This question is very theoretic, but I hope you can bare with me! I have visited many pages and read about this topic, but just cant seem to find a clear answer.
What is the true difference between LMS and LCMS. Which is Moodle actually, I read it's both. I have read that the difference is that LCMS is for creating content as well, unlike LMS. What is meant by creating content? Does it mean SCORM editors that can create SCORM content, or what? I do know what is possible to create with Moodle, but is it enough to make it LCMS, or should it be able to create something more to be LCMS. So basicly: what is the literal, concrete difference between LMS and LCMS and their use, and where does Moodle fit in.
Thank you for you patience and attention!!!
I think that the best (short) answer about what a Learning Content Management System can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_content_management_system#LMS_and_LCMS_compared.
- Moodle is not strictly a fully enabled LCMS
- An LCMS is not limited to SCORM but focuses on LOs
Longer answer. IMHO Moodle is not a complete LCMS since it misses:
- Version Control System features (behind the scene, its File API is pretty ready to support that!)
- Missing the ability to self produce some of the local contents it puts on delivery, being SCORM the kind of content Moodle "just" puts in delivery
The fact that LCMS' are those able to fully manage the life cycle of Learning Objects is IMHO the driver to let people thinking an LCMS like a SCORM repository where reusability is the key factor to assemble Packages to be delivered while content authors keep care of collaboratively creating "tons" of LOs, ready to be used in several training projects. Note: this nice picture requires strong training plans.
- Moodle used not to delivery SCORM content is an LCMS except for (1)
- Moodle used to delivery SCORM content is an LCMS except for (1) and (2)