15+ Learning Management System Terms

If you are considering an LMS for your company, it is important to know the industry terms. The following list of common LMS terms will help you become familiar with the terminology and understand what a Learning Management System does.

  • Course: This is an individual unit of study that students can take at their own pace. A course may be part of a degree program or certification track, or standalone content in which there is no requirement for additional courses.
  • Content Authoring Tool: This tool enables teachers to develop curriculum and upload content without having any programming experience necessary (e.g., Adobe Captivate).
  • Content Library: All available learning materials are organized into topics so they can be easily accessed by learners.
  • Content Packages: These are collections of content that can be purchased for a fixed price and used in multiple courses or other projects.
  • Course Builder: A Course Builder tool is the medium through which course builders design, publish, share their work with others, and discover new LMSs to use as well as find inspiration from what others have created. Courses created using this type of software typically include detailed text modules and graphics about each lesson’s topic; multimedia presentations by teachers who explain concepts step-by-step; interactive quizzes (for students) or assessments (for instructors); social media interaction tools such as discussion boards; data analytics generators for reports on learner progress; plus many more features available depending upon how advanced the LMS is.
  • Course Catalog: This list of courses available to your learners, which can be sorted by topic or level. It is usually displayed as a webpage with links to each course’s page.
  • Reporting: LMSs can generate reports on various aspects of learner progress, such as how often they log in and what courses they have completed. Reporting features may also include data analytics generators for generating reports on learner progress.
  • Learning Record Store: A Learning Record Store is a database within the LMS that keeps records about learners’ activities and accomplishments over time, including certificates earned, tests taken, grades received etc., so learners are able to track their own learning journey (e.g., through an automated transcript).
  • Certification Management: This feature enables companies to issue certifications from an LMS by creating exams or quizzes programmatically with any question types desired. In addition to issuing digital badges when certification requirements are met, this function can also be used to automatically generate printable certificates, making the process much more efficient for companies and learners alike.
  • Responsive Design: A Responsive Design enables a course’s content to adjust based on the device being used (e.g., laptop vs tablet).
  • Learning Management Systems: LMSs are software applications that provide tools such as authoring modules, file libraries, reporting features, assessment abilities etc., which enable organizations to develop learning solutions with an end goal of employee education or skill development.
  • Skills Tracking: This feature allows learners to keep track of their skills development milestones, such as the number of courses completed or certifications earned and then share those accomplishments with others outside the LMS.
  • Test-Building: A Test Building tool that enables teachers to develop tests without requiring programming experience necessary (e.g., Adobe Captivate).
  • Built-In Authoring Tool: Provided by some LMSs in order for users to create course content themselves from a web browser interface including text modules, graphics about each lesson’s topic, multimedia presentations by teachers who explain concepts step-by-step plus many more features available depending upon how advanced the LMS is. In other words, users can create courses by themselves without hiring content creators.
  • Gamification Features: The incorporation of game-like mechanics into instructional materials and coursework to engage learners in the process of learning. Gamified eLearning is a great way to boost learner motivation!
  • Multi-Language Support: This feature allows learners of any language to take courses in their native tongue.
  • Offline Learning: Offline learning refers to the ability for a learner’s LMS account and coursework to be available even when they cannot connect with an internet connection, such as during natural disasters or other emergencies.
  • Self-Enrollment: This function enables organizations with employees spread out over many different locations that do not have access to traditional classroom settings (e.g., truck drivers). In order to enroll themselves and get started on their own schedules, these remote workers can complete all their training via online modules from anywhere there is an Internet connection—or offline if needed!

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