what exactly is an LMS?
Analyzing in more detail the acronym LMS, we find three pillars of the concept and proposal of this type of platform:
Learning – Learning : An LMS is used to publish the content of an online course or training, consisting of training materials to participants of a class or team.
Management – Management: An LMS helps you organize and manage your online courses, your participants, your results and the effectiveness of your content.
System – System: An LMS is software developed for online education.
Still don’t understand what an LMS is?
Making a metaphorical analysis, let’s take as an example the traditional teaching system that takes place in person. So that teachers and students can meet, apply and receive content, respectively, there is a school that has classrooms with classes and schedules where the content will be taught. In addition, there are attendance and learning controls that will allow evaluating student performance and generating results, and for all this to happen, there is a faculty responsible for the administration and management of all processes.
Thus, an LMS is the school in a virtual concept.
An LMS is an educational management system that allows you to control and monitor the progress of student learning, where all content is published and organized, and students can consume it and interact with their tutors and/or colleagues.
Who needs an LMS?
The distance learning market has grown exponentially in recent years. At the same time, the LMS industry has followed this growth by developing software with increasingly interactive technologies, methodologies and resources that guarantee greater efficiency in the teaching-learning process.
LMS in the space of educational institutions
The main consumer audience of an LMS platform has been schools and universities that following technological trends and the “digital natives” generation have been using distance learning to innovate the teaching-learning process. For a generation used to carrying out all kinds of activities through computers, tablets or cell phones, forcing them to pore over books is to go against the grain of a strong technological wave. The use of an LMS by these institutions allows them to bring learning to the student on their own device.
LMS in the enterprise space
Recognizing the benefits and cost savings that this methodology proposes, many corporate organizations have also seen the use of this type of platform as an opportunity to focus on the learning and development of their employees as a market differentiator. Using an LMS helps the organization standardize learning, reduces the time needed to create and manage courses, and facilitates their distribution.
Thus, regardless of the type of distance learning project, an LMS can serve any company or educational institution that is looking for a training tool, being applicable to both the corporate and educational environments.
What are the benefits of an LMS?
Very similar to the benefits of distance learning, using an LMS for content propagation offers tangible advantages mainly in relation to the application and management of your ODL project. In addition, we can mention:
#1. Cost Savings
There is no need for travel and time costs for faculty and students.
Users can participate in the training at their own pace from anywhere in the world. All that is needed is internet access.
#3. Ease of use
The best LMS aim to ensure usability, be easy to use and intuitive.