Choosing the Right LMS

Dempsey, Kelly (55 replies)

Consider Jen Jonson’s video, Free Learning Management Systems and Other Options for Digital Content Delivery (Youtube:

She covers numerous aspects of an LMS to consider (Usability, Gradebook, Quizzes, Attendance, Rubrics, Mobile App, etc) At the end of the presentation she asks you to base your choice of an LMS on whether or not it enhances your workflow and if it makes it easy for your learners to access the class’s digital content.

In your initial posting of Module 3’s Discussion, consider the most important aspects of an LMS if you had to pick one for your course and provide a thoughtful rationale for your answer. (Remember to tie in concepts from this week’s Infographic: The Top 20 Most Popular LMS Software (Links to an external site.) in the Module Three: Research and Post: Understanding Learning Management Systems, as examples to support your point of view.

In replies to at least two of your classmates, look for points of common ground or areas in which you differ as you build upon their thoughts and extend the dialogue. Remember that our discussions are guided by the Discussion Participation Rubric (distributed earlier).Search entries or author Filter replies by unreadUnread     Collapse replies Expand replies Subscribed ReplyReply to Choosing the Right LMS

  • Student 1Jan 23 at 4:26pm
    To me, the major requirement of the Learning Management System is the same as that made of the on-line teacher: to step off the center stage and become the “guide on the side”. The LMS should be abundantly self-explanatory and transparent, so that its management only enhances and doesn’t distract from the learning experience.As a teacher, I want to learn the LMS as I use it, allowing me to concentrate on pedagogy, rather than technology. I want it to readily allow me to interact with students and faculty, both as a communities and as individuals,; to support synchronous and asynchronous video and written conversations; and to easily post videos, articles, internal and external links. Lucy in MinneapolisAs a student, I want the LMS to be fool-proof, so that I can easily organize my work-load, I never miss assignments, and leads me inexorably to interactions and communications with my peers.  Reply
    • Student 2 Jan 26 at 5:57pm Hi Lucy, From a student perspective, what has helped keep you organized and follow due dates? I see a need to better support my students in following through on assignments via Canvas. 
    • Dempsey, KellyJan 26 at 7:44pm Hi Lucy, That sounds like a dream LMS! Unfortunately there is no single LMS that does everything perfectly yet but they are getting close. I think Canvas is probably the most teacher-friendly LMS around from what I hear teachers say. I’m glad we are using Canvas in this class because the previous LMS D2L was terrible!Kelly@NY 
  • Student 3 Jan 26 at 4:54pm
    Keys to LMSUsability is high aspect for me. As an instructor and student, I want easy navigation and organization. It’s important to be able to find quizzes, assignments, due dates, etc. Canvas as an example has a calendar with due dates, as well as a to-do list on the side. Overall, I want my LMS to save me time and be efficient. This requires many aspects: navigation, ability to upload files and videos, rubrics and communication. I’m a little bias towards Canvas, but have found it much easier to use than Desire2Learn. I do think it gets confusing with the discussion group navigation, but learned some new tips from Maggie’s demonstration. 
    • Dempsey, Kelly Jan 26 at 7:52pm I agree with you about Canvas.  I think Canvas is probably the most teacher-friendly LMS around from what I hear teachers say. I’m glad we are using Canvas in this class because the previous LMS D2L was terrible! I have heard that the two biggest strengths of Canvas are: it’s simple and intuitive interface and the SpeedGrader.  Here’s more info on the SpeedGrader if you haven’t heard of it: (Links to an external site.)Kelly@NY