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Learning Management System (LMS)

Definition 

The technology product that manages course content and assessment tools, allowing content to be accessed, uploaded, modified, and then delivered to students as student-facing learning experiences. LMS' are also refered to as Course Management Systems (CMS).

Features 

  • Timely Support

Designer's Tips 

If you purchase a digital curriculum, it will be housed in its own learning management system. Some will allow you to add content, or performance tasks, others won't. If their LMS (also called a Course Management System) won't allow you to add, or you decide not to add, you'll need an additional system for Performance Tasks: there are various options available. 2Revolutions has created a few tools to help designers learn about the various digital tools they will need to consider. It's worth reviewing their documents to get a sense of how different tools interact with and support each other.

Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line 

With a tight timeline it's potentially better to purchase an existing set of courses and/or modules, and delay purchasing an LMS. If teachers are creating their own student-facing modules or courses then an LMS will be essential. There are 2 reasons for this: (1) Until your program has been operational for a few years it's extremely hard to know exactly which tools will be most useful, so large, up-front investments often don't pay off. (2) Every new digital tool or platform that you embed in your model takes adults and students time to learn and become familiar with. A short time-line means that only a few tools can be learned well enough to use effectively.
Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term. 

Think Before You Buy

Description 

This opinion piece makes a strong case for the importance of planning around mission, vision, and goals when purchasing edtech. It includes links to several exemplars and tools to help leaders develop a sensible technology plan.

Authors 

Lucy Gray

Resource Type 

  • Blog Post

Publishing Organization 

edSurge

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Student Information System
Personalized Learning Plan
Learning Management System (LMS)

Comparison Tech Tool Chart

Description 

This chart compares learning management and student information systems using a rubric, providing a "first cut" at understanding available digital tools.

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

2Revolutions

Type of Organization 

  • For-Profit

Terms 

Student Information System
Learning Management System (LMS)

Technology Combinations Case Studies

Description 

This resource, developed by 2revolutions, provides snapshots of how schools and networks are using technology to accelerate transformation. Schools discuss such issues as managing 1:1 computer environments, selecting a Learning Management System, and connecting to students and parents through technology.

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

2Revolutions

Type of Organization 

  • For-Profit

Terms 

Grade Composition
Grade Reports
Student Information System
Grading & Reporting System
Learning Management System (LMS)

Techonology Combinations for Competency-Based Education

Description 

This 2revoultions designed resource provides an overview of how different technology-based systems can be used in concert to support competency-based education models. Potential combinations of tools are described and rated using a set of clear criteria, helping educators evaluate products such as PowerSchool, Genius SIS, Jumprope, Edmodo, Blackboard Learn, and Show Evidence. Though new products are constantly launched, this resource can help one get oriented in a field that is rapidly advancing, this resource can help one get oriented to the current players.

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

2Revolutions

Type of Organization 

  • For-Profit

Terms 

Grade Composition
Grade Reports
Student Information System
Grading & Reporting System
Learning Management System (LMS)

DreamBox Blog and Infographic on Selecting Digital Curriculum

Description 

This infographic provides a quick overview of ten key considerations when selecting a digital curriculum for a blended learning environment.

Authors 

Tim Hudson

Resource Type 

  • Blog Post

Publishing Organization 

DreamBox Learning

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Management System (LMS)
Modules
Units

Project Foundry

Description 

Project Foundry is a rich database of free resources on project-based learning, but beyond that, it provides a learning management platform specifically designed for project-based learning. The tools available on the platform are robust and can provide a foundation for designer's looking for a starting place in the design of performance tasks and projects.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Project Foundry

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Blended Learning
Learning Assets
Learning Management System (LMS)

Assessing Deeper Learning

Description 

This survey will be especially helpful for schools looking to buy or develop technology-based mastery learning solutions for implementing performance assessments. The resource  'investigate[s] the state of the field and report[s] on the best practices, tools, and resources.' Though "Deeper Learning" is not exclusively a mastery learning pedagogical approach, it has been adopted by key players in the field: Summit Public Schools, Asia Society, High Tech High and others.

Authors 

Carri Schneider, Tom Vander Ark

Resource Type 

  • Report

Publishing Organization 

Getting Smart

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Grade Composition
Grade Reports
Promotion Plan
Course Management System (CMS)
Learning Management System (LMS)

Re-engineering Information Technology

Description 

This issue brief lays out the design considerations for the next generation of information technology systems to support mastery learning systems. Technical characteristics of this student-centered approach that must be built into the information systems include a) providing transparency into what students know and need to accomplish, b) robust user tracking and reporting of performance, c) differentiated instruction and curriculum, and d) options on how students can demonstrate learning.

Authors 

Liz Glowa

Resource Type 

  • Report

Publishing Organization 

iNACOL, CompetencyWorks

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Student Information System
Blended Learning
Grading & Reporting System
Learning Management System (LMS)

Tech. Tools Lag our Competency-Based Aspirations

Description 

As the title makes clear, this blog post discusses the current mismatch between what mastery learning system designers need, and what tech developers are currently producing. It describes how even the most innovative products are generally too limited in scope, too tied to old models of assessment and grading, or fail to fully integrate the assessment, grading, tracking and programming components that are highly interdependent in personalized, mastery learning schools. 

Authors 

Julia Freeland

Resource Type 

  • Blog Post

Publishing Organization 

CompentencyWorks

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Performance-Based Grading
Proficiency-Based Grading
Student Information System
Rating System
Scoring Rubrics
Blended Learning
Grading & Reporting System
Learning Management System (LMS)

Making Mastery Accessible: Guide to Selecting Learning Assets

Description 

Identifying or developing high-quality learning assets to support mastery learning remains challenging, particularly at the secondary level. This design guide is organized as a set of check-lists that can be used to evaluate the quality and appropriateness of online learning assets. Using the checklists will help you reflect on issues such as the appropriateness for your students' knowledge and skills, alignment with your school's competencies and standards, the existence of embedded formative and summative assessments, and the asset's progress tracking capabilities.

Authors 

Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Blended Learning
Playlist
Course Management System (CMS)
Digital Teaching Environment
Learning Assets
Learning Management System (LMS)
Scope and Sequence

Technology Enabled Personalized Learning

Description 

This report documents findings and recommendations from a 2014 summit on technology-enabled personalized learning. The challenges explored include: data; content and curriculum; technology architecture; human capacity; and research and development.

Authors 

Jill Abbott, James Basham, Steve Nordmark, Mark Schneiderman, Steve Umpstead, Kathy Walter, Mary Ann Wolf

Resource Type 

  • Report

Publishing Organization 

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Student Information System
Blended Learning
Learner Profiles
Learning Assets
Learning Management System (LMS)
Personalized Learning