CHAPTER 1

What Is a Learning Management System?

This chapter defines learning management system and describes the three main types of LMS products. It identifies the key advantages of commercial and open source products and lists the costs associated with acquiring an LMS. It describes stand-alone LMS products and those packaged as apps or plug-ins to popular software frameworks. It also compares an LMS with a learning record store.

A learning management system (LMS) is not the remedy for all your organization’s learning challenges. But it can be useful, especially to organizations that provide training and education programs to employees, customers, suppliers, distributors, professional association members, military personnel, college students, ...

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