Learning management system

sakai logoLearning 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

  1. Gradebook (students only see their own grades),
  2. Tests and Quizzes (incl. anonymous surveys), and
  3. 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.

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[updated June 2015]