Date of Award

3-2018

Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Special Studies: M.S.

Department

Computer Science and Information Technology

College

School of Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Ezzat Kirmani

Second Advisor

Jie Hu Meichsner

Third Advisor

Jim Q. Chen

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

LMS, Learning Management System

Abstract

A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for delivery and management of educational courses. It is a client-server type solution, typically web-based, used to handle student registration, delivery of course content, administration of tests and assignments, and related record keeping. An LMS is particularly useful for fully online courses or training programs.

The objective of this paper is two-fold. Firstly, we provide an overview of learning management systems, their architecture, and other features. This summary enables us to identify the software requirements specifications for a new LMS. The second objective of this paper is to describe the creation of our own LMS. This new LMS, named LearningMadeEasy4U (LME4U), implements the requirements identified.

The main features of LME4U include file uploading, messaging, course registration, course creation, quiz generation, and downloading capability. Various types of files can be uploaded or downloaded, making it convenient to submit assignments and upload lessons. LME4U’s messaging system enables timely communication between instructor and learner. The system generates quizzes and also has an assessment engine. Login functions are activated for students and instructors. LME4U is capable of serving a wide range of students. It is customizable, and a number of applications can be integrated with it.

Comments/Acknowledgements

I would like to sincerely thank my committee members Dr. Ezzat Kirmani, Dr. Jie Hu Meichsner and Dr. Jim Chen at St. Cloud State University. All of them were very supportive throughout the time I completed my starred paper. Their suggestions and feedback helped me to do my best. I am also very grateful to my advisor and Professor Dr. Ezzat Kirmani, for her continuous guidance, advice, and support throughout the duration of my starred paper. I would like to express my sincere thanks to my parents, siblings, and husband for their continuous support. I would also like to thank my Father, especially for his immense encouragement, motivation, and support throughout my journey at St Cloud State University.

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