What is a Learning Management System?

A Learning Management System, commonly known as an LMS, is essentially a web-based classroom space.

A good way to think about it is to imagine an empty box on a web server somewhere. Into that empty box, teachers, instructors and course designers can easily upload course content. Not an empty box anymore!

By password protecting the empty box, you can make sure only your learners can gain access. Of course, once a user account system is in use, automated learner tracking (analytics) becomes available. You will know when your students logged in and what learning resources they accessed.

What is a Learning Management System?

A good course consists of more than just content though. All LMS systems will have 'Added Value' tools. These are online tools that enhance or enrich the learning experience and facilitate instructional tasks such as Assessment, Collaboration, Discussion or other activity types.

LMS systems may also be known as Virtual Learning Environments, or VLEs, or perhaps Course Management Systems (CMS). But, these really all describe the same application for providing an online learning environment, or virtual classroom.

What Next?

Course Merchant are running a series of free online workshops over the coming months. The next dates are in March 2020. Please check our LMS Workshops page for current availability. If you are unable to attend one of these, then please get in touch for a free in-depth call on your LMS needs, and how we or our LMS Partners may be able to assist.


Not too sure about what LMS to choose? Contact us for expert LMS advice, demos and partner referrals appropriate to your needs.