Comparative Analyses of Learning Management Systems, 2019 Open Access

Ngobia, Grace (Spring 2019)

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Comparative Analyses of Learning Management Systems, 2019

Grace Ngobia


Africa bears a heavy disease burden, both communicable and non-communicable. Paired with shortages of well-trained, healthcare personnel caused the African Union (AU) to establish the Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC). A newly created institution, Africa CDC has the mission to serve and protect African citizens from communicable and non-communicable diseases by strengthening the capacities of National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs). To improve the public health workforce across the continent, Africa CDC proposed an innovative strategy and established an Institute for Workforce Development (IWD). In cooperation with Emory University, Africa CDC has conceived and implemented this IWD. This work compares learning management systems (LMS) to best inform the Africa CDC’s IWD.


Peer-reviewed and gray literature were reviewed using data searches with keywords refined by inclusion and exclusion criteria and informal meetings with project managers. Conducted to inform the selection processes and criteria, quantitative scaling and weighing evaluated a select group of LMS for recommendation. 


Canvas received a perfect total score of 60 and weighted total of six. Totara followed with a score of 58 and weighted score of 5.8. Open eDX received a score of 52 and weighted score of 5.2; Blackboard™ a score of 48 and weighted score of 4.8; Moodle received a score of 46 and weighted score of 4.6; and Sakai received a score of 42 and weighted score of 4.2. 


Outcomes of this comparative analyses revealed that Canvas directly addressed the prioritized and selected criteria. With this, the choice to incorporate Canvas as the LMS in the Africa CDC IWD would bring alignment with other global and esteemed academic institutions. Therefore, we recommend Canvas for the Africa CDC IWD.  

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1- Introduction

Chapter 2- Literature Review

I.African Disease Burden and Emergence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

II.Africa’s Healthcare Workforce

III.Africa CDC and the Institute for Workforce Development


V.Learning Management Systems

VI.LMS and e-Learning in Africa

    VII.Comparative Analyses

Chapter 3- Manuscript




SCORM Compliance.

    African Union Languages


    Long-term Management

    LTI Compliance


V.Discussion and Recommendation

VI.Limitations and Conclusions



     Evidence Table References

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