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Learning Management System Software Selection

, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, BC, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-24-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper outlines an effective methodology for selecting learning management system (LMS) software applications for any size of academic institution. Given the number of options available for LMS applications in the software market, a structured technique for assessing features against the institution’s custom requirements is clearly necessary. A weighted requirements assessment of the features of the software makes sense, but runs into difficulty when attempting to compare cost of ownership between applications. An algorithm is presented in this paper to compare the applications both in features and in total cost of ownership which will result in a single quantitative measure that can be compared across the LMS application options. An implementation of this methodology by the author can be found at


Ferrier, M. (2016). Learning Management System Software Selection. In Proceedings of EdMedia 2016--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 637-640). Vancouver, BC, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 9, 2022 from .