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A learning content management system is a solution for the
creation, management and transfer of learning content. Although
LMS have some overlapping technologies, the products are
An LCMS includes the following functionality:
Content creation: LCMS includes the ability to create new
learning content, build templates, import documents easily (such
Microsoft Word and
Microsoft PowerPoint documents), and allows developers to
easily import legacy content (an organization’s existing
training material created in other systems).
Content management: The LCMS provides the tools
necessary for an effective content management strategy including
strong metadata and taxonomy schema, version control, the
ability to check content in and out and the ability to archive
Collaboration Tools: The LCMS includes
workflow management capabilities so that multiple
subject matter experts (SMEs) and instructional designers
can access content and manage the approval process.
Assessments and Analytics: The LCMS can track
participants, support prescriptive learning and can create
advanced assessments without the need for additional tools.
Search and Retrieval: LCMS allows for the quick and
easy retrieval of content for reuse purposes with the use on
strong metadata and taxonomy schemas.
Formal Learning: LCMS is able to support an
organization’s formal learning initiatives – this includes
having a learner portal to deliver courses, supporting blended
learning initiatives with multiple delivery modes (output to
PDAs and other handheld devices, PDF, PowerPoint, Flash etc...).
Performance Support and Informal Learning: LCMSs have
built in performance support tools such as
peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and simulation tools.
Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing is an important part of the
informal learning process.
Standards Compliance and Conformance: LCMSs include
tools to export or publish courses and content to most
Elearning industry standards (SCORM, AICC, AICC PENS, QTI,
There is a growing tendency for organisations to acquire LCMSs
with the prime aim of cutting out the need to use specialist
e-learning producers. This has benefits such as reducing costs
and enabling the company's own staff to update content whenever
the need arises.
However, simply having the tools to make e-learning does not
mean that the product will be any good. You can give someone a
saw, a chisel, a plane and bag of nails but just having the
tools does not mean that the person can make a high quality
piece of furniture. Similarly, LCMSs are fine for generating
bulk standard e-learning courses but in the hands of
non-specialists they can churn out uninspiring and mediocre
Creating effective learning experiences is a skilled job.
Having a good knowledge of learning design is not enough. A
truly engaging e-learning resource is dependent on good ideas.
Unfortunately LCMSs don't have an 'ideas' button!
Computer aided instruction
Learning management system
Managed learning environment
Virtual learning environment
Advanced Distributed Learning
Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM)
Aviation Industry CBT Committee (AICC)
IMS Global Learning Consortium
- Question and Test Interoperability Specification (QTI)
IWT Intelligent Web Teacher