A Learning Management System is an educational platform that allows schools, colleges and universities to manage their online learning materials and interactions in one place. Also known as LMS, a Learning Management System gathers all course content, daily lessons, assignments, tests/quizzes, feedback, and grading. In addition, an LMS handles student-educator communications and serves as a place for instructors and learners to meet virtually. A good Learning Management System offers an easy-to-use interface accessible from a computer or mobile device.
Learning Management Systems can be installed (self-hosted) or cloud-based platforms. An installed LMS is a software application hosted locally and managed through the institution's internal servers. While a cloud-based LMS is hosted in the cloud, making it easily accessible from the internet.
Most reliable Learning Management Systems follow the IMS Global Learning Consortium, among other organizations that standardize the edtech industry. This helps assure efficient integration and communication between e-learning tools and applications. A robust LMS facilitates integration while providing security through preventative and detective mechanisms. It also has secure processes, controls, and tools. As with any other technological application, an LMS must follow data privacy laws to protect user information and ensure it's used only to support students, institutions, and education.