Review: Learning Management Systems (LMSs)

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Institutional leaders have realized that for employees to function optimally, learning must be continuous, and choosing suitable Learning Management Systems can help achieve this goal.

In this review, we will know what LMSs are, their functions, purposes, features, and benefits.

A Learning Management System also called LMS for short is referred to as an online system, a technology made for the web or a software application that is used to create, track, administer, access, and deliver training programs, educational programs, and courses.

LMS is the umbrella where e-learning sprung from. Its concept is derived directly from e-learning.

LMSs are not only known for content or courses delivery but have other functionalities which include; Handling of course registration, course administration and it also suggests courses to learners according to their listed skill.

Learning Management Systems also serves as a tool that improves classroom learning in educational institutes and leading companies.

For companies, some LMSs include performance management systems that enable employers to appraise employees and analyze the gap found in employees’ skills.

Think of LMS as a technology made to improve learning, makes learning faster, productive, cost-effective, and trackable.

Now that we have talked about the definitions of a Learning Management System (LMS), let’s also know its purpose.

A Learning Management System improves or enhances the learning process by delivering and also managing all types of learning content which include; documents, videos, and courses.

It has a wide range of functionality that enhances learning methodologies.

What are the features of LMS?

Some features are seen in Learning Management Systems and they include:

  • Management of users, courses, roles, and report generation –  This helps in uploading different courses, assign roles and generate reports from activities.
  • Helps in the management of course activities by creating course calendars.
  • Reminds trainers or instructors of future events or training.
  • Helps in the records or reports of learner’s progress and performance while offering certificates to those who have completed their learning on the system.
  • It also tracks the learner’s competence and matches it with business goals.
  • It gives room for Synchronous and Asynchronous learning.
  • Enables user feedback

Do LMSs have benefits? Well, let us find out.

The use of a Learning Management System can be beneficial to institutions.

One amazing benefit of using LMSs is the Flexibility of Learning. Different learning procedures can be employed for a variety of students.

Also, Learning content is easily accessible from anywhere using any kind of electronic device.

With LMS, a learner can get different learning materials from various sources and it can also provide a progress report of each unique user.

A major challenge associated with LMS is that Instructors should be willing to change from delivering face-to-face lectures to online lectures.

Every organization can choose a suitable LMS by considering these factors;

  • Adaptability.
  • Results.
  • How accessible and user-friendly it can be.
  • Can enable effective training.

Conclusively, Institutions should look out for LMSs that are built to serve future purposes. It is not wrong to study the description of the product and the company where it came from to be able to make better decisions on which LMS should be used for learning.

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