ILLUMNUS is a cloud based learning management system for schools where you can manage your classroom online with ease to access. LMSs connect the students or learners with the learning contents in a standardized manner through software and programs specifically developed for student learning. ILLUNUS manage learning events, contents, and learners and administer and manage the learning processes and the performance of the learners by means of recording the activities on the computers and displaying statistics and plans. Often, the term “LMS” is used interchangeably with the “course management system”. The creation of learning resources, delivering content to the students, monitoring students’ participation, and assessing their performance are tasks that are highly dependent on LMSs. Research shows that there is a need to centralize university processes and create a sense of uniformity among the universities. Consequently, LMSs had to be implemented in many learning facilities. The new directions of these software applications included the educational focus on economic goals rather than social goals and discourse of free market competition. LMSs are an e-learning online system in the form of a portal wherein students and lecturers can perform or share many of the classroom activities using the Internet; lecturers and students are able to interact outside the classroom through online forums and discussions more easily, as opposed to learning in a real classroom. Given that the world has become a global village due to advancements in information and technology, Saudi Arabia has not been left behind in terms of Internet availability. Internet access for the students and lecturers has become an easy thing, therefore motivating the use of LMSs.
LMSs play a critical role in the higher education system because of the extension of the classroom and its activities online, hence connecting students to one another and to the lecturers. This connection helps in online discussions and the sharing of learning materials, including textbooks, research materials, and other library resources. Software applications allow the instructors to teach using online tools, which the students use to contact other students and their lecturers. Institutions with budget challenges prefer open LMS (also known as open-source LMS; hereafter OLMS). Open source LMS may look free but it requires institute to have IT servers and IT teams, and so it's a costly affair, and only institutes that have a lot of money can only afford it. OLMSs are set up so that any student can access them.
An OLMS is designed to give its users the freedom to network with one another. Students using the OLMS can easily access learning resources and create educational links that would be beneficial for their studies. The next generation of LMSs provides students with an improved user interface, branding, information system integration, and content sharing. Students can easily search for the required data and share it with other students. Therefore, the online systems offer students more possibilities. The tools and elements of LMSs include students’ and teachers’ functions and tools, communication tools, and learning material tools, as shown in the following: Learning materials include images, videos, and texts. They are provided to the students by the instructors, and students access and download them and can use them to discuss with one another. The success of LMSs is ensured through collaborative and effective communication between the instructors and their students. Communication using the systems can be either synchronous or asynchronous. Synchronous communication is where participation occurs at the same time, while in asynchronous communication, participation does not occur at the same time; some examples are e-mail and discussion boards. The instructor’s functions and tools include course management tools, which help the teachers to upload course announcements, assessments, and learning materials. The instructor is able to plan the work for the entire course and send it to the students so that they can review the material before class, where they can instead discuss and ask questions about what they did not understand. Students’ functions enable the students to interact among themselves and with their instructors, and they are able to access learning materials that help them to carry out self-study. Therefore, students can read when they are free and discuss with others, even when they are far from each other, hence eliminating the need for classrooms.