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All You Need To Know About LMS

All You Need To Know About LMS

Introduction:

In today’s digital world, products and services are provided and delivered through online platforms. With this developing technology, even education has now become online. There are a lot of things that a trainer or a training institute needs to be managed for any training. Right from creating & delivering the course, to managing the enrolments, assessments, and various required reports. LMS is the best solution for such trainers and organizations so that managing things become easy and smooth.

What is LMS?

LMS stands for Learning Management System. A software that helps you to create, manage, organize, and deliver online learning materials to learners.  Learners can be school students, vocational training students, college students, university students, or employees within any type of organization. It helps in accessing learning materials on a device, predominantly across the internet. ISF’s Holistic Education Learning Management System (HELMS) is a learning management system and the only learning management platform you will ever need. HELMS is available in three innovative models: HELMS Virtual Institute, HELMS Distance Learning System, and HELMS E-Learning Platform. Each model has different features.

LMS Features:

  1. Digital Attendance: It has digital attendance capability for sending invitations and then measuring the attendance of the users.
  2. Detailed Feedback System: Get feedback from students about the services that you provide related study material, webinars, faculty, assignments, etc. The feedback system enables gathering various suggestions that can be useful to make improvements where needed and any other things that need to be added.
  3. Course Planner: You can easily create the course schedule, invite people, set deadlines and take the test to measure the effectiveness.
  4. Document Management System: Every Learning Management System should have a robust document management capability in order to upload all the important references for each course.
  5. Accessibility: The capability to manage and deliver the course content through various modes like  Desktop, tablet, and mobile phones can work well for any organization.
  6. Engagement: It has various modes of communication like chat, email, forums, and discussion boards to increase engagement among users.
  7. Social Learning: It has the capability of supporting informal training that can include collaborative methods to curate and deliver the course with the help of peers and mentors.
  8. Alerts: It is a very important aspect of any online platform and most Learning Management Systems have it. Automatic alerts and notifications to the learners and even to other stakeholders can help in improving the usage of the platform and promote more learning.
  9. White Label: The capability to white label the platform is one of the best things for the training institutions who are not willing to accept delivering the course on other brands.
  10. Reports: Reporting system helps to improvise the platform based on different parameters. eLearning companies, Content curators, and learners can easily understand the effectiveness of the content and analyze if there is a need for any modification to the current course modules.

Who Can Use LMS?

  • Schools – Schools can use LMS to monitor students' progress and performance in the course. It can also track their records, grades, submissions, and engagement with the course.  
  • Colleges – Colleges can maintain the integrity of their educational programs by enabling educators to effectively and efficiently develop courses, deliver instruction, facilitate communication, foster collaboration between students, assess student success, and provide other learning resources for support.
  • Individual Teachers – Individual teachers can use LMS to mark their student’s attendance, provide assignments and assess them, track their performance, etc.
  • Educational Institutes – LMS can be used for time management by scheduling classes in advance, without manual intervention. The teachers can now just organize lessons and upload them for each student to log in and get access through one common platform.
  • Coaching Classes – Coaching classes can use LMS for managing documents, videos, audio clips, photos, and multimedia presentations. LMS features can result in a very interactive educational curriculum, features like activity streams, discussion forums, and scoring systems, students can contribute to enriching each lesson.

     Advantages of LMS:

Data storage and safety

An LMS saves all data in one location and keeps it secure. The company can easily access this data to track performance and make business decisions. The advanced security protocol of this system makes sure that the data is safe. 

Organized Course Material

All the eLearning content of the course is stored in one place, making it easily accessible. This organization of data reduces the risk of losing important information. 

Unlimited Access to course material

The study material can be easily accessed by the learners anytime and anywhere from their device. LMS is compatible with other devices making it easier for learners to access it from anywhere. 

Tracking Performance

LMS enables tracking of the performance of the learners based on the data that it collects. The trainers can easily analyse and pinpoint areas where the performance needs improvement. Apart from this, trainers can also keep track of how impactful a particular subject in the course is and improvise it. 

Saves Time and Money

An LMS will help in saving the money that any business would invest in organizing lectures and training sessions for their employees. It will also save the time of traveling to a location for training, as it can easily be accessible from anywhere.  

Investing in a Learning Management System is the most effective way for a business to grow in the market and be resourceful. Training of employees will help in polishing their skills and give better results. While choosing an LMS, it is important to take a trial and see what works best for the business. An LMS can also be designed to fit the needs and goals of a business. Amongst the others, a Cloud-based LMS is the best option.  

Future of LMS

LMS platform is in high demand due to its various direct and indirect benefits. It is also evident that online mobile users have increased and people have started adapting online learning for their upgradation. It is evolving almost every day and there is something new to experience in terms of advancement in technology. There is still a huge capability for the technology platform to go further in terms of enhancement:

  • Automation to enhance the benefit of third-party integrations.
  • Optimizing the cloud platform to achieve the maximum benefit of it.
  • Could be possible to use and do the integration with technologies like AI, VR, etc?
  • Further use of a collaborative approach to increasing the user engagement

The Scope of LMS

There are a lot of dramatic changes going through in the LMS market. The increase in the online-based study, interactive classes, advancement in communication, and gamification all these technological changes have taken the education system to the next level. LMS has overall changed the learning experience.

1. Self-Paced Learning (SPL) :

Self-paced learning is that you can learn according to your own time and schedule at your own comfort. You get the freedom of completing and submitting the assignments when you want. It allows students, employees, and customers to learn at their own pace. It gives the learner control over the learning experience. It can be learning can be made available in a variety of formats, including eLearning courses, quizzes, webinars, gamified training, and discussions.

2. Distance Learning:

Distance learning is a way of teaching students online. In this, the lectures and the learning materials are stored and shared over the internet. The student is not required to be physically present in their classroom rather they can attend their lectures from anywhere. You have the flexibility to complete coursework on your time, allowing you to prioritize your career.

3. Career Progressive Program:

Career progressive programs are the steps one takes to keep moving forward in a professional career.  It is a roadmap for professional development. It helps in the planning of how to achieve your goals.  The path provides an ongoing mechanism to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Conclusion:

Today, it is an important face for the institution as it evolves into a primary access point for students’ course material and interactions. LMS delivers all requirements that e-learning demand. Overall LMS makes learning effective and systematic manner. The future LMS must be agile and integrated.

Date: 31 October 2022