E-learning Using LMS
A Learning Management System (LMS), is a special computer software designed to enable administration of training programs electronically. The LMS software acts as both a training and storage database that allows documentation, administration, reporting and facilitation of training materials. Most of the existing LMS’s in the modern world are web-based, which enables majority of consumers to access learning content from their different locations.
There are two main types of LMS’s namely, Educational LMS’s and Corporate LMS’s. Educational LMS’s are used by educational institutions to simplify teaching and enable these institutions offer trainings to a wider range of students. As the word suggests, corporate LMS’s are used by corporate institutions to enhance staff training, leading to an eventual staff performance appraisal.
The determinant of the main purpose of an LMS is the type of the LMS. Offering students a wide variety of content that would not have been easily accessible in a manual system of learning is the main purpose of an educational LMS. It also promotes self-learning thereby reducing the work-load of teachers who would otherwise have done all the teaching in a classroom setup.
Most corporate institutions employ the use of LMS’s during training of members of staff according to specific job requirements of their portfolios. Corporate companies also use this continuous training using LMS’s in managing their employees’ development, build appraisal platforms and carry out succession planning.
The use of LMS’s in today’s world has been made easy by the use of computers. The first step in using LMS’s is the creation of a software that matches specific requirements of the company that needs it. The institution must ensure that the created software has an interface that captures issues of registration, limited access of information and storage of information.
It is worth noting that restricted access of information is important since not all the materials in the LMS portal is intended to reach every consumer. After creation of the software, materials for learning are then uploaded on the LMS bearing in mind the needs of the students or consumers of the information. Both text and graphics may be uploaded in the LMS provided that they fit in the database.
The next phase in the use of the LMS involves the uploading of the LMS software in the internet. It is advantageous to have the created LMS software be web-based so that its users can access it at will from different places since access to the internet is not limited to a certain area. Passwords for accessing learning materials from the web-based LMS are then created for access by authorized people.
A trainer or facilitator may or may not be required in the use of an LMS depending on what learning materials have been uploaded on the LMS. It is notable that LMS’s make learning efficient and less time consuming hence yielding good results, whether a facilitator is involved or not.