An introduction to learning management systems

Document Type

Conference publication

Publication details

Mahoney, K & Cameron, L 2008, 'An introduction to learning management systems', in The Proceedings of the ICICTE 2008 International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education, Corfu, Greece, 10-12 July, pp. 314-323.

Published version available from:


Peer Reviewed



This paper outlines the fundamental factors that emerge when determining whether a LMS would be an advantage in any given educational environment. Administrators, computer co-ordinators and even classroom teachers are being asked to help determine whether their institution should invest in a Learning Management System. Many know little about the area, their technical skills vary widely and most are unable to tell sales people what they want, let alone negotiate their way through to the best deal. This paper provides a balanced overview of what learning environments can expect from a learning management system.