In this study, 59 SSCI-indexed articles published between 2012 and 2017 in the Web of Science database were analyzed by systematic review, identified by the keywords “Learning Management Systems / LMS” in their titles. This study aims to determine the current situation and future trends in using LMSs as one of the tools that are getting increasingly popular both in blended and online environments. Accordingly, our study has revealed that the highest number of the articles were published in 2016, Moodle is the most popular LMS, the open-source LMSs are preferred over other types, LMSs are most often used to measure success, South Korea and the United States (US) are the pioneering countries in this field, the quantitative method and questionnaire tool are the preferred methodological approaches in the LMS scientific research, students are more likely to be selected as a sample group, with the 0-100 range as the most common sample size, and that the technology acceptance model (TAM) is the most frequently used model. The findings are visualized with tables, graphs and maps. The study is concluded with some suggestions for researchers and higher education institutions.
Learning management systems, blended education, online education, open and distance learning, systematic review.