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ERIC Number: EJ774588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-8756-3894
An Argument for Clarity: What Are Learning Management Systems, What Are They Not, and What Should They Become?
Watson, William R.; Watson, Sunnie Lee
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v51 n2 p28-34 Mar 2007
The application of computers to education has a history dating back to the 1950s, well before the pervasive spread of personal computers (Reiser, 1987). With a mature history and varying approaches to utilizing computers for education, a veritable alphabet soup of terms and acronyms related to computers in education have found their way into the literature, most of them non-standardized. Learning Management System (LMS) is one approach to the application of computers to education which holds great potential and important concepts, yet is often misunderstood and the term misused. This article will clarify the use of the term LMS by presenting a history and definition of LMS, differentiating it from similar terms with which it is often confused, and discussing the role it can play in education. It will then describe current application and available features of LMS's, and conclude by identifying trends and recommending future research. (Contains 1 table.)
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Language: English
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