9 Learning Management Systems (LMS) tools that are redefining the virtual learning experience

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– Lakshmi Mittra, VP and Head – Clover Academy

One of the most important aspects of e-learning and development which have emerged in recent times is EdTech. Albeit at a fairly nascent stage in India, currently comprising only 1% of the $9 billion private education market, it is poised to grow at a phenomenal rate, fueled by the pandemic and the push for technology in every sector imaginable. Key among this growth, will be the role of Learning Management Systems (LMS). These new-age remote learning systems, are not only easy to use, but are also proven to save organisations time and money. Designed to promote interactivity, LMS effectively brings together students, tutors, in a collaborative online platform. 

A significant factor contributing to its success lies in the various tools, which have been designed to address specific issues that were found in the traditional learning system. 

Some of the distinctive features of a Learning Management System (LMS):

  1. Challenge: Lack of clarity on the course modules and syllabi in advance 

Solution: Carefully crafted teaching plan – It enables trainers to design the learning plan for each subject and every attendee is aware about the kind of assignments and tasks they need to perform for successful completion of the training module. 

  1. Challenge: Manual collection of assignments, and redundant grading and feedback processes

Assignment planning – Using LMS, trainers can create assignments. Attendees get an assignment notification as per their learning plan. They can complete the assignment on LMS and submit it. Trainers can review it in real-time and grade the attendees. The system stores all assignments, details and send grading and feedback to each attendee. 

  1. Challenge: Ineffective communication of important messages

Solution: Centralized communication tool – This tool provides centralized communication platform to facilitate one-to-one or one-to-many conversations amongst trainers and attendees. 

  1. Challenge: Lack of interactivity in the learning process

Solution: Interactive tools for holding quizzes and polls – These interactive tools enable trainers to create quizzes, comprising of various formats such as multiple choice or matching answers. These are held online and attendees are graded and provided with feedback instantly. 

  1. Challenge: Lack of discussion channels

Solution: Forum Tool – This tool enables participants to initiate discussion on specific topics amongst themselves. It is equivalent to social media conversations. However, these discussions are closely monitored by the trainer. 

  1. Challenge: The need to share additional information with ease

Solution: Supplementary reading material – Supplementary reading material to speed up the learning process can be periodically uploaded on LMS so that attendees can refer to it in their spare time to fast-track their learning process.

  1. Challenge: The need to share additional information and research

Solution: WiKi Tool – It allows participants to add and edit a collection of webpages. This can be an individual or collaborative activity. 

  1. Challenge: Creating a collaborative environment among students

Solution: Workshop – This is a peer-to-peer assessment tool. Using this tool, participants can go through each other’s work and grade it. This promotes collaboration and teamwork amongst the attendees. This is closely monitored by the trainer. 

  1. Challenge: Monitoring student’s progress and administrative tasks

Solution: Calendar Tool – This tool helps attendees to keep track of their academic as well as company training calendar, training deadlines and updates on virtual group meetings.

As seen, Learning Management Systems through their various tools not only address the needs of the hour, but also provide for an enhanced learning experience, encouraging students and corporates at all levels to study and upskill.