The challenging process of educating is in demanding need for solutions on how technology will change education. Society seems to be fascinated by the eruption of technological advancements in the educational field. The effects of technology in the classroom are related both to the teacher and student. Surveys have proved that students tend to be more motivated when they are taught using some means of technology.
Learning management System (LMS) or eLearning has resulted in a paradigm change in teaching systems. With its flexibility over location, time and cost, LMSs are a much more interactive method of teaching as they are more fun to students and ends up in saving the time and energy of an instructor.
With the evolution of more and more millennial (net generation) geeks in our society, education will also somehow shift towards eLearning and with this coming LMS are going to be the future of teaching.
Let’s have a closer look on what LMS is and what its basic uses are.
1. What is LMS?
LMS stands for Learning Management System. It can be analogically understood by
its three very terms:-
Learning – it helps one to deliver education courses and provide training.
Management – helps in the management of educational resources required for teaching.
System – a word used in place of software. LMS is a computer program.
Basically, an LMS is a powerful engine which helps us to manage and deliver eLearning courses. It is further made up of two components:
A database or a server which stores all the data and the content related to the course.
A user interface from which the user can just access all the data with just a single click of a mouse.
2. Who can use it?
Anyone! Oh! Yes. You read it correctly. LMS can be used by anyone. Anyone undergoing an online course (eLearning) is using LMS. It can be used by a school or a coaching institute to teach their students or a student sitting at home studying all by himself.
3. I’m an instructor. Will I be benefitted by using an LMS?
Yes, you will surely feel the advantage once you start using an LMS. An instructor can manage the contents of his course systematically and teach according to his convenience. He can have a track of the performance of his students and can get real-time alerts and notifications of the submission of assignments and homework.
4. Does LMS include some privacy issues?
No, a good LMS provides access to the system depending upon the type of user. The administrators (people configuring the LMS), the instructors (the ones setting up the course content) and the students (they are provided access to only the lessons and the learning part). So, there is no in which someone can break their way into the LMS and disturb the system.
5. Do learners too hold an edge?
LMS can be accessed from anywhere and practically, anytime as most of the LMSs works good on mobile and tablets so the students living in the most remote areas can access it even if they are offline. A Learning Management System also provides a student with interactive features like threaded discussions, video conferencing and discussion forums.
The uses of LMS aren’t limited. There are a number of uses which are unknown to most of us. Holding e-conference sessions where more than one student can participate is a proven boon in the area of education. Online whiteboard functionality where teachers and students can scribble their doubts and thoughts down also helps in getting most problems solved at lightning speed. One can sell the courses to anyone throughout the world as there is an option for online payment.
LMSs have offered more personalized and thorough learning experience that could never be achieved through traditional learning methods. Automation in education system will not only result in time and resource saving but will also lead to greater retention of information in students. Looking at the current scenario, we can come on a single conclusion that LMS are going to be the future of education industry.