What is an LMS?

Overview

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a tool used to facilitate online learning. A typical LMS consists of:

  • A file management system -- where teachers and students can upload, submit, and share files.
  • A user management system -- that keeps user information and controls access to courses and contents. It also keeps all system usage records or a logfile.
  • A communication system -- such as a chat room, forum, email, and personal message.
  • An evaluation system -- such as an autograded quiz, assignment submission and management, and a gradebook system. 
Common LMS

There are several LMSs being used worldwide:

  • Moodle
  • Canvas
  • Blackboard
  • Edmodo
  • etc.
Moodle logo Canvas logo Blackboard logo Edmodo Logo
Mooldle Canvas Blackoard Edmodo


There are some other known LMSs such as Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. However, they rely on external tools for assessment and evaluation, such as Google Forms and Microsoft Forms, and communication tools such as Google Meet. Among all the LMSs, Moodle has remained the world leading LMS for decades. It is a free and open-source system.

Assessment & evaluation via LMS

Assessment and evaluation on the LMS is flexible and fully controllable with many useful features.

  • Question types: Multiple-choice, Short answer, Essay, Matching, Drag & Drop, Numerical, ...
  • Question bank
  • Shuffle questions and choices
  • Randomization
  • Opening & closing date/time
  • Time limit
  • Number of attempts
  • Show if correct, point, hint, and description
  • IP, Mac Address, or password control
  • Percentage
  • Etc.


Last modified: Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 12:09 PM