LMS – Learning Management System
LMS was designed with accessibility as a priority. A wide range of features ensure assistive technology users can participate fully in learner, instructor, and administrative activities. LMS conforms with international accessibility standards. IMS/ISO AccessForAll support allows learners to configure the environment and content to their specific needs.
All LMS users can develop a network of contacts, create and join interest groups, setup a network profile, and link any of the thousands of remote gadget applications into their networking environment. Photos can be shared across courses, or through the social networking area.
When a student or instructor logs into My Start Page, a list of all current information is presented, providing quick access to ongoing activity in their courses.
Login passwords are encrypted. Forgotten passwords must be reset, rather than retrieved by email, removing the possibility they might be intercepted when being sent over the Internet.
Instructors and students can manage the LMS courses they teach and/or are enrolled in. When a student registers they are automatically logged into My Courses.
All users on an LMS system have an Inbox, through which they can send and receive private messages from other users. Messages sent are saved to Sent Messages, which remain for a set period before being deleted. Messages can be exported and saved externally.
Students can add personal information about themselves for others to see, and include a profile picture, which is also displayed with forum posts. The photo gallery can be used to create a profile album, where a collection of profile pictures can be stored. In case if any students upload any porn or object able material, then such account will be suspended and may have face legal consequences arises out of uploading of such objectable materials in form of text, video or photos.
Learners can move through LMS content using global, hierarchical, or sequential navigation tools. Navigation elements can be hidden to simplify the environment.
Learners can collaborate with others on course projects, communicate as a group through the forums, share resources using the File Storage utility, and work together authoring project documents. Exercises or assignments can be submitted to a group leader, or course instructor.
All users on LMS system have their own file storage utility. File storage areas can also be shared across groups, or an entire course. Version control can be enabled to keep track of drafts or changes to documents. LMS will cancel such storage space without given any notice in case if storage space is not used for study purpose at the discretion of LMS. No communication will be entertained under in regards to cancellation of storage space.
Each group has access to their own blog, to which they can post public messages, available to all course member, or private messages, available only to group members and instructors. Add Latex formatted mathematical notation and multimedia objects to blog postings
Following an action (such as saving preference settings, or posting a message), feedback is given on the status of the operation. This could be a success message, warnings to consider, or errors to fix.
Learners can control LMS features and the theme LMS is presented in. Students can control visual display settings, content adaptation settings, navigation controls and learning tools settings. The Preference Wizard is available from anywhere in LMS, to make quick adjustments to preference settings.
Learners can communicate with others through their Inbox using LMS‘s private mail, through the discussion forums, the chat rooms, or the “User’s Online” tool. Threads and messages can be sorted in a variety of ways. Students can communicate with those in other courses through shared forum, or a community forum, or through networking contacts or groups. Subscribe to forums or topic threads to have messages sent by email. Students can edit their forum posts for a specified number of minutes, and can search through messages in the current course, enrolled courses, or all available courses.
Content Standard Content Packages can be exported from LMS to be viewed offline in the accompanying viewer.
Learners can keep track of the content pages they have visited.
Learners can take tests, review test results, and keep track of their scores. Course Guests can take practice tests. Students can return to a test previously started but not completed, and begin where they left off.
Words and phrases added to the glossary by the instructor, can be accessed from terms embedded within content pages, or viewed alphabetically in their entirety using the Glossary tool.
Each course, and groups within courses, has a tool for collecting links to Web-based information. Both students and instructors can add links. Instructors can manage course links, and students can manage group links.
A search engine allows learners to search course content, and search for courses in the course catalogue.
Learners can search the Content learning objects repository for content related to the topics they are studying, and download content packages for viewing offline.
Instructors have all the networking features learners have. They can turn on social networking within courses and create course networking groups to enhance class interaction.
Instructor documentation is linked from each section of the handbook to the screen LMS it refers to. A link to the full Handbook is available on every screen. The handbook can also be searched or browsed. If enabled, instructors can add their own notes to the handbook.
Guests can be granted access to private courses through a guest URL, sent to them by a course instructor. Guests can view, but not post content to a course.
Instructors can choose from the available course tools and menu modules, and configure them for each particular course. Optionally display tools in the main navigation bar, or link them into the course home page for quick access. Tools can be located on the course home page, or moved to a separate Student Tools page. Drag-and-drop course tools to arrange their order.
All LMS tools can be accessed quickly under Manage tab.
Individual usage statistics can be reviewed to identify gaps in content coverage and the learning tendencies of each learner.
Instructors can manually create, or automatically generate work groups for a variety of purposes. Groups might be used to provide a private area where students can work, to create an assignment submission area, to assign a test to specific students, or for a variety of other possibilities.
In addition to the File Manager, which contains files associated with LMS content pages, the File Storage utility can be used to store private files, to shared files with course members or group members, or used as a place to collect assignment submissions.
Extending the File Storage, instructors can create file folders for collecting assignment submissions, collected from all course members, from group members, or from individuals. A collection of assignments can be zipped together and downloaded. Comments can be made on each submitted assignment for review by the submitter.
Instructors can create content in HTML or plain text. This content can be imported from a local editor, or edited directly online. Release dates can be set to control when content is viewable to learners. Content pages can be rearranged within a course. Related pages can be linked to content as references or relevant information. Use the File Manager while creating content to upload and link in resource files. Click on the Insert button next to a file in the file manager to embed a link or an image in a page while authoring content. Add Latex formatted mathematical notation and multimedia objects to content pages. Content authors can include scripts and style sheets to control the functionlity and appearance of content. IMS/ISO AccessForAll support allows content authors to create adaptive content to match student needs. Tests can be associated with content for quick access to a test after completing a learning unit. Tests can also be setup as prerequisites, so students must pass a test before accessing new content.
The AChecker Web service has been integrated into the Content Editor to allow authors to review the accessibility of their content to people with disabilities who may be accessing LMS using assistive technology. A variety of standards are available for an international audience. AChecker automatically identifies known accessibility problems, and allows authors to make decisions on potential problems that AChecker can not identify for certain. Accessibility reports are saved in the AChecker database, and allow ongoing monitoring of accessibility as content evolves. The AChecker Web service is also available as a plugin for TinyMCE, so content can be assessed for accessibility directly from within the editor.
Instructors can export content from LMS as IMS/SCORM conformant Content Packages that can be viewed offline in the accompanying viewer, or imported into LMS or another conformant e-learning system. Entire courses, or individual course units can be packaged for viewing or redistribution. Content from other compliant systems can be imported into LMS . Import and export complex content such as Java applets, Flash content, and other embedded programmed objects. Content packages can be imported and export with QTI Tests, and AccessForAll adapted content together in a single package. IMS Common Cartridges can be imported, authored or modified, and exported. AccessForAll adapted content can also be imported and exported with common cartridges.
Instructors can gather a list of resources (books, papers, urls etc.) related to topics in a course, and create a Reading List based on those resources.