A Learning Management System (LMS) is typically a system within an organization which is used for administration, documentation, tracking and reporting of teaching and learning activities. The LMS is used to keep track of students in courses, to provide students with online reading and interactive online material such as texts, videos, assignments or quizzes, to give feedback, follow up, and track exam assignments and student results.
What is it?
What is the value?
Online teaching material such as texts, images, links and videos can be distributed on the LMS and made available to the students before and after classes. Furthermore, you can include other interactive elements through the LMS such as online quizzes, assignments or discussions that support active learning. The LMS is also used for feedback and follow-ups on assignments and to keep track of student submissions.
- Supplement your online teaching material with online assignments or quizzes in which the students can test their knowledge and get feedback on their learning.
- Record your lecture on video and make it available on the LMS prior to the lecture. Free up class time for activities that support active learning.
- Incorporate open educational resources (OER) made available by colleagues at other universities or elsewhere to supplement your own teaching. OERs are textbooks, video lectures, assessments and new forms of gamified multimedia educational experiences made available for free in open-source-type software.
Which Software Should I choose?
Use Absalon, which is accessed through the intranet: kunet.dk.
Use open educational resources (OER) from the internet. Search for yourself or use the following links:
- iTunes U – Apple
- Khan Academy – non-profit organisation
- Open University – The Open University
- Connexions – Rice University
- MITOpenCourseWare – MIT
- OER University – several higher education institutions
- MERLOT – Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
- Saylor.org – non-profit site with OERs for higher education
- Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning – University of Texas, Austin
- AMSER (Applied Math and Science Education Repository) – National Science Digital Library