Explore: Identify the major tool categories in Learning Management Systems.

Answer: What are the most relevant features offered within an LMS?  Which features directly relate to effective online instruction?  How might you use these features in the online classroom environment?

For me, the most relevant features are: discussion boards, messaging, and grades. Being able to easily contact your instructor is key for student success. Although students can use their regular email, messaging the instructor directly through the LMS is much more direct. Additionally, discussion boards are a major component of online learning – they allow students to connect with each other and instructors to connect with their students. Lastly, providing students with the opportunity to check their grades while logged in to the course is a huge benefit for all parties involved: teacher, student, parent, etc. This feature can help students learn responsibility and can also help them better manage their coursework.

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