One of the most important factors in determining the success of your online class, will be the platform which you deliver it on. Using a Learning Management System will help to organize your course and make your life much easier. The majority of online courses are managed on a Learning Management System such as Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard, or Schoology. Discover more about the instructor and student benefits of using a learning management system.
- [Voiceover] One of the most important factors in determining the success of your online course will be the platform which you deliver it on. It's possible to create a course and share course resources, assignments, updates, feedback and more without using a specific learning platform, but I don't recommend this. Using a Learning Management System will help to organize your course and make your life much easier. The majority of online courses are managed on learning management systems, such as Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard or Schoology. Before we get started, let's take a look at what a learning management system or LMS is.
Learning management systems are online platforms where teachers and students can collaborate in order to improve student achievement. They allow instructors to create an online course. They allow you to add assignments and resources that students can access from anywhere they have an internet connection and a device. Students can submit assignments on these platforms while instructors can grade them and deliver quick, high quality feedback. On the learning management system, instructors can communicate with a student in a number of ways, both as a group or individually.
Essentially, learning management systems allow teachers to organize and optimize their entire class process. For students, the learning management system allows them to access a course online. They can find the course syllabus, course objectives, as well as expectations and assignments, including due dates. They can find and use a wide variety of course resources and they can even turn in assignments and view up-to-date grades. Students can also use a learning management system to communicate and collaborate with their instructor and their classmates.
For both teacher and students, a learning management system can be used in and out of a classroom to help drive student achievement. They're a critical component of an online education, as you need some way to accomplish all of these tasks without ever meeting in person. Many educators are using learning management systems to push the bulk of learning to the student's responsibility, while allowing 24/7 access to the tools and resources necessary to be successful. This frees up time for the educator to engage with students and give high-quality feedback helping to personalize the learning experience and help all students reach levels of mastery.
Learning management systems also provide an excellent opportunity for students to improve their digital literacy skills at a time when these skills are becoming increasingly important. Let's go ahead and check out the look and layout of a few different learning management systems.
Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. He provides a framework for creating a digital classroom—with or without a learning management system—and guidance to get students interacting with the course material, the instructor, and each other. Collaboration is the key to making the learning experience more dynamic. Oliver also shows how to incorporate digital resources and the latest ed tech into your classroom, and make sure the lessons are accessible to students of all ability levels.
- What is online education?
- Why does online education succeed?
- Understanding learning management systems
- Incorporating technology in the classroom
- Setting guidelines and expectations about online courses
- Writing learning outcomes and learning objectives
- Sharing and curating files and resources
- Tracking student progress
- Engaging students
- Fostering communication
- Providing feedback
- Making learning accessible to students with disabilities