7 Reasons Why Learning Management Systems are Important for Your Institute

18 Nov 2022
Learning Management System

Do you agree with people saying that the world is changing and we need to change with it? Despite having some reservations, it is only fitting to mould ourselves with the progress of time, be it in terms of fashion choices or perspectives. Similarly, organizations need to make crucial changes in their core methodologies as well; but sometimes, budget restrictions, insufficient technical knowledge and disruptive implementation cause them to decline technological integration.

On the other hand, vital sectors like the education sector rely heavily on system upgrades and policy renewals to facilitate an enriching learning experience. Hence, despite encountering procedural lag, they must continue incorporating appropriate software or tools like a learning management system. Moreover, schools and colleges cannot continue to carry a major institutional process in the same way they did twenty years back. For instance, previously, in HEIs(higher educational institutes), faculty relied more on a teacher-centric approach to explain a specific topic.

In contrast, teachers do not limit themselves to using the same instructional techniques used decades ago; they strive to improve students' performance with the help of advanced tools, including LMS.

What is a Learning Management System?

A learning Management System is a software tool that enables institutes and teachers to deliver educational content and research resources easily. Furthermore, it is an excellent system that helps the faculty bring about landmark changes in the classroom environment. Besides, it aids in monitoring students' individual progress and assessing their performance throughout the academic cycle.

In recent years, the demand for LMS has increased fourfold; the global learning management system market was valued at USD 14.43 billion in 2021. However, researchers and ed-tech experts have indicated for it to grow from $16.19 billion in 2022 to $40.95 billion by 2029 at a CAGR of 14.2%.

(Source :https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/industry-reports/learning-management-system-market-101376)

Reasons Why Learning Management Systems are Important for Your Institute?

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1. Centralized Learning Platform

Remember the time when you had to rush to your friend’s house or call them to ask for notes on the last class you missed? We all remember how essential it was to read the assigned book for the Eng Literature assignment; therefore, books have been integral to our educational journey and still are for many students. However, although books are still relevant and continue to hold an irreplaceable position, it is not always practical to carry them around.

Therefore, the evolution of education technology has offered us the option of digitized learning materials, which students can easily find on the learning management platform. Furthermore, teachers can take advantage of the platform to create assignments and enable students to submit them online. For instance, they can keep the option of submission of physical hard copies available along with online projects.

Besides, there are other options besides going to the library to study and spending hours finding the key information about a given topic. The system enables institutes to create a database where teachers can upload research materials and content relevant to subject topics. As a result, the tool becomes a source of centralized learning wherein students and teachers can conveniently access learning and teaching content. Besides, if you opt for a cloud-enabled system, you can access the stored material from any remote location.

2. Facilitate Distinguished Classroom Environment

What is the most common feature of traditional classroom teaching? First, instructors come to the class and explain respective subject topics, followed by subsequent tests or exercises. However, gradually institutes began to encourage the implementation of varied techniques, so teachers adopted new methodologies and aimed to diversify content and teaching delivery.

Although some succeeded, others did not; some students did exceptionally well, but a few others did not match up to the rest of the class. Meanwhile, when the software solution came to the forefront, they got the idea of using it strategically. So, they started implementing innovative techniques like blended or hybrid learning that allowed teachers to change pre-established constructs of classroom teaching.

Consequently, teachers conducted online learning with a well-organised plan of action wherein they used the system to include recorded lectures, lesson plans, impromptu quizzes, etc. As a result, institutes can conduct in-person and online classes efficiently by maintaining a distinguished classroom environment.

3. Accurate Analytics

It is mandatory to assess student's performance regularly to check if they are doing well or have been facing difficulties. So, summative and formative examination reports helped to understand students' potential; however, judging a student based on how much they have scored on a test is an outdated practice that is incapable of giving an overall picture.

Fortunately, you can use the LMS software to evaluate and analyze students' performance in accordance with the learning outcomes. Besides, the system provides accurate analytical reports that help to provide insight into the progress level. In addition, teachers can figure out the key areas where students are lacking and carry out steps to help them.

4. Personalized Learning System

"This is a rate race, and you need to run fast if you want to win" is a variation of the statement that we often hear from parents or teachers. Unfortunately, they do not understand that most students try hard to stay on track and persevere to meet expectations. However, the fierce competition and the need to follow the rest of the class’s pace can become challenging for some students.

Besides, all students have different understanding capabilities or attitudes; therefore, you need to refrain from putting everyone in the same box. Instead, you must take the initiative to figure out their learning needs; LMS can help you identify students' central issues and develop personalized learning plans to help them prosper in academics.

5. Convenient Assessment System

As opposed to sticking to paper-based in-person and long followed questionnaires, teachers can develop a far more unique assessment system. With the software’s help, they can create timed or untimed tests, quizzes, and MCQs and grade them automatically with the auto-checking feature.

Also, you would not need to spend additional time and effort to check answer papers as you can check remotely. Furthermore, personalized assessments can help teachers track students’ progress and ensure their understanding of the lessons. Also they can assign homework, personalised assignments, group projects and presentations via the tool.

6. Auto-Update Course Content

Previously, when the faculty or curriculum planners developed the curriculum or course modules, it took time to make any changes after that . However, nowadays, you can easily make changes or integrate additional content into courses or curricula. Moreover, thanks to the scalability and customizable feature, you can edit and adjust the learning material as per the requirement.

Additionally, you can eliminate the unnecessary content from the course modules after reviewing them accordingly.

7. Improve Communication and Social Learning

There is a prevalent misconception that online learning furthers feelings of isolation and is a barrier to comprehensive student development. In contrast, you can use the medium of online learning to improve the interaction between students; teachers can use the software to establish group projects where they can collaborate efficiently.

Moreover, they use the medium to share ideas and participate in brainstorming sessions to develop an appropriate solution. In effect, it will improve students' communication skills and enable enriched student learning.

In Conclusion

In-class lectures and backdated assessment systems do not constrict the current education system, as institutes have adopted unique and better methods. So, tools like learning management systems not only improve instructional approaches but also help to solve individual student problems.

Poonam Nathani Author :

Poonam Nathani,

Academic Consultant

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