All LMS offer a feature that allows the lecturer to make documents available to the students enrolled in the course. These documents can be of various electronic formats (word processing, spreadsheets, audio, video, web pages, etc) and can be arranged in folders and labelled with headings. The lecturer can control details like the availability of documents on a time basis. The documents can contain details on course formalities, lecture material, assignment specifications or any other material.
Providing documents electronically gives all students access to course material in a timely and location independent fashion. The lecturer does not need to print the material, distribute it to individual students or deal with students who have lost their copies. As access is restricted to students enrolled in the course the material is protected from unauthorised access.
There are no inherent disadvantages.