Learning Management Sites

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The instructional purists out there might state that a learning management site is just another way of saying learning management system (LMS). You might be asking yourself "Why would I create my own LMS when there are so many to choose from already?" Good question. The answer is "It depends on what you really trying to do."

I propose that there are two types of learning management sites:

  • Formal Learning Management: Those sites defined by full-blown learning management systems such as Moodle and those geared towards enabling informal learning. Systems like Moodle support requirements such as course spaces, gradebooks, quizzes, content restrictions, student performance tracking, and so on.
  • Informal Learning Management: Those sites defined by content management systems set up to support informal learning processes. Such processes can include content delivery and community discussion. Today's social media sites such as Youtube.com gives you the freedom to post videos that teach various topics and procedures. The need for gradebooks and student performance is not required.

Before diving into developing a learning management site, ask yourself what you really need to do. Do you need a system like Moodle or some other LMS or is the learning process you want to promote and enable less formal?

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