In the age of globalization, we are witnessing a real revolution in new technologies and digitalization. Thus, several companies use these technologies to reinvent themselves and assemble their various projects. It is to achieve your various goals that the software has been implemented to simplify your task. Among them you have the LMS or Learning Management System. Discover here the different advantages of this software.
What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?
An LMS is software that helps you design educational materials online. Allows you to analyze and share the results obtained by a target audience.
Thus, the LMS (Learning Management System) is divided into two parts. The first is reserved for the user, allowing him to see and use the tool created by the manager. He can use it from his computer.
The other is dedicated to the manager and allows him to manage and prepare the training material. The LMS also assists in the analysis of reports that it deems relevant.
In addition, the features of the software allow the training organizer to update the information and tools used. On the participant’s side, the LMS helps ensure that they have access to training anytime, anywhere. It also allows them to learn independently.
If you work in distance education, franchise expansion, in the HR department of an industry or, in some way, produce educational content for the internet, you have probably come across the acronym “LMS” or the term “Platform LMS”. But what exactly is it? Is it a product or is it a service? What is its use and what problems does it propose to solve?
LMS is the abbreviation for Learning Management System , which, in Portuguese, means Learning Management System , and consists of software that organizes materials, content and professional educational activities, building a course on an online distance learning platform. The program is responsible for making this database available in an intuitive and efficient way so that the final audience – such as an employee, a franchisee, customer, student, etc. – can easily access, interact and learn from the subjects available in each class.
How can my company benefit from this?
The world of corporate education is full of challenges. In addition to developing training and materials to share knowledge with employees, there is also a need to keep these employees motivated, attentive and interested in really learning the subjects necessary for their and the company’s development. This process, therefore, goes beyond the act of “teaching”, becoming a sharing of experiences and knowledge.
So, a company concerned with maintaining the quality of its services, products and processes, even in constant expansion, must look for increasingly effective alternatives to keep its teams up to date and at a high level of work and commitment. The LMS is a great ally in this regard, solving several bottlenecks that can arise in training processes, such as:
- Lack of instructors;
- Mismatch of information;
- Lack of process standardization;
- Limited budget for travel;
- Limited time of the professionals involved.
Another very interesting factor is that some systems can be molded and personalized with the identity of your company. Therefore, when the user/student accesses the LMS platform, he sees your brand and your colors, not Scaffold’s, for example. It becomes, in fact, your own training and content portal for your business.
human factor present
In addition to making content and activities available, the LMS must also offer the student a broad platform to delve into the topics in which he is most interested or in which he has questions, ensuring easy and direct contact with facilitators/teachers as well as interaction with colleagues through of comments and discussion threads. If your concern is the commitment to the distance course, the software also generates, for example, reports that allow you to see the student’s presence and their performance during the trails and the proposed exercises.
All this ensures that the LMS is not limited by distance. All its aspects are interconnected with the aim of allowing the human factor to be absolutely present during the experience. This way, you make sure that your students/users, whether they are newly hired employees, new franchisees or customers who need to learn how to use your products, will feel the integrity and competence of the entire process
How to set it up for your school or training?
LMS is a commonly used solution in the e-learning process. So, to install an Learning Management for your training, you need to follow several steps.
First, as an administrator, you will have to think about the different educational goals that must be achieved. This process involves assessing students’ needs in terms of learning tools.
The second step is choosing learning modules to share with students. They must be effective and attract attention. You will then need to make a choice on the LMS platform to host the training. It must be well structured and available in several supports.
Finally, the last step will be to create content that is good enough to help users improve in the boot camp. It is normally in this context that the administrator may turn to a digital learning consultancy agency .
Such an agency can help take a step back in terms of strategy, pedagogy and digital learning in general.
Examples of LMS: Software and Platforms
The big difference between LMS platforms is that some are open source and other solutions are “proprietary”.
Among the most popular LMS platforms, there are, for example, Latitude Apprenticeship , which is a sector software that allows direct training in companies. Thus, it offers the possibility to create and organize the contents. Students can be placed in various groups.
Another example of an LMS platform is braincert . In fact, it is suitable for schools, universities and also companies. It is a platform that offers several training tools and allows the popularization of online courses.
Other software like Moodle, SAP Litmos and Talent LMS allow a good execution of online training.
How to create your own LMS with asp.net?
To be exhaustive on the subject, note that you might as well, if you have the computer skills, develop your own learning system.
St. Cloud State University in Minnesota offers a free online document to do this, relying on C#, ASP.Net and SQL SERVER .
On the other hand, you won’t have the same learning curve (ease of learning) as with a more successful solution in terms of design and user experience. It can be a very good educational project, but ultimately a weaker tool than the previous options discussed in the previous paragraphs