Establishing effective Learning Management Systems through simplicity

Theodoros Mastoras, Panagiotis Fotaris, Anastasios Politis, Athanasios Manitsaris

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Abstract

Designing a Learning Management System (LMS) is a combination of pedagogical design, usability and information architecture. E-Learning systems should have intuitive interfaces and clear information design, allowing learners to concentrate on learning and course developers on learning strategies, thus making e-learning more efficient. Hence, effective LMSs should include sophisticated and advanced functions, yet their interface should hide their complexity. In this paper, we present the key features of an experimental LMS which follows recent usability techniques in order to accomplish simplicity. The usage of computer file management as a metaphor for management and navigation between Learning Objects (LOs) along with a clear and unambiguous user interface allow users to focus on their learning activities without excessive hassle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th WSEAS International Conference on Distance Learning and Web Engineering (DIWEB ’05)
Place of PublicationCorfu, Greece
PublisherWSEAS
Pages111-115
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9608457343
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2005
Event5th WSEAS International Conference on Distance Learning and Web Engineering (DIWEB ’05) - Corfu Island, Greece, August 23-25, 2005
Duration: 23 Aug 2005 → …

Conference

Conference5th WSEAS International Conference on Distance Learning and Web Engineering (DIWEB ’05)
Period23/08/05 → …

Keywords

  • E-Learning
  • Usability
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Learning Objects

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