Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use an LMS?, part of Learning Management System (LMS) Fundamentals.
As you start exploring whether or not an LMS is right for you and your organization, it's important to keep in mind all of the ways that an LMS can be utilized. Now, typically most of us think of a school when we think of a learning management system. That there's students in a school and those students have certain learning goals that need to be managed, and the LMS can definitely help us manage those goals. However, we've also seen an increase in the number of businesses that use a learning management system as well. For example, if you're an organization that has a new software, you may want to train your employees how to use the software, and your employees may be all over the world.
Will the learning management system allows you to centralize the learning, and then disseminate the learning to whatever employees needed? Another way we're seeing LMSes utilized in the corporate world is through compliance training. If we have employees that need specific training for their certain industry, the LMS can not only disseminate the training, it can also track the progress of the training. Let's explore all of the ways that we can use a learning management system. The first way, which is most common, is through online learning. The LMS is going to allow us to create a digital website where we can upload a variety of learning materials, whether they're resources, quizzes, or even the syllabus for the learning goals that we have.
Students can then access that material online. But one thing an LMS also does, which is really valuable, is it tracks the learning progress. The learners can not only log on and see what they've learned, they can also see what they need to learn. A lot of LMSes, and we'll take a look at this in a later video, also gives the ability to build incentives and rewards in the tracking learning progress. For example, in some LMSes, the learners can earn badges when they've accomplished certain tasks. The LMS also gives us a variety of digital learning tools. Whether we’re integrating video or even interactive learning modules, the LMS can handle all of those packages built straight into it.
The LMS typically gives us the ability to create quizzes so that we can also test the learners for proficiency. Another valuable tool is the LMS can help manage learner communication. Often you've got instructors that need to communicate with their learners and that can be really challenging if everyone's sending emails. And maybe some of the learners have questions that would benefit the rest of the class. Things such as building discussion boards allow this communication to flow in a way that's going to benefit all of the learners that are utilizing the LMS and help save time for instructors. And finally, sometimes we have training that's valuable and we want to sell that training to other people.
Many of the LMSes available today have built-in filters to allow us to sell the content or sell the courses that we create through that LMS. We'll take a look at selling content in a later video. Now that we've explored a little bit about what an LMS can do for us, let's go ahead and dive in to selecting the LMS and take a look at some of the LMSes available.
- Looking at standard and advanced LMS features
- Understanding learning needs
- Creating an online library
- Grading online
- Enrolling students