Title : JUSUR: The Saudi Arabian learning management system
Nowadays, a vast number of Learning Management Systems (LMSs), whether commercial (e.g. BlackboardTM) or open source (e.g. Moodle), offer a set of services for the distribution of on-line learning materials, assessment, communication, collaboration, and community building, as well as for the creation and management of online learning courses. Most of these systems provide the basic software platform for supporting web-based learning in a practical and pedagogically sound manner.
However, different academic institutions world wide prefer the use of their own custom made LMS; this is the case with JUSUR, a LMS designed and operated by the National Center of E-learning and Distance Learning in order to manage the E-Learning process in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Our intention in this paper is to talk about JUSUR as a new LMS dedicated for the use by Saudi Arabian higher education institutes, and foresee the future of the new LMS. Therefore, our paper will cover the following issues:
What is JUSUR? And its different components?
Why a new LMS?
How is JUSUR comparable to other LMSs?
What is the uptake of JUSUR in Saudi Arabia HE institutes?
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