A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, automation and delivery of educational courses, training programs, or learning and development programs.
The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way the education sector operates across the world. According to The World Economic Forum, the disruption is giving educators time to rethink and in a world where knowledge is a mouse-click away, the role of the educator must change too.
What should a Learning Management System have?
Managing courses, Users, and Role
LMS may be used to create professionally structured course content. The teacher can add, text, images, videos, pdfs, tables, links and text formatting, interactive tests, slideshows etc.
An LMS can enable instructors to create automated assessments and assignments for learners, which are accessible and submitted online.
Teachers may create discussion groups to allow students feedback, share their knowledge on topics and increase the interaction in course.
Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning
Students can either learn asynchronously through course content such as pre-recorded videos, PDF, (Sharable Content Object) or they can undertake synchronous learning through mediums such as Webinars.
Learning management systems will often incorporate dashboards to track student or user progress. They can then report on key items such as completion rates, attendance data and success likelihood.