Pedagogy and the LMS

The selection of articles below are intended to provide an introduction to the use of learning management system (LMS) technology to support teaching and learning. In addition to serving as a general overview of LMS technology, these articles touch on faculty and student perspectives, critiques of the LMS, and possible alternatives to consider.

Dahlstrom, E., Brooks, D. C., & Bichsel, J. (2014). The current ecosystem of learning management systems in higher education: Student, faculty, and IT perspectives. Research report. Louisville, CO: ECAR, September 2014. CC by-nc-nd. (link to article).

Brown, M., Dehoney, J., & Millichap, N. (2015). The next generation digital learning environment, a report on research. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative paper. (link to article).

Carmen, C., & Haefner, J. (2002). Mind over matter: transforming course management systems into effective learning environments. EDUCAUSE Review. (link to article).

Student Perceptions

Johnson, D., Means, T., & Graff, R. (2012). Student perceptions of course management system tools: Implications for evaluation and adoption of online tools in higher education. ECAR Research Bulletin. (link to article).

Al-Mahmood, R. (2012). LMS Encounters: Promises and Realities–(e) Learning for sustainable futures. Future challenges, sustainable futures, 21-35. (link to article).

Lonn, S., Teasley, S. D., & Hemphill, L. (2007). What Happens to the Scores? The Effects of Learning Management Systems Use on Students’ Course Evaluations. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 10, 2007. (link to article).


Lane, L. M. (2009). Insidious pedagogy: How course management systems affect teaching. First Monday, 14(10). (link to article).

Coates, H., James, R., & Baldwin, G. (2005). A critical examination of the effects of learning management systems on university teaching and learning.Tertiary education and management, 11, 19-36. (link to article).

Coates, H. B. (2004). The influence of online learning systems on campus-based student engagement. In Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Kansas City, MO. (link to article).

Psycharis, S., Chalatzoglidis, G., & Kalogiannakis, M. (2013). Moodle as a learning environment in promoting conceptual understanding for secondary school students. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 9(1), 11-21. (link to article).