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Learning Management Systems – The Current Picture

, , University of the West Indies, Jamaica

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in New Orleans, LA, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-12-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA


Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are used worldwide by Higher Education Institutions to assist with efficiency in course delivery and management. The paper reviews the most recent releases of the LMSs and highlights trends such as the move towards Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) learning platform. The learning environments being used by the top ten universities per regions of the world are compared. The study revealed that the individual regions do not bear the percentages of the overall total in view of LMSs and MOOC. A study of the interoperability of the various LMSs, highlights that whereas Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) recommends use of SCORM 2004 4th Edition, and models of this version are necessary for a learner-centric tool, the dominant proprietary learning management system has communicated compliance but the open source learning management systems cannot boast the same privilege.


Beckford, C. & Mugisa, E. (2014). Learning Management Systems – The Current Picture. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 153-163). New Orleans, LA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 18, 2020 from .



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