Learning doesn’t only happen inside the four walls. Thanks to eLearning, there is more to learning beyond the classrooms.
With technological developments, extensive use of digital media content and changing needs of modern learners, traditional classroom-based learning approach requires a rethink. Considering the situation’s demand; schools, colleges, and universities have now adopted the trend of online learning and are effectively using new generation learning management systems to provide a differentiated learning experience to their students.
By investing in eLearning technology, educators are enabling teachers to deliver personalized learning experiences and connect with every individual student. Such practices enable teachers to use technology to make informed instructional strategies, and improve learning outcomes. It has been observed that teachers who are equipped with LMS or Online Learning Platforms, can build a great learning experience that complements the classroom delivery, and enables them to be more productivity by leveraging technology to take care of the more mundane tasks of keeping students on track, or grading formative quiz-style assessments.
Usefulness of LMS in education
Since LMS or Learning Management Systems are primarily designed for learning delivery, assessment, reflection and building engagement among students, teachers love to use an Online Learning Platform for creating, delivering, and managing their content as well as collecting assessment evidence and providing rich feedback to learners. The cloud-based eLearning platforms are not only trustworthy but can also speed up the overall learning process, ensuring better productivity and alignment with curriculum standards and pedagogical approaches .
Today, online learning platforms or learning management systems are not just limited to higher education, but are making an impact in the K-12 space too.
"As a school looking to replace a more traditional VLE we invited more than 16 vendors to demonstrate their products to us. The field was very quickly narrowed down to three, and discussions were plentiful. In the end, the clear winner was ‘Teamie’. The concise, friendly, and familiar newsfeed offered opportunities for clear information and discussion, and small, but important features such as locking a post opened up ideas for formative assessment practices.
Since making the decision – the rightness of our choice of Teamie has been confirmed in many ways. Never have I encountered a support team so responsive and so willing to build their product to match the aims and philosophy of the individual school. Many ‘minor changes’ that other vendors may have said was impossible, or costly, have been quietly made to our installation to match with our stated mission as a Lasallian International School."
Trevor Hughes, Assistant Principal
St. Joseph's Institution International School
How is LMS empowering teachers to deliver effective learning?
Content creation and curation is easier – Using a learning management system, teachers can easily add multimedia content to their online lessons just by dragging and dropping resources or embedding content from the web or other applications. From online quizzes to subjective assignments, teachers can leverage different assessment features as per the needs of the students and the course. The best thing is teachers don’t need to be tech savvy or know any coding or graphic designing skills to create the online content.
Teachers use several 3rd party applications as learning resources or engagement activities, and instead of asking students to go to several different applications to complete their learning journey, teachers can now embed the learning resources from the web or other sources into a modern LMS.
Assessments & Grading can be quicker and richer –
With an online learning platform or LMS, teachers can create different types of assessment activities. Certain assessment activities such as quizzes which have multiple-choice or matching or fill in the blank type questions can be automatically assessed without requiring the teacher to spend hours grading such assessments. This is a great time saver, and enables teachers to create more knowledge checks and formative assessments to better understand how well the students are understanding the content.
Apart from quizzes, teachers can use the LMS to collect assessments that are subjective in nature, and require students to submit documents or videos. Good LMS platforms will enable teachers to create rubrics that will help them grade the student work using the rubric and give rich feedback to students using text or audio comments.
Learning Analytics to improve learning outcomes
The one aspect that has the biggest impact on the teaching experience is the analytics that can be provided to teachers to make informed instructional strategies based on the student performance and participation in the learning process.
A good LMS will provide both performance and participation metrics. Knowing how a student has scored, which questions are easy or tough, which learning standards are students struggling with is as important as knowing if a student has completed the activities, are they submitting their work on time, are they spending the right amount of time needed to complete the learning tasks.
The key to good analytics is to keep it simple and actionable. An LMS with good analytics enables a personalised and differentiated learning approach that significantly improves learner engagement and outcomes.
If you’re interested in incorporating an LMS for your school or college, feel free to contact us and get a demo of our collaborative and personalised learning platform.
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