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What Can An LMS Do For You?


Former editor of Training and Development Magazine, Donna J. Abernathy stated, “Online learning is not the next big thing; it is the now big thing”.

Modern LMS aka e-Learning

The Modern LMS

 The Learning Management System (LMS)

Learning Management System (LMS)

Learning Management System (LMS)

LMS an the acronym for Learning Management System, which one of several forms of e-Learning that can be used to deliver courses. To put it simply, it’s an “organizer” designed for the processes involved in online classes or training programs. That includes everything from management and record-keeping to the ability to monitor, report and distribute the course successfully for end-users (i.e. students, trainees, etc.). LMS’s are implemented more often than not, on behalf of professors, human resource representatives, healthcare professionals, etc. Nonetheless, the convenient ability to curate personalized courses and programs through a web-based environment has made Learning Management Systems incredibly valuable and popular to use for people, everywhere. In fact, it’s very likely that you or someone you know has benefited an LMS at some point or another, already.

The use of the modern LMS has both simplified learning and training processes, while simultaneously creating an avenue for more efficient collaboration and communication from both an administrative and end-user (i.e. student, trainee, etc.) perspective. For those who work 9 to 5 jobs throughout the week, it also presents the opportunity to study without the traditional constraints of a classroom and its often rigid schedule.

Many people may want to learn to code, but can’t afford the effort of going to a class twice a week and learning at a pace set by the instructor. With e-learning (LMS, etc.) courses, you can go at your own pace and work on your skills with whatever time your schedule allows. If you want to learn to code, get into the finance game or simply gain a better understanding of Microsoft Office, there’s nothing stopping you as long as you have a computer” (Business Insider, Nov. 2015).

So both freedom and flexibility, physically and financially, are major selling points for the modern LMS end-user.

 

Many LMS or e-Learning systems include special features that are highly beneficial for end-users:

LMs Features

LMS Features

  • Communication support including announcements, threaded discussion forums, blogs, live streams, web conferences, chat and private messages
  • The ability to create fully online courses, as well as “blended learning” courses in which the online content supplements an in-person class
  • The ability to add multimedia including audio, video, interactive e-Learning modules and more
  • Activity reports, along with tracking tools to monitor students progress & performance
  • The option to allow students to submit multimedia (audio, video, etc.) assignments

 

Impact on Organizations

The landscape of education has changed drastically over the years and it continues to do so, through the use of the LMS (Learning Management System). Organizations, including both businesses and universities have leveraged the use of these applications in order to provide a digital, and more recently a mobile-responsive space, for the administering, tracking, reporting, documentation and above all else, the distribution of learning materials.

Businesses of all varieties have seen the LMS as a cost-effective solution for training employees in-house. In fact one business report has already indicated that, “A massive 96 percent agreed that ongoing education had a positive effect on job performance, and 78 percent factored learning into growth and promotional equations. And, as far as salary potential goes, 87 percent considered ongoing education as a factor for compensation. Mature businesses are leading the charge. It’s true large companies spend less per employee, but they’re also better at extending e-learning (including LMS’s) so it has the widest reach possible. Taking a page from these larger organizations and increasing e-learning (LMS, etc.) reach gives businesses the most bang for their training buck” (Chief Learning Officer, Dec. 2015). When you consider this combined with the time constraints that are faced by most budget and planning departments, the opportunity a single LMS application presents by cutting down potential costs – practical and paperless productivity – and increasing the value (knowledge, skills, etc.) of employees to corporations, is fairly enormous.

Schools that are guiding their students through curriculum’s of all varieties have increasingly turned to the LMS as a option for students seeking digital complements or complete alternatives to traditional instruction. As Mark West, a mobile learning specialist for UNESCO explained, “Virtual learning is a portal into educational opportunities that, frankly, hadn’t existed before, and some of those opportunities – if you can afford the broadband connection and the hardware to use that connection – are free. For really self-motivated learners, it’s remarkable.” Furthermore, “So far, 19 African countries have signed a charter that establishes the AVU (African Virtual University) as an intergovernmental organization and the AU has prioritized virtual learning in its long-term development strategy” (The Guardian, May 2015).

LMS

LMS

A Learning Management System can be designed to cover a wide range of course types. However, the structure and design layout of the LMS may be dependent on the subject matter being facilitated. Some examples of the types of courses that can be created within an LMS right here at our home in the University of South Florida include the following:

 

 

Whether you’re interested in studying to become a strong candidate for a degree, a lifelong learner or a professional who needs to fine-tune your skills for the job, it’s very likely that an LMS will have an answer.

 

 

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