LMS Top Ten

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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 716.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/filter.handlers.inc on line 570.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/filter.handlers.inc on line 570.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_many_to_one::init() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/filter.handlers.inc on line 1562.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/argument.handlers.inc on line 694.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_display::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/plugins.inc on line 1861.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_display::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/plugins.inc on line 1861.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/plugins.inc on line 3100.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/plugins.inc on line 3673.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/includes/plugins.inc on line 3673.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_comment::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/comment.views.inc on line 480.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_username_comment::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/comment.views.inc on line 527.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_node_new_comments::pre_render() should be compatible with views_handler_field::pre_render($values) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/comment.views.inc on line 803.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node.views.inc on line 1112.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_accesslog_path::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/statistics.views.inc on line 289.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_file::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/system.views.inc on line 225.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_term_node_tid::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/taxonomy.views.inc on line 933.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_upload_description::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/upload.views.inc on line 269.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_user::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user.views.inc on line 414.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_user_name::value_submit() should be compatible with views_handler_filter_in_operator::value_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user.views.inc on line 746.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_user_name::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user.views.inc on line 746.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_content::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/cck/includes/content.views.inc on line 398.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_api_argument_handler::init() should be compatible with views_handler_argument::init(&$view, &$options) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/date/date_api.views.inc on line 368.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_api_argument_handler::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/date/date_api.views.inc on line 368.
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  • strict warning: Declaration of date_api_filter_handler::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/date/date_api.views.inc on line 895.
  • strict warning: Declaration of link_views_handler_filter_protocol::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/link/link.views.inc on line 188.
  • strict warning: Declaration of link_views_handler_argument_target::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/link/link.views.inc on line 331.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_page::init() should be compatible with views_plugin_display::init(&$view, &$display, $options = NULL) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 328.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_page::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 328.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_block::init() should be compatible with views_plugin_display::init(&$view, &$display, $options = NULL) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 397.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_block::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 397.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_attachment::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 486.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_style::init() should be compatible with views_plugin_style::init(&$view, &$display, $options = NULL) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 659.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_view_plugin_style::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar.views.inc on line 714.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_style_ical::init() should be compatible with views_plugin_style::init(&$view, &$display, $options = NULL) in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar_ical.views.inc on line 243.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_style_ical::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/fsaba/sdsu.edtechsource.com/home/sites/all/modules/calendar/calendar_ical.views.inc on line 243.

I'm used to using Moodle with my students. I only have access to the features that are provided by my school district, and so I have worked within that box for the last few years. Reading this article was interesting because it opened my eyes to all the possibilities that are available in an LMS. Here are my top ten LMS characteristics (in no particular order).

1. Flexibility: The LMS should provide options for students to personalize their own learning.

2. Scalability: The ability to change as the size and needs of an organization grow and change.

3. Cost Structure: In today's K12 environment, budget cuts are the norm. Aan LMS must be cost effective to implement and cheap to maintain over time.

4. Electronic Commerce Capability: The ability of the LMS to process and track monetary transactions online. This is an essential capability for higher education and business.

5. Instructor Usability: The LMS must allow the instructor freedom to create their class. This involves supporting many file types, supporting chats and forums, and screensharing as well.

6. Technical Compatibility: An LMS must communicate with all information systems used by an institution. This can be a challenge when working within systems that have been together piecemeal over time.

7. Administrative Features: An LMS should be able to track student courses of study and progress in courses over time.

8. Longevity: Best to choose an LMS created by a company that has a strong base of customers and will remain in business for the foreseeable future.

9. Technical Support: Implementing an LMS across an organization can be technically challenging and it is very beneficial to use an LMS that has excellent customer support.

10. Course Authoring Tools: Important to choose an LMS that incorporates a course authoring tool that fits the needs of a given organization.