3+ LMS for Online Learning!

What Learning Management Tools are available for Online teaching? How can we move the Classrooms beyond the four walls of the physical building? Are you a private school owner and you’re wondering what tools to use as you move to online teaching? Or an individual teacher just looking to either try something new or start teaching online? This post will suggest three main LMS that can be used to learn online and provide features of each.


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world, leaders at different levels are making critical decisions to respond to the situation we have found ourselves in. While the nation as a whole is taking steps, Educators and schools are also seeking the best ways to adapt to these times. A few weeks ago, I made a post on my Social media networks, wondering what will happen especially to schools, if we get to the point in Nigeria where there is a complete shutdown of schools. As a way of providing some guidance, I made a blog post as well on the need, to begin with a good Learning Management System (LMS) that can aid remote learning. As a proactive, preventive measure, many state governments including Benue, Enugu, Lagos & Ogun have asked all schools to temporarily be shut down for at least the next 30 days. This means schools will either do nothing for those days or need to move online.

Moving the Classroom Beyond the Walls

However, I am glad to see many schools doing great things already and preparing their teachers for this eventualities. I even saw online schools springing up for both primary and secondary schools. Schools will be using several online learning platforms to run their classes for the next few weeks. In fact, individuals are rising to bridge the gap by starting online schools and providing content and activities for students online. This is laudable… Indeed, necessity is the mother of invention! While this isn’t an outright invention, this is a good time for any school to make little moves to online teaching or remote learning. We would learn in the process and the nation won’t need to be completely grounded!

Are you a private school owner and you’re wondering what tools to use as you move to online teaching? Or an individual teacher just looking to either try something new or start teaching online? This is a great opportunity to take your expertise and teach it online, where not just your direct students can benefit from but other students from around the nation and world at large can benefit from as well. In this post, I will share with you 3 Learning Management Systems (LMSs) that can be used for online or remote learning. I have not listed them in any particular order.

1. Google Classroom

Google Classroom is an online learning platform by Google that can be used either by whole schools, districts or an individual teacher.

The following are features of this platform:

  • Content can be uploaded in various formats (text, image, video, URL).
  • All materials are neatly arranged in a google drive folder.
  • Posts can be made in the form of announcements or just information.
  • Activities can be given using a quiz, google forms, or any other assessment tool.
  • Grades can be tracked and feedback can be given.
  • Integrates with Google suite of apps (Calendar, Forms, Drive, Gmail, YouTube, etc.)
  • Students can comment on posts but not like or share.
  • There is no integrated gamification but teachers can gamify their learning. 
  • Mobile apps are available for both teachers and students.
  • Free for individuals and schools.

Stand out Feature: Full integration with Google suite of apps

2. Edmodo

Edmodo is another great option for online learning.

The following are features of this platform:

  • Content can be uploaded in various formats (text, image, video, URL).
  • Folders can be arranged to keep uploaded content. Google Drive can also be integrated and link shared.
  • Posts can be made in the form of announcements or just information.
  • Activities can be given using quiz, polls or any other assessment tool can be integrated.
  • Grades can be tracked, exported and feedback given.
  • Groups and subgroups can be created. 
  • Students can interact socially (comments, likes and shares).
  • Mobile apps are available for both teachers and students.
  • Ability to follow other interesting topics and open learning to other students.
  • There is no integrated gamification but teachers can gamify their learning. 
  • Free for individuals and schools.

Stand out Feature: Full Social Interaction and ability to create groups and subgroups

3. CourseNetworking

CourseNetworking is a very interesting learning platform which is less known.

The following are features of this platform:

  • Content can be uploaded in various formats (text, image, video, URL).
  • Files can be arranged into folders for easy access and usage.
  • Posts can be made in the form of announcements, or just information.
  • Activities can be given using quiz, polls or any other assessment tool can be integrated.
  • Grades can be tracked and feedback can be given.
  • Groups and subgroups can be created.
  • Students can interact socially (reflections and ratings).
  • No mobile app but the website is very mobile responsive.
  • Ability to follow other interesting topics and open learning to other students.
  • Full gamification integration including points (called Anar seeds) and badges. Teachers can also integrate other gamification principles.
  • Free for individuals and schools.

Stand out Feature: Integrated Gamification Tools

I have personally interacted with the tools above and found them useful for online teaching and learning, either for individual teachers or for schools. There are, however, other tools which I haven’t interacted with but heard of which can be useful. You can check them out as well. 

Moodle is a very popular option used by larger tertiary institutions.
Teachable, useful for a more asynchronous learning experience.
Microsoft Teams looks a lot like Slack but designed to be used in Education. It also integrates fully with all Microsoft tools. 

These three tools among others can be used to facilitate online learning at a time like this. The table below tries to draw a visible comparison between these three tools.

Comparison between Google Classroom, Edmodo and CourseNetwork

FeatureGoogle ClassroomEdmodoCourse Networking
Upload ContentYES
(Text, Image, Video, URL)
YES
(Text, Image, Video, URL)
YES
(Text, Image, Video, URL)
Activities and AssessmentsQuiz, Assignment, Question, Integrate other appsQuiz, Polls, Assignment, Question, Integrate other appsQuiz, Polls, Assignment, Question, Integrate other apps
Topics, Groups, SubgroupsTopics onlyYESYES
Social InteractionComments onlyComments, Likes & SharesReflection & Rating
Integrated GamificationNONOYES
(Points, Badges)
Mobile ResponsivenessAppAppWeb on mobile
CostFREEFREEFREE

Have you used any of these online learning tools? What was your experience with them? Is there any other online learning tool you would rather suggest? Share with us in the comment section.

8 thoughts on “3+ LMS for Online Learning!”

  1. Concerning to the first question, yes. Second question, I have had a better experience with Edmodo at teaching level in Central University of Venezuela. Edmodo have a subgroups segmentation and social interactions facilities and I think that evaluation and security data is better. In videoclass I use Prezi.

    1. Thanks, Enrique Vera for your comment.

      Yes, I have also loved working in Edmodo; even though the gamification features in CourseNetworking make it a little more attractive to me but you can always integrate some gamification even in Edmodo as well.

      Yes, Prezi is a great presentation tool. I assume you use in replacement of PowerPoint? Do your students also prefer Prezi to PPT?

      @Danno4krist

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