What are the advantages of using an LMS? Would an LMS make the institution attractive to students and faculty?
These are some of the questions that this post will try to answer thus providing compelling reasons to implement an LMS either open source or licensed in the institution.
Let’s look at the reasons for implementing an LMS in an institution of higher education.
Technology’s prevalence in today’s world is changing the way we do everything, including how we learn. We are interested in getting information that’s apt for our needs and customized for our consumption. We all learn in different ways and technologies capabilities allow for the distribution of learning that can be modified to suit these diverse needs. Considering all that technology is bringing to the table, our traditional methods of teaching that have stood the test of time are now changing. The models that existed in the past can now be bettered with the inclusion of technology in the way learning delivery is implemented. In this space, specifically for the higher education domain is the Learning Management System. An online application that allows students, faculty and administrators / managements with the capabilities to reach every student and ensure that learning happens efficiently and is measurable.
Byte sized learning is the way most of us learn, consuming information to understand and assimilate in small chunks, before moving on to the next chunk. The most common example are videos on YouTube that provide information on the phone we use to the toys we play with, where someone explains the intricacies in a video format and we learn from these videos. Most, if not all, of these videos are not more than 5 minutes in length, thereby ensuring our attention is not lost. The videos on YouTube can be related and unrelated to learning and LMS can provide means to select and curate these videos and deliver them to the learner population thereby ensuring relevance to what is being taught.
With all this happening, this is a good time for your institution to go online and provide content and courses through an efficient application such as an LMS. The LMS will allow institutions to manage, deliver and track learner interaction with content/curriculum that is measurable and thereby allow institutions to take effective action, as needed, where students are not doing so well. Identifying reasons for students who are facing difficulties is easier as also setting corrective action through the LMS.
Listed below are some of the benefits of implementing an LMS for your institution by various user groups.
Benefits to Management
- Improved institution ranking due to improved results and student engagement
- Reduced costs as course assets can be created once and used multiple times
- Placement activities such as tests, course material
- Additional loads on faculties and students can be removed as LMS provides efficiency in activities such as evaluations
- Identify “at-risk” students at an institutional level
- Efficient use of institution infrastructure such as classes, labs without need for coordination
Benefits to Faculty
- Syllabus can be put up on LMS and can be re-used and modified with little effort
- Asset creation can be shared with faculty across multiple campuses or streams
- Pulling assets from a central repository for online course development
- Provide feedback to students, nearly instantaneously
- Ensure exams paper security as it is online and can be released at exam time
- Extra classes can be provided online even outside the campus / remote location
- Provide experiments, case studies for students to take observations and ensure efficient learning
- Plagiarism checker prevents students from copying
Benefits to Students
- Course curriculum completely online, download course material as needed
- Get instant feedback on tests, quizzes etc
- Link to peers online and share information both synchronously and asynchronously
- Check LMS for notes on classes that were missed
- Assignment information available online
- Send questions / chat with faculty at any time
- Build e-portfolio of work done in the institution
In my experience with Higher Education institutions, most institutions have a Moodle or home grown LMS that is used sparsely, if at all. The problem with such implementations is not the technology but the functional and user behaviour expertise that is required to make the LMS implementation successful.
Work with an organization that can provide the necessary expertise and services in not only technology implementations but also in how effectively LMS can be used within an institution. Talk to us (www.ingegno.in) at firstname.lastname@example.org and set up a no-obligation discussion on your LMS implementation.