Comparison of LMSs: Which is the Most Suitable LMS for my Needs?


  • Agustin C Caminero UNED
  • Roberto Hernandez
  • Salvador Ros
  • Llanos Tobarra
  • Antonio Robles-Gomez
  • Rafael Pastor



performance evaluation, learning management system, open source LMS


The role of Learning Management Systems (LMSs) is very important when conducting educational activities, spe- cially in the case of distant education â?? when its use becomes essential since all the interactions among the participants in the learning/teaching process are conducted though it. There are a number tools to provide this functionality, both open-source (such as .LRN, Sakai, or Moodle) and proprietary solutions (such as Blackboard). Given the wide variety of existing LMSs, it is worthwhile to devote effort in order to figure out which LMS is the most suitable for my needs? This paper strives at answering this question by presenting a twofold evaluation that compares three of the most widely used open-source LMS, namely .LRN, Sakai, and Moodle. First, a performance evaluation is presented that shows the different levels of use of the hardware resources (e.g. CPU, memory, I/O) of the machine the LMS is running on. Second, a performance evaluation from the point of view of the system administrators is also presented.

Author Biography

Agustin C Caminero, UNED

Agustín C. Caminero received his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2009, both from the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain. After that, he was awarded with a Post-doctoral grant at Complutense University, Madrid, Spain. He is an Assistant Professor at the Control and Communication Systems Department at the Spanish University for Distance Education, UNED. His interests include quality of service support in parallel distributed computing systems and development of infrastructures for e-learning. He has co-authored more than 30 publications in international journals and conferences on these topics. He is a member of IEEE.




How to Cite

Caminero, A. C., Hernandez, R., Ros, S., Tobarra, L., Robles-Gomez, A., & Pastor, R. (2013). Comparison of LMSs: Which is the Most Suitable LMS for my Needs?. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 8(S2), pp. 29–36.



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