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How Content Management Systems and Learning Management Systems Differ

Content Management Systems (CMS) and Learning Management Systems (LMS)  are different types of systems that have different purposes. A district may need both types of systems.

A Content Management System (CMS) is used to create a framework for the content of a web site. It makes it easy for a large number of people to contribute content to a website without needing expensive software.

Moodle is a Learning Management System (LMS). A learning management system is Internet based software that manages student enrollment, tracks student performance and records student data, and allows delivery of e-learning education courses. It is most often used to deliver online or blended/hybrid instruction.



Content Management System Moodle
Primary focus To create a system to easily upload information to the web. The primary use is to distribute information or push information. To create a social constructivist learning platform for e-learning.
Management of online courses No Yes
Performance Reporting of activities, assignments, and assessments No Yes
Supports Learner Collaboration No YesIncludes blogs, wikis, interactive chats, peer review systems, discussion boards
Calendar Yes Yes
Measures student meeting of pre-defined outcomes No Yes
Organizing content Yes Yes
Creation of quiz questions and test administration No Yes
Dynamic pre-testing and adaptive learning environments No Yes
Can serve up content based on learner needs and abilities No Yes
Automate record keeping No Yes
Stores learner profile No Yes


A short video explaining Moodle is available at

Tammy Frame

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Dr. Frame is the Founder and Chief Education Officer of eClass4learning.

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