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Learning Management Systems means:

It is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events, e-Learning programs, and training content (Ryann K. Ellis, 2009).

LMSs range from systems for managing training and educational records, to software for distributing courses over the Internet with features for online collaboration. Corporate training use LMSs to automate record-keeping and employee registration. Student self-service (e.g., self-registration on instructor-led training), training workflow (e.g., user notification, manager approval, wait-list management), the provision of online learning (e.g., computer based training, read & understand), onlne assessment, management of continuous professional education (CPE), collaborative learning (e.g., application sharing, discussion threads), and training resource management (e.g., instructors, facilities, equipment), are dimensions to Learning Management Systems.

Some LMSs are Web-based to facilitate access to learning content and administration. LMSs are used by regulated industries (e.g. financial services and biopharma) for compliance training. It is also used by educational institutions to enhance and support classrom teaching and offering courses to a larger population of learners across the globe. 




LMSs cater to educational, administrative, and deployment requirements. While an LMS for corporate learning, for example, may share many characteristics with a VLE, or virtual learning environment, used by educational institutions, they each meet unique needs. The virtual learning environment used by universities and colleges allow instructors to manage their courses and exchange information with students for a course that in most cases will last several weeks and will not meet several times during those weeks. In the corporate setting a course may be much shorter, completed in a single instructor-led or online session.

The characteristics shared by both types of LMSs include:

* Manage users, roles, courses, instructors, facilities, and generate reports

* Course calendar

* Learning path

* Student messaging and notifications

* Assessment and testing handling before and after testing

* Display scores and transcripts

* Grading of coursework and roster processing, including waitlisting

* Web-based or blended course delivery


Course Learning Management System

It is a related technology to the learning management system, in that it is focused on the development, management and publishing of the content that will typically be delivered via an LMS. A C/LMS is a multi-user environment where developers may create, store, reuse, manage, and deliver digital learning content from a central object repository. The LMS cannot create and manipulate courses; it cannot reuse the content of one course to build another. The C/LMS, however can create, manage and deliver not only training modules but also manage and edit all the individual pieces that make up a catalog of training. C/LMS applications allow users to create, import, manage, search for and reuse small units of digital learning content and assets, commonly referred to as learning objects. These assets may include media files developed in other authoring tools, assessment items, simulations, text, graphics or any other object that makes up content within the course being created. A C/LMS manages the process of creating, editing, storing and delivering e-Learning content, supplemental materials and other training support deliverables such as job aids.

A C/LMS is software for managing learning content across an organization's various training development areas. It provides developers, authors, instructional designers, and subject matter experts the means to create and re-use e-Learning content and reduce duplicated development efforts. In the remote AICC hosting approach, a C/LMS may host the content in a central repository and allow multiple LMSs to access it.

Rather than developing entire courses and adapting them to multiple audiences, a C/LMS provides the ability for single course instances to be modified and republished for various audiences maintaining versions and history. The objects stored in the centralized repository can be made available to course developers.