A Learning Management System (LMS) provides a set of tools that help a faculty member create a secure web site for a class. The instructor provides the content and the system supplies structure, interactivity, and management. Key tools include
- Gradebook (students only see their own grades),
- Tests and Quizzes (incl. anonymous surveys), and
- Assignments (distribute and collect work online).
Here are a few possibilities for teaching and learning:
- Use the quiz tool for pre-class reading checks.
- In a large class, use the grade book tool to post exam scores.
- Use the lessons tool to organize your course syllabus, and
- Use a discussion to solicit potential test items from students.
Other names for an LMS are Course Management System (CMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Notre Dame uses Sakai; other systems include Blackboard, Canvas, BrightSpace (Desire2Learn), and Moodle.
Your textbook may also offer a proprietary LMS or “homework system” that may provide discipline-specific benefits. Examples include language learning and classes that require evaluation of mathematical formulas.
At Notre Dame
- Sakai – Help and Training Classes
- Contact: OIT Help Desk (631-8111) firstname.lastname@example.org
- EdX – the Office of Digital Learning uses this LMS to develop online courses
- Contact: Office of Digital Learning (631-3075) email@example.com
- Consultation regarding tools and strategies to promote effective learning
[updated June 2015]