Learning Management Systems

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by Dustin, Sep 26, 2023.

  1. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    What's the word in LMSs these days? I'm interested in building some courses so I'm looking for something inexpensive but reasonably functional. I used Moodle years ago and liked it, but even then it looked outdated.
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  2. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    I don't think there's anything really new? Mostly (entirely?) Moodle, Strut, Blackboard, and Brightspace. No idea about the pricing structure for any of these.
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  3. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    There is a difference between a Learning Management System (LMS) and a Learning Content Management System (LCMS). Then there are content creation systems like Camtasia.

    LMS: Administrate (and deliver) training. Content delivery, registration, transcripting, etc.
    LCMS: LMS, plus the ability to store content (often using metadata methods like SCORM to create a library of content)
    Content Creation: Making the blue ball bounce across the scream, synced to Van Halen's "Jump."
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  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Anyway, Dustin, if your overall site is WordPress, you may make your life simpler by using one of the free LMS plugins available for it, like LearnDash or Lifter.

    Otherwise, depending on the project, you might also consider something like Udemy.

    Beyond that, yeah, Moodle, Canvas, the usual suspects.
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  6. MaceWindu

    MaceWindu Active Member

    Hoping this might help. I do not have any experience with either of those mentioned.

    The Best Learning Management Systems (2023 Update)
  7. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    D2L as well ( Desire 2 Learn)
  8. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    Not quite an LMS but a tool worth mentioning that can be integrated with an LMS: Pressbooks, a fork of WordPress focused on publishing textbooks for output to desktop, tablet, mobile, and print. It's especially popular for OER textbooks.
  9. Vicki

    Vicki Well-Known Member

    Can I just say… I HATE Canvas. My school switched from Blackboard to Canvas. I hate it so much, I cam considering looking for a school that uses Blackboard just to get away from it. And yes, I have used it many other places for free courses. Even the school I work for uses it. I hate it.
  10. datby98

    datby98 Active Member

    Out of curiosity, may I ask why? I have been exposed to Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle, but I don't have any preference among them since most of my time was spent with MS Word or PowerPoint and I converted my writings into PDF files and uploaded them on those platforms merely for completing my assignments.
    Even for forum discussion posts, I would first draft in my MS Word using the plugin of Grammarly for typo checking before I copy+ paste it and hit the submission button.
    If I were asked for one platform I hate most, ....., it must be VoiceThread.
  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Best typo of the whole year. Surreal and very poetic. Well done! Congrats. :)
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  12. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I was hoping people would miss that. I saw it after the edit window closed. But no, it demanded ridicule, like using a yellow highlighter to accent a zit. :)
  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    No ridicule here, Rich. Admiration. Reminded me of William Burroughs' word collages and definitely the French surrealists - e.g. Apollinaire, Éluard an' them. You did good! :) I've had a real thing for the art and writing of that era for oh, maybe 63 years. Since my teens. Your "invention" gave me a real charge - made my day. Even if accidental, brilliance is brilliance. :) Go ask that artist over there, riding a bicycle across his canvas. He'll tell you.

    My sincere compliments.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2023
  14. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. Maybe that's what Learning Systems need - a Surrealist intervention. Disrupt, then re-construct. Yeah... Dr. Timothy Leary and Andy Warhol would both have LOVED to tackle that one... :)
  15. Vicki

    Vicki Well-Known Member

    First, it’s just blah looking. Also, in Discussion boards, you can’t differentiate when a reply is specifically to you. You have to scan through all the posts. I don’t want to scroll through everything all the time. If I have made my minimum posts, I would at least like to know if someone replied directly to me so I can follow up if needed. That is HUGE for me. Also, in Blackboard, we could save a draft right in the forum before posting. With Canvas, I have to open a separate google doc or something. It’s just not what I prefer to do.
  16. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Wow. Canvas is by far the most superior LMS. I love it! Blackboard would be second, and Brightspace (D2L) is the worst.
  17. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    There are so many LMS options, from the oldest which is Moodle I think, to the ones mentioned earlier... It's just a dashboard with features and links to your class content, either videos or assignments, discussion posts, etc. For the last little while, I think I've been spoiled using ASU, Coursera and Edx as their LMS are straightforward, easy to use, it just gets the job done...
  18. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Moodle is far more than that, because it has a plugin architecture that enables a great deal of functionality built by third parties.
  19. datby98

    datby98 Active Member

    Some commercial companies also adopt Moodle as their internal training platform for employees, such as providing training on updates of company policies, SOPs, etc.
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  20. jonlevy

    jonlevy Active Member

    Pearson ecollege might be better - the usual suspects Canvas, Brightspace, Moodle, Blackboard all have similar shortcomings on the user end

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