The whole Covid-19 crisis followed by a long lockdown has made some big changes in the structure and functioning of schools. Extended shutdown has a profound effect on student’s overall learning. It has compelled schools to confront technological shortcomings and adopt digital learning methods. As the situation is unpredictable and there seems to be a long time before everything gets back to normal, schools are realizing the importance of eLearning to continue uninterrupted flow of knowledge.
Distance learning has its own challenges that schools are trying to overcome. There are thousands of important things a school needs to manage at a time and shifting to an online learning system needs reliable support and time saving technologies. This is where an LMS (Learning Management System) is useful.
A Learning Management System for school makes everything comprehensive, personalized and enhanced through the use of virtual classrooms and multimedia content. It helps school acknowledge various administrative tasks, helps students, tracks their performance, facilitates parent -teacher communication and gives a centralized system for teachers to upload tasks with ease. LMS are innovative tools which schools and universities should not be without today.
There are some important points to keep in mind while choosing a LMS for your school. Following seven points will help you in understanding a LMS’s requisite features so that you can make an informed decision. Let’s discuss one by one:
1. Ensure user comfortability
If students are unable to work or understand a LMS well, they will not be able to use it to its full potential. Make sure your students find it comfortable. To guide them through the process, set up the following things:
– tutorial videos.
– chat or feedback option
– FAQ (frequently asked question) section
– help section
Keep updating and monitoring these sections, so that students can easily access the LMS.
2. Easy Monitoring of classroom activities
Getting involved in monitoring on regular basis helps you to improve course content. By checking individual and average time spent on course will help you identify student’s progress, where they are lacking and what their strength is. Make sure your LMS offers you these options.
Monitoring options should include:– Time spent on course or lesson.
– Student progress chart – Learning assessment and outcomes – Learner’s feedback
3. An attractive learning environment
If an online course looks dull and difficult to understand, it becomes difficult for students to learn and stick to it. Simple changes can do wonders like changing theme, colours, layout and fonts design according to the students. Focus on creating a vibrant and positive learning environment which students finds attractive. Everything should be such that it facilitates learning with ease. Multimedia content like, images, videos, and charts or graphs are something which make learning fun. Interactive content is mandatory to increase student’s engagement and retention. Keep a check on these features when choosing a LMS.
4. Unlock communication channels
LMS should offer students a dedicated communication channel like they have in a traditional classroom setup. This facilitates students to come up with their feedbacks and ideas and improves their overall learning experience.
Gamification is a better way for learning and encouraging students. Gamification creates an environment that is interactive, motivating, engaging and builds a spirit of healthy competition. For example: Creating quizzes puzzles, etc.
Check if your LMS allows you to incorporate gamification techniques and also offers badges or certificates to students after completion of the task. All these things encourage and motivate students.
Overloaded knowledge can cause damage as it can lower the morale of students by making them confused. Being unable to digest all the information at one time also leads to poor progress. You can ensure that your students stay on right track by applying the principle of Microlearning.
Microlearning is an educational approach that emphasizes presenting material in small specific sequences which are easily understandable.
Focus on delivering one learning objective at a particular time. Videos or simple graphics helps in digesting information easily. By doing so, you can ensure that knowledge is transferred and retained. Check this feature before you go for a LMS.
7. Student’s Personality Development
Learning is not limited to lessons and courses but also counts student’s self growth and personality development.
The LMS should be aligned in such a way that it offers students life lessons or encourages them to be a better individual. This can boost student’s confidence and improve their team playing and collaboration skills.
In the end remember that Learning Management System is an investment for future. With a plethora of available options, choose the one that meets your requirement and best meet your student’s needs.
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