The Atlantis Learning Management System (ALMS) has four major components:
- User Interface (UI)
- The way a learner connects with the Learning Community.
- The UI gets and gives information from the Learning.
- A great UI is Easy to use.
- Device/media specific – Mobile, tablet, video
- Digital Library (DL)
- The place and structure of where the content is stored.
- Follows Digital Library Standards with extensions and add-ons.
- Context Sensitive Search Engines
- Learning Application (LA)
- Compiles information and produces output. (Hopefully it produces “actionable” output. But, actionable is a relative term.)
- Tells the User Interface what to get or give
- Tells the Digital Library what to store and how.
- Manages the physical and virtual connections between the Application, User Interface, & Digital Libraries.
There are two terms I hear often: Content Management Systems and Learning Management Systems.
I’ve been thinking about it and I think Learning Management System is a better term than Content Management System because why would I want to manage my content if not to learn from it? Why would I spend the time to manage content if my goal is not to learn from all that content.
I think the implication is that a content management system makes no decisions about the content. You could have a content management system that is not directly related to an educational institution for activity. I think get that. But, inherent in any CMS is a set of algorithms and processes that attempt to order the content is the most actionable way. So, I get it.
Foundational when you lay out the three major components of each they are the same. The only difference is in the last component – the specifics of the application. The UI & DL are essentially the same.