With the shift of the education system to virtual platforms, there is a need for a Learning Management System that is tailor made for all of your institution's needs. Since most of the popular ones currently only cater to corporations and employee training, it is difficult to find proper guides that let you know about the factors that you must consider before subscribing to an LMS and also fresh and current technologies that are in use for scholastic backgrounds. So here are three up and running trends of the 2021 LMS market that you should keep in mind while picking a learning management system.
There is a heavy reliance on mobile phones these days. And it is understandable because as compared to laptops and personal computers, a smartphone is compact, easy to carry and most importantly : it is less expensive. Vidyasaarathi, a scholarship management portal in its India Lockdown Learning report shows that a smartphone is the primary mode for online learning for 79% of students in India, while only 17% have access to laptops and 4% to tablets for learning purposes or attending online classes.
So it becomes obvious that an LMS you pick must work efficiently on phones. It serves as a way of becoming more accommodating towards the students as well as the teachers. Also, one must keep in mind that the mobile version of the LMS must function as smoothly as on a computer because some people may not have multiple device options to access the online classroom content and a smartphone might be their only means for learning.
Analytics are, in simple words, insights that are generated from the different forms of data that are put on the LMS. This ‘data’ can be student test reports, performance reports, participation and progress levels and the like. These insights help the faculties to understand where the students stand academically and help the administrators to make smarter, data-driven decisions.
Managing physical records of each student is a difficult task, especially when the learning is happening entirely online. While looking for an LMS look for technologies like SCORM, Tin Cap API or xAPI. These are standards that enable users to track, store, and share their learning experiences. It helps teachers to focus more on the topics on which the students are spending comparatively more time in order to grasp concepts or to check if a particular student has gone through the provided content. Analytics like these are fetched by tracking the time taken for completion of a task, reporting scores and displaying detailed test results of each student.
Learning analytics can also help schools to tailor courses and learning pace based on the needs of different students. As we mentioned previously, an LMS can generate and mash-up different test and performance reports. This enables educators to create course-related customized road maps for each student, thus creating a learning environment that suits every student perfectly.
Additionally, LMS analytics also help in :
Improvement Of Student Performance
Identification Of Subject Portions That Are Most Difficult Or Interesting To Students
Learner’s Engagement Identification In A Course
Improvement Of A Subject Course
Formation Of Student Clusters Based On Key Metrics Like Progress Or Score
Thus, LMS analytics is a functionality that is a must when you’re looking for an LMS because it fills the gaps caused due to the absence of physical report cards and the inability to monitor students in person.
Social Learning Activities
Social learning is the act of learning by observing and imitating the behaviours of other people. It emphasizes the dynamic interaction between people and the environment in the construction of meaning and identity. Since physical proximity is a limitation in case of E-learning, you’ll need an LMS that allows the enhancement of social skills of each user thus committing to an environment where everyone learns from one another.
The E-learning ecosystem still requires collaboration between students to work on projects, group assignments and the like. This collaboration in turn leads to social learning, where learners exchange information using blogs, forums, social networks, messaging applications and similar communication channels. Though, this seems as a good enough solution, it is advisable to invest in an LMS that contains all of these features built in already. This eliminates the possibility of distractions and off-topic discussions, to replicate usual in-class discipline.
For example, our Learning Management System, PortalBoard allows social learning activities through features such as:
Summarizing this, the social learning tool of an LMS is used for moderated knowledge transfer between users for a compelling learning experience for teachers as well as students. It makes sure that the students learn from one another for better subject retention and increased social skill development.
Your current Learning Management System may be perfect for your learning needs today, but will it be tomorrow? Ideally, you'll want to choose one that is going to offer features and functionalities that you need now as well as in the foreseeable future, for it to prove as a good investment for your institution. To see if an LMS you’re interested in is actually beneficial for your institution, it is advisable to schedule demos or trial runs with their vendors. It might help you to get a clear sense of the working of the LMS and how well it’ll adapt to your current and upcoming needs.
Since now you are aware of the latest technology trends for an academic LMS, we hope that you find one that helps you get the best out of your E-learning venture. Good Luck!