What is Learning Management System (LMS)?

The ideal LMS allows a training organization to deliver educational courses effectively, giving students and instructors access to classes, learning materials, assessments, progress, certificates, etc. Although it has similar features to a student management system, its scope is limited to the learning process and does not usually include features such as compliance reporting or automation.

Essentials for your Learning Management System

A Learning Management System is an online portal for classrooms, with facilities for instructors and students to view assignments, grades, and access learning materials. LMSs are ideal for training organizations offering short e-learning courses, or microcredentials, some of which are even capable of offering full courses.

Student management is complex, requiring a comprehensive system to cover everything. In addition to capturing the critical contact data you need as a CRM, your LMS should enhance the student experience and support the learning journey from prospective to graduate.

1. Course Content

An LMS will allow you to create professional and structured course material that is engaging and intuitive to both instructors and students. Therefore, ensuring that your RTO can easily monitor, track and manage this course material and student progress is essential.

2. Assessment:

Rich, engaging and aesthetically pleasing assessment will be at the core of furthering the student’s progress. An LMS that allows the creation of assessment modes with different types of questions and formats will make the process more simple and rewarding.

3. Mapping

When using online assessments, mapping should be simple and systematic. Taking assessments for competency training components and unit criteria is one of the most effective things you can do to save time on compliance.

Viewing assessment question content against criteria can help build mapping relationships and provide direct visual feedback about elements such as the number of components mapped to each assessment criterion or question.

4. Online Enrollment

With a large proportion of potential students researching their courses online, the opportunity to capture and enroll these students is important. Online enrollment facilitates this by capturing the essential and relevant data required of your RTO for AVETMISS compliance, ensuring a seamless student experience. An advanced learning management system will integrate with your student management system to keep consistent student records and prevent duplicate information.

5. Integrated e-learning

Intelligent e-learning integration is a must for any RTO, you don’t want your LMS to put constraints on the systems and content you have already developed. Instead, you want your LMS to ensure that any external systems and software can be connected with SCORM/xAPI-compliant e-learning or payment gateways such as e WAY, Ezypay and SqID with sophistication and ease.

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6. Learning Plan

Learning plans help guide the learning journey by detailing clear, identifiable goals and outcomes. Your instructors will be able to directly measure progress, promote student success, and manage progress at their own pace. An LMS that allows you to establish rules, dependencies and prerequisites for learning and assessment in each learning module is of incredible value. Therefore, a combination of self-driven and schedule-based progression will ensure that learners stay on the right track.

7. Task-Based Learning

The benefits of task-based learning are wide-ranging – it is a powerful educational tool and learning style that has proven effective, but there are daunting challenges that must be faced in order for it to be successful. Having an LMS that supports end-to-end management of task-based learning will make this process much easier.

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