How is an LMS useful to you and your educational institution?
What is an LMS or Learning Management System?
An LMS or Learning Management System is a program or an application that serves as a platform for managing learning-related processes in your educational institution, like a school or a college. An LMS handles everything from the administration of courses to onboarding of students to the delivery of evaluation. It is an end to end manager for all your learning management needs.
An LMS is useful in many ways – its effects extend far beyond the reach of its features and functions. Below is a detailed discussion of the features and functions of LMS and the consequent benefits and how.
What are some features and functions of an LMS?
LMS is beneficial in multiple ways and to all stakeholders in the educational ecosystem. This means that it takes over multiple learning processes – from administration of courses to evaluation, to delivery of training, to sharing of results with the student community in a personalised fashion. LMS’s enhance learning in multiple ways, but they’re easy to use nature and far-reaching impact make this a must-have for any educational institution worth their salt. The functions of an LMS are many and varied – it all depends on what the LMS you have chosen has to offer. Below are some features and functions of an LMS that detail how they take over some of these learning processes:
Administration of courses
The primary function of an LMS is the administration of courses, classes or training in an educational institution. An LMS helps with course allocation, sharing of course information with students, scheduling of classes or courses for students, and with the rollout of the actual courses.
Documentation of courses and training
A key part of learning is the documentation of course progress and course materials. An LMS is key to efficiently, easily and successfully ensuring this is done for every course, every batch, and every student year after year. An LMS makes it easy to keep an archive of how a course is progressing including administration of tests and homework, to also creating a repository of course materials that teachers can dip into for other courses or different batches easily. An LMS makes all these services easily accessible to all stakeholders from students to parents to management to administrative staff who would need to access this information.
Tracking of students taking courses
A lack of student engagement is one of the key reasons courses and therefore schools or colleges fail. A way to track engagement is to track student progress through the duration of the course. An LMS makes it easy to do so, in addition to also enabling teachers to track their attendance, class participation, performance on exams and homework. Being able to track these through the LMS on a continual basis means that early interventions can take place in case of any blockers, allowing for students to focus on their work and reach their full potential.
Evaluation of course learning
With every course, comes the necessity of evaluation to see if the course materials have been imbibed and learning has taken place. An LMS makes it easy to deploy exams to large swathes of students, even offer demarcations by course, batch, study group, etc.
Sharing of assessment to enhance learning
An LMS will not only allow you to set an exam and enable to students to take it within the platform, but also share immediate grades, report cards, comments, and any other evaluation forms the teacher may wish to share. This helps students and parents stay apprised of their growth and educational progress throughout the duration of the course.
Course scheduling and attendance tracking
An LMS is a boon when it comes to administrative tasks like scheduling students for the right courses and ensuring they stay on track for attendance. These are all process driven tasks that an LMS is perfectly capable of handling autonomously and perfectly.
A robust LMS like Fedena will be able to handle all of these functions and more. Choosing your LMS wisely is key to maximising the benefits you can get from it.
Whom does an LMS benefit?
An LMS is useful to every stakeholder in the educational ecosystem – from parents to teachers, to administration, to management. Since the LMS essentially takes over multiple processes that affect every stakeholder present in a school, they all benefit from it in one way or another. Below we discuss in detail how each of these stakeholders is benefited in different ways by the implementation of an LMS.
What are the benefits of an LMS?
Increased efficiency thanks to real-time responses from administrators
A key benefit of an LMS is the increased efficiency one will see across the board in your educational institution. Schools and colleges that work with an LMS see some process driven tasks entirely taken over by the LMS, and the paperwork burden for other tasks reduced. This means that stakeholders like administration staff are able to focus on providing attentive support to students in a more efficient fashion – the LMS is the tool they need to work perfectly.
Less pressure on teachers Teachers experiences less pressure to complete their allied duties when they are empowered by an LMS. An LMS will take over a large portion of the paperwork, day to day processing, admin tasks and facilitate easy and ongoing communication between parents and teachers as well as students and teachers. This means they are now empowered to work as a team to meet the student’s learning goals, thanks to LMS taking over some of these time-consuming tasks they were previously burdened with.
Increased cost-effectiveness for management In times of financial scarcity, an LMS is a very wise investment for management. An LMS is future ready and forward thinking – reducing pressure on teachers and bringing down labour costs by eliminating redundant roles. It also means more efficient working by existing employees, which means hours wasted doing pointless work are now productive – all thanks to the LMS!