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LMS: Learning Management Systems


This page is an attempt to gather some useful resources for those who are involved with LMS (Learning Management System) implementation or research into LMS, LCMS, SCORM and AICC.

What is a Learning Management System?

It’s software designed to manage, track, and quantify all of the training, continuing education, employee development, certification and other learning activities in a company.

Who is it for?

Companies implement a learning management system because they’re committed to continued learning, development and knowledge transfer for employees, external and internal customers. Knowledge and expertise is a powerful edge in today’s complex business climate.

What types of learning can be managed by an LMS?

LMS-managed training can be delivered online, in the classroom, in clients’ offices, onsite at customer facilities. It can be deployed via computer-based training like CD-ROM and DVD, or in a blended approach that combines in-person and self paced learning, or in live classes. The LMS can track training in all these different ways as well.

What is an LCMS?

An LCMS is focused purely on managing and delivering the appropriate eLearning content for users when they need it. The Learning Content Management System provides an infrastructure that can be used to rapidly create, modify, and manage content for a wide range of learning to meet the needs of rapidly changing business requirements. The LCMS can use its detailed data on learner scores, question choices, and navigation habits to give content managers crucial information on the effectiveness of the content when combined with specific instructional strategies, delivery technologies, and learner preferences.

What is AICC? What is SCORM?

The Aviation Industry CBT (Computer-Based Training) Committee (AICC) is an international association of technology-based training professionals. The AICC develops guidelines for the development, delivery, and evaluation of CBT and related training technologies. This is a standard in e-learning.

The Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) defines a Web-based learning "Content Aggregation Model" and "Run-Time Environment" for learning objects. The SCORM is a collection of specifications adapted from multiple sources to provide a comprehensive suite of e-learning capabilities that enable interoperability, accessibility and reusability of Web-based learning content.

Web Resources:

  • Learning Circuits: ASTD's Online Magazine About E-Learning
  • AICC: Learn all about AICC here from the organization's website
  • SCORM: ADL's site (Advanced Distributed Learning) - everything SCORM related.
  • NEW: Some of the best whitepapers I have found and read are collected at e-Learning Guru: Here are a sample few. Please visit their site more many more useful whitepapers.
    • Learning Management Systems: The Backbone of Your Training System (THINQ) - LMS overview (101 level). What is an LMS, benefits, trend research showing 60% of all large organizations will soon have one, etc.
    • A Guide to Learning Management Systems (elementk) - Another good overview to what an LMS does. Eight basic components: student management, learning event mgmt, course delivery, course authoring, skill assessment, career development, knowledge bases, learner-based personalization.
    • LCMS and LMS: Taking Advantage of Tight Integration (Click2Learn) - Basic description of the similarities and differences between LMS and LCMS products. Promotes tight LMS-LCMS integration with open standards (e.g., SCORM).
    • Integrating Your LMS with Your ERP System (THINQ) - ERP/HRMS systems focus on personnel records, benefits and payroll with just limited components for employee training. An LMS offers student registration, course launching and detailed tracking. Two options exist for getting an HRMS talking with an LMS: batch data swaps and seamless data sharing.
    • Ten Steps to Successfully Selecting an LMS (Docent/LGuide) - Good report for those just starting on this journey. Includes info on building the business requirements, non-functional specs, researching vendors, conducting LMS vendor shoot-outs, RFPs, and cultural change.

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