Learning Management Systems (LMS) are known by various names; learning content management system (LCMS), virtual learning environment (VLE), virtual learning system (VLS), learning portal, including course management system (CMS) or e-learning platforms.
Education institutions implement LMS integrated software to support the development, assessment and administration of its curriculum, blending traditional in-person education with online interaction. A competent LMS relieves some pressure off an educational institution by planning, facilitation and monitoring student learning on its behalf.
LMS centralizes the information of a course including educational resources; making learning accessible 24/7. The LMS also tracks the students’ progress through their activities and the discussions that take place online through forums. This virtual classroom is an assemble platform where students can collaborate and share information on.
From a monitoring perspective, a LMS can administer all assessment activities – where a student takes their tests, submits assignments and receives grades. The system can store marks, input by the institution, and is able to use this data to generate reports on an individual’s progress. These reports enable teachers to detect patterns that might suggest how the student can be supported better. This monitoring process is conducted behind a virtual wall that is secure, private and accurate.
Whilst maintaining the integrity of their educational programs, institutions can rely on LMS’s to develop their courses, deliver instruction, provide a platform for communication, foster collaboration and monitor students. An effective LMS engages with students and facilitates their growth.
Each LMS performs different roles, dependent on the needs of the educational institution. Some LMS’s are content-centric, while others are centered on online engagement. A number of LMS’s can be accessed by mobile devices, others not. For an educational institution to implement a successful LMS, they must identify what features would benefit their students. For example, a discussion board tool would be advantageous to university demographic, whereas it wouldn’t be as positive in a high school environment.
Once a LMS has been implemented, the instructors and students must commit to it completely; it should be viewed as the quintessential learning tool of the educational institution. To ascertain whether a LMS is suitable for all intents and purposes, trial a Benchmark LMS free of charge for a period of 14 days.
Contact Benchmark LMS today on (02) 8214 8586 or via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss which LMS tools and features will benefit your educational institution.