Learning management system

sakai logoLearning Management System (LMS) provides a set of tools that help a faculty member create a secure web site for a class. The instructor provides the content and the system supplies structure, interactivity, and management. The “power tools” include

  1. Gradebook (students only see their own grades),
  2. Tests and Quizzes (incl. anonymous surveys), and
  3. Assignments (distribute and collect work online).

Here are a few possibilities for teaching and learning:

  • Use the Tests and Quizzes tool for pre-class reading checks.
  • In a large class, use the Gradebook tool to post exam scores.
  • Use the Lessons tool to structure student reading and activities, and
  • Use a Forum to encourage discussion of key topics or concepts.

Other names for an LMS are Course Management System (CMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Notre Dame uses Sakai; other systems include Blackboard, Canvas, BrightSpace (Desire2Learn), and Moodle.

Your textbook may also offer a proprietary LMS or “homework system” that may provide discipline-specific benefits. Examples include language learning and classes that require evaluation of mathematical formulas. These publisher sites can often be ‘plugged’ into Sakai for seamless access for students.

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[updated September 2017]