What Is Learning Management School? How Does It Work?

The term "Learning Management System" (LMS) makes an appearance quite frequently in eLearning articles, tip sheets, and beginner's guides. The role of a Learning Management System varies depending on its objectives, online training strategy, and desired outcomes.

How does it work?
The best way to imagine a learning management system is to think of it as a vast website, that only those people with a log-in will be able to access. Within this 'gated' website, you can interact with your students in two modes: online or blended. Online learning is similar to distance education provided by organizations, where students are based off-campus and interact with tutors and other learners asynchronously. Blended learning is where teachers and students meet physically. Still, the LMS is used to support learning by providing a space where materials can be stored and organized, assessments can be given, and students and teachers can interact using blogs, forums, etc.
A learning management system makes learning flexible. You can deliver learning via computer, tablet, and smartphone – the latter two channels are becoming increasingly popular as many organizations encourage mobile learning or 'learning on the move.'
As the primary role of a learning management system is to deliver learning to students, typically, there will be three different types of log-in (there could be more, depending on your solution). These would usually be an admin log-in, a teacher log-in, and a student log-in.
The admin log-in will be for administrators; when logged in, it will present the user with the tools to add content and users, remove content and users, and allow users access to certain areas of the learning management system that they can change settings.
The teacher log-in will allow teachers to assign work, receive completed work and results from students, and create courses (see below).
The student log-in will present the user with information regarding courses, outstanding work, and links to resources. It will usually provide a way of contacting the teacher or course leader if they have any questions. Work can be submitted from the student log-in – which will then be picked up by the teacher or course leader from the admin log-in.

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