What is it?
A learning management system (LMS) is a virtual platform that acts like an administrative body that controls, manages, and facilitates the entire academic program. An LMS focuses and elaborates on E-learning, by allowing real-time teaching, classroom discussions, and more. We see an elevated use of this technology since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to restrictions on physical proximities, LMS is the only way to move forward. By encapsulating the entire system of lectures, evaluations, progress tracking, and interactions, an LMS creates a strong backbone to elevate the education sector in unpredictable circumstances as well.
The Future of Education
Academic institutions usually have a lot to juggle, and in India, most of it happens at the physical location of the institute itself. But, the Covid-19 pandemic happened to disrupt the norms greatly. The entire education and learning infrastructure were adversely affected in the initial stages, even leading to a complete shutdown for months, but institutions endured the first wave in one way or another. Resorting to e-learning methodologies, scrambling for an effective medium that covers all functionalities while having an interface that is easy to work with, making sure every professor and teacher is equipped to use such technology, the academic institutions did it all and it took them months to streamline everything. Everyone was new to it and keeping up was difficult.
While we’re at the peak of the pandemic, it is difficult to predict what comes next. Although the course of education has significantly been altered, some changes that we made are actually predicted to stay because of the efficiency of work that has been improved. In the post-pandemic world, physical presence will no longer be a necessity, which is beneficial in several scenarios. To explain this better, consider if a student remains absent in a class. They would have to ask their peers about instructions from the faculty and even borrow notes. There is a chance of the student missing out on some important information and in pre-covid times, there wasn’t a solid solution to it. Now with recorded lectures, teachers themselves putting forward materials for reference and possibly putting up messages too in case of an important announcement, the aftermath of a leave isn’t a major task to handle. Now, imagine all of that, but everything happens on a single platform; that is what PortalBoard does for you.
As the pandemic recedes, the roots of education won’t be solely reliant on physical mediums. Working remotely was the need of the hour then, it still is now, but in the coming years, it will definitely serve as a powerful dynamic to the field of education. An LMS has the potential to bring much-needed convenience for both the teaching staff and students, and provide solutions to the problems that existed even before the pandemic but were magnified because of it.
One such issue that got the spotlight is : rigid hours of work. School timings are fixed and everything that has to be communicated happens in those hours itself. But virtual platforms give everyone the flexibility to work at their own pace and on their own time. Since the pandemic brought in a lot of uncertainty, a need to accommodate everybody was necessary, which is only possible when every student, teacher and working personnel is given the room to take a breather and work on their assigned duties comfortably. Scheduling assignments beforehand, and students being able to turn those in when they finish is a possible example of the same. Consider the scenario : The teacher creates a test, or allocates projects and sets deadlines and the time at which it goes up to their class. The students can then receive, view and submit them, without unnecessary chaos. All of this is organized to work in the same place. Seems like a relief doesn’t it? It can ease the burden, and is a solution we need even in post-covid times.
The faculties, especially in India are accustomed to constant monitoring of students. Be it through observing them while teaching, remembering their scores from tests or conversations and discussions in class. Virtually, this environment is a bit tedious to recreate because there is a certain connection that is needed for a good exchange of thoughts to happen amongst the teachers and students. If only you could bridge this gap somehow. Actually you can! The teachers can know who needs more of their attention and accordingly create their lesson modules thanks to the features that allow you to track the progress of each and every student in the class with respect to their performance and participation. This creates a more inclusive environment because it provides the ability to cater to every single student and hence nurture them as required.
An LMS is not just some software to conduct classes on, it is a way to answer problems that we didn’t pay much attention to in the pre-pandemic times. It is a comprehensive solution to all things associated with learning, including social learning.