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B. Training Management System (TMS)
The TMS was around before the LMS. It’s a network application that manages and automates all traditional trainingactivity. Like an LMS, it registers and tracks learners;however, the TMS assumes that all learning is face-to-face. Itmaintains catalogues of courses and classrooms, classroomresources and classroom events.Its calendar function allows a trainer to book a classroomfor a specific number of learners on specific dates and to book a projector, a flip chart, and any other resources she needs.Learners can then register for the course using anauthorization code issued by their manager. The TMS allowsthe instructor to note in each learner’s personal records thesessions they actually attended. Behind the scenes, the TMSuses the authorization code to charge the cost of the course of the learner’s business unit.With the arrival of e-learning, TMS vendors simply addeda new module to manage what was to them just anotherlearning resource online. When e-learning became moreimportant, vendors changed the description of their productfrom TMS to LMS. Meanwhile new dot-com entrepreneurswere developing dedicated Web-based LMS applications thatexploited the power of Internet technologies in ways theTMS-based systems couldn’t. However, it wasn’t long beforeprospective LMS customers asked the new entrepreneurs howthey planned to handle classroom courses. The entrepreneurssimply added a TMS module to their LMS. Customers had tochoose either a TMS with an LMS module or a LMS with aTMS module. That kind of confusion has dogged the marketever since.III. DATA FLOW DIAGRAMIn this section, we propose data flow diagram related to thediscussed control systems. According to the aforementionedexplanations, the LMS and TMS systems are able to corporatemany tasks in relation with student, teacher, and managermodelling in an e-learning system. In the proposed model, aprocess system is designed to get the information from thestudent and teacher, analyse them and keep the data for themanagement. In this system, the student may need thecatalogues, lesson plans and so on. Also the students return theirassessments of the learning system, do their registration, andtrack their educational condition. The teachers would providethe lessons and exam questions. The manager makes thedecisions about acceptance or rejection of the registration andcontent of the lessons. The configuration of the primary systemis presented in Figure 2.
Fig. 2 The configuration of the primary system
Some details could be included in the primary system tocover the whole requirements of an LMS. In this complicatedsystem, whole tasks of user/instructor modelling are beingcovered. Student would enter the system by registration ormaking his profile. After his registration is authenticated by themanager, he can be included in the process of choosing thecourses, teachers and etc. Then the teacher gets the data fromthe user and analyses them for providing the necessarycatalogues. The managers control and monitor all of the statedactivities; whenever they face an inconsistency, they will rejectthe request and stop the process. All classes are recorded forbeing applicable in offline status. The reports of user andinstructor are deposited in the data base storage. Teacher canassess the students through the homework and the online exams.When the teacher finds that the student is able to upgrade thenthe message is sent to the manager and manager would certifystudent’s upgrade. The data flow diagram is illustrated in Figure3.As it is obvious, the proposed system is capable to cover allfunctions of a control system to facilitate the educational goalsvia web. Also because of applying security controls, the systemremains safe in the progress of user/ instructor interactions. Theadvantages of the proposed learning management systeminclude ease of use, being efficient from the security viewpoint,flexibility in choosing courses and teachers by students,availability, i.e. offline use is possible too, easy assessment,quick upgrade possibilities, simple monitoring system, andachievable implementation in any educational systems.IV. COMPUTER INTEGRATED FRAMEWORKHere, we design a computer integrated platform based on theproposed data flow diagrams. We divide the system to studentprofile, teacher profile and administrator profile. The descriptionof the platform is given in the following sections.
A. Student Platform
In this section of the system, each student has his own webpage as his profile. In his profile he finds his personalinformation as full name, entrance year, interests, researchgroup, user name, password, etc. Another item presented in thestudents' page is the courses. In this section the title of thecourses, names of the professors, and other information aboutcourses are presented. In offline class page a student can viewthe previous classes, which were recorded. Also, he can check the exam results. According to the time introduced in academiccalendar, the student can attend the online classes. Theconfigurations of the proposed platform for students arepresented in Figures 4 – 9.
B. Teacher Pages
In this section teachers can insert catalogues of newcourses that are viewed to students after administrator'sconfirmation. Different options and module are proposed for ateacher to insert a catalogue such as title, pre-courses,educational objectives, background, etc. Absent/present reportis another capability of the teacher profile. The configurationsof teacher section are shown in Figures 10 and 11.
This section helps to manage courses and modules of thesystem. Facilities such as submitting new course, editprevious submissions, omit course, active courses,online/offline courses, class activity report, student evaluationreport are presented. Another section for administrator is