Title

Selecting and Using a Course Management System

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems

Publication Date

Winter 2009

Volume

23

Issue

1

First Page

18

Last Page

21

Abstract

Course management systems (CMS) do more than manage courses. Since they also facilitate the student learning process, a more accurate name would be learning/course management system (L/CMS). The L/CMS is becoming a predominant tool used by institutions to assist the learning process. It is imperative that the right L/CMS is selected for use. Cost, user interface, flexibility, and migration capability are important criteria to examine in the selection process and all stakeholders should play a role in examining the key criteria. Institutions select an L/CMS for faculty and students to use. However, the adoption of this tool has often not been satisfactory because of faculty perception of increased workload. Students using these systems also become discouraged and confused. Future implementations of L/CMSs must take this into account.

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