow the instructor to create a course that emphasizes active learning experiences. This paper will compare nine learning management systems and highlight the product features which enhance their ability to accommodate active learning.
Learning management systems, LMS, online courseware
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