Technical Analysis of Learning Management Systems Towards Improving System Functionality

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Onwodi, Gregory
Ibrahim, Fatima
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Fostering Lifelong Learning // This is the era of online e-Learning solutions. Also, this had been highlighted with the new standard of "work/learn from home," a change brought upon us by the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19. However, there are no good explanations and detailed studies of most of the modern Learning management systems (LMS) platforms. This research proposes an analysis of the LMS systems and functionality of the LMS frameworks. The criteria for analysis of the LMS platforms in this Research are summarized in three categories: Learning skills tools, Communication tools, and Productivity tools. The main goal is to present a wide-range comparative analysis of ten electronic learning management systems. The lack of communication support leads to using web forums and social networks out of the LMS. This research provides an overview of the platforms, namely: "Moodle", "Black board”, “Canvas”, "iSpring Learn" etc. The research considered the advantages and disadvantages of each service, compared the platforms by a number of characteristics, namely: usability, mobility of the system, the presence of the built-in editor of the course, the availability of video conferencing, the availability of core functionality, additional functionality, support of various kinds of file extensions, the flexibility of the system, the availability of mobile applications, costs when using the platform, accessibility, and user-friendliness. These aspects are the main ones when choosing a platform, as they are key when using online learning services. The comparison is made based on literature reviews, analysis and interviews on the characteristics of the selected LMS providers. This research also provides some recommendations on the selection of the platforms to be adopted. The results of this study give readers information to make their own decisions when choosing an LMS platform based on the needs of their institution, organization, or business. // Paper ID 1761
Learning Management Systems (LMS), Education Technology, Online Learning, eLearning