Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Standard LMS features, part of Learning Management Systems (LMS) Quick Start.
As we start the process of selecting an LMS, it's a good idea to know what is standard for most learning management systems, and what's sets them apart. Already, we've explored how certain systems are better suited for certain audiences. But audience aside, let's look at what features make an lms functional as a learning tool. In this video, we're going to review the basic features that most lms systems have. Every LMS needs to have three foundational parts to make it an LMS. The first thing is that it needs to manage the learning content, later on we'll talk about exactly what aspects of the learning should be managed.
The LMS is accessed by different people in the organization, and so people's roles need to be set as either an instructor, or a learner. And the functions of the LMS should change based on the role assigned to the user. And finally, the LMS should deliver the learning content. It creates the digital place where learners access the content and move through the learning process. When it comes to the instructors, there's some basic features that should be in place. First and foremost, it needs to allow for course management. This means the instructors can build their course as they see fit. Most LMSes will have parameters of how the instructor can build their courses.
But overall, the LMS should be able to accommodate the unique teaching styles of all the different instructors. Furthermore, it should allow them to share resources. One of the most tedious jobs of teaching can be printing off packets of papers for your students. If I have the ability to upload that as a digital file, and allow my students to access it online, then I the instructor don't have to waste resources and also students can access that content online easily from any location. And finally it should also track the learner progress. This allows instructor to go into the LMS, find which students need additional help and resources, and to focus their attentions on making sure everyone in the class is successful.
When it comes to the learners the most basic feature of the LMS should help them find their learning goals. It should communicate what are they learning, and why are they learning it. Our learner should also access the learning content through the LMS, this creates a single point where they can log on, and find everything they need to be successful in a particular course. And finally, our learners should also be able to track their learning progress, to find the areas of the course they're struggling in, and know where they need to put their attention. All of these features will make up the base foundations of most learning management systems. Now in addition to these features, there's some advance features that will set learning managed systems apart, and make them more appropriate for certain audiences.
In the next video, we'll dive into those advanced features.
- Looking at standard and advanced LMS features
- Understanding learning needs
- Creating an online library
- Grading online
- Enrolling students