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eLearningWhat does LMS mean? (and Other Important eLearning Questions)

What does LMS mean? (and Other Important eLearning Questions)

We scoured the internet in search of the most pertinent questions surrounding eLearning and Learning Management Systems. On our journey we came to the realisation that there are many elements of eLearning that most people struggle to distinguish between, especially around the most basic concepts. To aid in your knowledge journey we have compiled the most common questions into a single article to use as reference, starting with:

What does LMS mean?

LMS stands for Learning Management System, it is also referred to as an online learning platform or learner management system.

What is LMS in e learning?

The term LMS comes from the collective noun of eLearning which refers to online or digital learning. Although an LMS forms a part of eLearning, in context the LMS refers to the system that facilitates the online learning, whereas the eLearning refers to the content.


What is an LMS?

An LMS is an online database-driven platform that is used to facilitate training both online and in person through a blended learning approach.

What does an LMS do exactly?

An LMS facilitates all aspects of online training through a portal, including course material management, content management, assessments, student progress and all manner of reporting.

How does an LMS work?

An LMS provides a portal to access and interact with all content, documents and online learning functions. It is has predetermined roles which allow users access

Why is LMS important?

An LMS optimises the training process by providing a centralised online learning function which is always accessible. This directly impacts employee skills development and productivity. An LMS can also provide a company with valuable insights to improve their learning goals.

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What is SCORM?

SCORM or Shareable Content Object Reference Model is an eLearning content format that allows the content to interact with a SCORM-compliant Learning Management System. SCORM eLearning content is produced using an eLearning Authoring Tool.

What is Adult Learning?

Adult Learning is a set of learning principles that applies primarily to asynchronous learning, whereby the learner engages with the learning content and systems at their own pace. Adult Learning is focused heavily on maintaining the learners motivation to keep them engaged, which in turn, helps the students retention of the training.

Bonus: Asynchronous Learning refers to learning that does not take place at the same time.

Elearning and Learning Management Systems have become a big part of our daily lives. The fast-paced technology driven world we live in requires that we develop our skills on a regular basis to ensure we do not fall behind the most pertinent technology trends and processes. This list of questions should level up your understanding of the most basic concepts in eLearning. Concepts that will only grow as our systems and processes evolve with the demands of our times.

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