The term Learning Management Systems (LMS) was something I had never heard of before I started university. Within my first term at CQU in the course ‘Principles of University Learning’ I was introduced to our LMS Blackboard. I was amazed that there was such a thing, a single platform that delivers the foundation to all information and resources required for my studies.
As I continued to explore the site I found chat rooms to talk to peers and lecturers about any problems or queries that I might have, all it required was my user ID and password (as most LMS content are protected by password verification) and I have the basis to my information right in front of me. How wonderful!
LMS are generally used for areas such as education, therefore commonly used within universities to manage required readings, resources for assignments and courses, networking, distributing information and record keeping (E-Learning Consulting, 2008). LMS are a great source of communication for on-line distance education classes, allowing them to keep in contact and have easy access to essential information (E-Learning Consulting, 2008).
Over the past two years I have found these systems such as Blackboard and Moodle easy to navigate, useful and very effective towards my studies.
Until next time,
E-Learning Consulting. (2008). Learning management systems. Retrieved August 14, 2009 , from http://www.e-learningconsulting.com/products/learning-management-system.html