Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video What is an LMS?, part of Learning Management System (LMS) Fundamentals.
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Let's get started by exploring exactly what a Learning Management System, or LMS, is. It's essentially a digital learning environment, and it manages all of the aspects of the learning process. Inside of the LMS, you're going to communicate your learning objectives. You're going to also organize the learning timelines, and tell the learners exactly what they need to learn, and when. The real power of the LMS is it's also going to give you the ability to deliver the learning content straight to the learners themselves. Many LMS's have built-in assessment and tracking, so that the learner can not only see their progress, but you, the instructor, also have the ability to communicate the effectiveness of learning back to the learner themselves.
And that brings us to this communication piece. One of the most powerful things that an LMS can do and is often overlooked is its ability to create streamline communication between instructors and learners. We'll dive into communication a lot more in depth later on in this course. And finally, the LMS allows you to provide ongoing resources. Often the learning process is not a static moment in time and the learners need to have access to the learning well beyond the training. Now there's several key players in an LMS. And that's the instructors and the learners. Now while I group these two distinctions, each one of these distinctions can have multiple levels themselves.
For example, on the instructor side, you might actually have an administrator and a teacher or a director and then instructors. And the LMS might have different functions and roles for each level. But regardless of the title and the role, the instructors are the ones adding content. There are also the ones facilitating the learning, they're creating a learning environment and understanding the outcomes that should come from that learning. And they're also sharing the progress of the learners, they are the ones essentially controlling the LMS. On the learners' side, learners are going to use the LMS to access the content.
Whether they're watching videos online that are inside the LMS, or simply finding the syllabus online, they're still going to go to the LMS to figure out what they need to learn and when. They're also going to follow learning paths that are built into the LMS. Often our learning is scaffolded. So we need to have foundational knowledge before we move to the next step. The LMS is going to help organize these learning paths and help the learners understand exactly what they should be learning and when. And finally, they're going to use the LMS to contact their instructors. Not only do some LMS's have chat-like features, where you can literally chat with your instructors in real time, most LMS's give you the ability to rate your instructors, or rate what you thought of an assignment.
This feedback, from learner to instructor, can really help shape not only the current learning session, but also future sessions you may use the LMS for. Now throughout this video I've talked a lot about some learning management systems. THere is a lot of systems out there, and not every system is going to accommodate every single one of these rules. Throughout the rest of this course we'll start talking about certain LMS's, and what roles and functions that LMS performs, for certain learning environments. Whether you are a K-12 teacher, a college instructor, or a corporate trainer. There's a learning management system that can accommodate the functions and activities that you need inside of the LMS.
- Looking at standard and advanced LMS features
- Understanding learning needs
- Creating an online library
- Grading online
- Enrolling students