Benefits and Limitations of Wordpress for Elearning Purposes

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Benefits and Limitations of WordPress for eLearning Purposes Ferdinand Budi Kurniawan Computer Science Faculty, Soegijapranata Catholic University (SCU) Semarang, Indonesia ferdi.kurniawan90@gmail.com Ridwan Sanjaya Faculty of Computer Science, Soegijapranata Catholic University (SCU) Semarang, Indonesia ridwan.sanjaya@gmail.com Abstract— A lot of Learning Management System (LMS) software has been developed by developers and offered to be used for eLearning purposes. For sustainable education reason, many institutions encourage their educators to participate and contribute in the eLearning system by learning how the LMS works. Most of them provide complete features for eLearning activities. However, the complexity of LMS software creates a difficulty for some educators whose limited computer skills. As the impact, they may not optimal to use the eLearning system in their institution. Moreover, some educators do not continue their activities in participating and contributing in eLearning system. It will obstruct the purpose institution in sustainable education purposes. The institution should have another alternative to bridge this problem. WordPress can be a good solution for most educators who do not have high computer skill. WordPress is a Content Management System which is easy to be used for common people. To be used for eLearning, it should be customized to meet certain eLearning standards and also fulfil the educator’s needs. This paper will explain the techniques to customize WordPress for eLearning purposes and to seek the benefits and limitations of WordPress for eLearning purposes.

Keywords—eLearning complexity, eLearning, lms, wordpress customizing, wordpress for eLearning I. INTRODUCTION There are only a few Content Management System (CMS) applications which can be customized for Learning Management System (LMS). WordPress is one of the CMS that can fulfil criteria as LMS software. The CMS should be able to do six activities: centralize and automate administration, use self-service and self-guided services, assemble and deliver learning content rapidly, consolidate training initiatives on a scalable web-based platform, support portability and standards, personalize content and enable knowledge reuse [2]. In summary, a good LMS should provide a system to manage educational training and records and also system to distribute course over the internet. Based on software license, LMS is divided into two categories: commercial LMS and open source LMS. Commercial LMS is a type of LMS software that requires the customer or LMS user to buy the license before the user can make use of LMS features completely. In the other hand, open source LMS is a type of LMS software that requires no commercial license, hence it is free of charge and anyone can modify the codes to meet several requirements. Between

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these two types of LMS, to ensure most educational institutions able to make use of LMS features completely without having the responsibility to buy license, it is wise to choose open source LMS software. WordPress is an open source CMS and when it is modified and customized for LMS, it will become open source LMS as well. One important thing that should be concerned in order to develop a powerful LMS is about multi-user feature. LMS should be accessible to various users with various privileges; for example: only lecturer is allowed to upload assignment instructions and the privilege of student is to download all educational contents and probably upload the results of assignment. In default, WordPress provides this multi-user feature. II. CONCEPT OVERVIEW It is obvious that LMS software should be able to support multi-user feature. Multi-user feature in LMS enables all lecturers and students to access educational contents. Lecturers can upload, edit or delete their own...
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