- March 18, 2020
- Posted by: Elias Kinyua
- Categories: eLearning, LMS
Learning Management Systems are platforms used to administer, track, report, and document the delivery of your eLearning programs. A number of LMS support real-time learning, self-paced learning and a blended learning approach while providing an option for mobile and offline learning. Having great content is only part of the process. The LMS needs to be optimized for learner engagement which can greatly be influenced by user experience, learner confidence, and interactivity provided by the LMS which fosters collaboration among learners, encouraging them to work together through peer and social learning.
Ensure you take into account the following before implementing your eLearning platform.
- The learning needs of your audience and their preferred means of learning before implementing an eLearning platform.
- Mobile learning and LMS accessibility. Demand for mobile learning (mLearning) is continuously growing. For an effective eLearning program, ensure your eLearning platform can easily be accessed by learners through their mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.
- An intuitive user interface. The platform’s interface should be easy to navigate for the learners and learning facilitators.
- Content authoring – Implement an LMS which offers the right content creation and publishing options to fit your needs. Some LMS allow the creation of content within the system hence eliminating the need for third-party courseware authoring tools. However, selecting the best option for developing your content will be influenced by the nature of the content and the level of interactivity desired for your online courses. The eLearning platform should also offer the option for uploading content developed using third-party tools.
- Compliance – Make sure the Learning management system supports the latest eLearning standards such as xAPI and SCORM. This will go a great way when it comes to reporting and uploading content from third-party courseware authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Lectora and many others.
- Social learning tools for promoting interaction and participation among the learners and encouraging peer learning.
- Integration with third-party tools for enhancing productivity.
- Automated reporting and monitoring features. This will help the learning administrators/facilitators monitor and keep track of learners and generate customized reports for the remote learning activities.
- Communication and learner support – Availability of multiple ways on how learners can get in touch with the learning facilitators in case they need help. This may be through emails, messaging apps, and video/audio calls.
Most LMSs, like Moodle, offer a wide range of tools and activities that enhance communication and enable engagement and collaboration among the learners. Some of these features include: Assessment tools (assignments, quizzes, workshops,), communication tools (chats/messaging, announcement and notifications) collaboration tools (discussion forums, feedback), wikis, groceries and many more.