Learning Management System (LMS)

A powerful education platform is an essential tool for teaching and learning today.
D2L Learning Management System screenshots in three devices

What is an LMS?

A learning management system (LMS) is the software used by schools and businesses to manage the delivery of educational or training content. The term can be applied to basic course management systems, but it typically refers to large-scale learning platforms that can be used to advance teaching and learning.

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What to look for in an LMS

D2L Learning Management System, Product screenshots to illustrate the easy, flexible and smart features in D2L

Simple and easy to use

The user experience is clean, simple, and designed for rapid adoption on all devices. With features like drag and drop content into courses, automate common tasks, and send feedback quickly. But for some of the more in-depth features look for training and services offered by the vendor.

Accessible by anyone anywhere

Whether in class, at home or on the bus; using a laptop or hand-me-down smartphone, today’s LMS platforms need to work anytime, anywhere. Perhaps, more important it needs to be accessible for any user regardless of physical limitations and usable by people with disabilities and interoperable with assistive technologies.

Plays well with others

What takes a learning management system to the next level and become a learning management platform is the ability for you to continue to use the tools you love with support for single sign-on and built-in integrations into tools like Google Drive™, and plug and play SIS integration.

Provides personalized learning

Your learning management platform needs to adapt to the way you teach, and the way your students or employees learn. Course delivery should be able to adapt to individual needs based on what a learner does – or doesn’t do – using automated methods to personalize learning – saving time will providing customized support to learners.

D2L Learning Management System, screenshot class progress in laptop and mobile devices

Offers interactive learning

In a game-based learning environment, learners work towards a set goal. A risk-free setting encourages experimentation by letting them choose their own actions. They can proceed at their own pace and get immediate feedback about their progress.

Creates a collaborative environment

Build a culture of engagement and social assessment with your LMS. Use video to promote iterative employee and student improvement, and online forums to encourage communication and collaboration. Online discussion forums and digital portfolio functionality promote social learning and encourage employees and students to share and collaborate.

Makes it easy to provide meaningful feedback

Giving learners feedback can be a driver to improving outcomes. Providing feedback with rubrics can lead to deeper learning, resulting in higher achievements. They can help learners to focus their efforts and produce a higher quality of work – while knowing that the assessment is going to be fair and transparent. Instructors may also want to leave contextual inline feedback, providing specific feedback that is relevant to learners.

D2L Learning Management System, Screenshots of the intuitive homepage on Desktop, Mobile and Tablet devices

Secure and reliable

Your information is important to you, and it should be protected with the highest levels of security possible. And when that paper is due, students should be confident that they can submit their work through the LMS with guaranteed up-time of 99.9%.

Analytics that can help you make decisions

Your learning platform needs to not only facilitate learning and development, it needs to report on progress and identify students that might need more help. Empowering evidence-based decision making with intuitive learning analytics reports.

Expect a partner in innovation

You expect your learning platform to deliver results on learning outcomes and strategic objectives. That means you need a partner to collaborate with you day-to-day to help you plan, measure and achieve those results.   You’ll want a relationship that goes past the initial implementation stage and provide everyone with the support and resources that they need so they can reimagine their own capacities and focus on growth in the areas that matter the most, teaching and learning.

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