What does LMS mean?
What is an LMS? An LMS (Learning Management System) is a custom elearning solution, often Web-based, used to plan, implement, and assess a specific learning process. LMS software development makes it possible to manage and deliver content and resources to students on an anytime, anywhere convenience.
Online learning management systems (LMS) have become increasingly in demand. People prefer their freedom: they no longer need to be stuck to a particular time or place.
In this blog post, we discuss the basic key ingredients of LMS software development for a product your users will definitely love.
Initial requirements is the key of every successful LMS software development
It is imperative to make a detailed analysis of requirements prior to any development. Before starting LMS software development, always make sure you have determined the minimum set of features for your system. Having worked with various learning management system development projects, we have learned that a detailed analysis precedes development.
This step makes possible to decide on the most suitable implementation approach:
- development based on already existing solutions or
- custom programming from scratch.
Opting for the right LMS software development process saves both time and money. For example, if a company initially decides to go with an existing system, but later realizes most of the system’s features would never be used. This mistake happens very often, so pay close attention to what is really required.
Quality reigns supreme
It is important the learning processes are effective, so adjusting them according to the best development practices remains an essential for every learning system.
Realizing the demand for professional tools, our company got especially interested in the development and implementation of innovative online educational projects and learning management systems which overcome disadvantages of traditional learning systems.
Over these past several years, we developed many real-time learning management systems, including online lectures and workshops, mobile apps for learning foreign languages and various employee testing programs.
Multifaceted learning approach
Learning is a complex task: LMS software development must reflect it. You need a complex solution which utilizes various features. The various LMSs we developed use the following components: social networks and web conferences, digital classrooms, multi-user and individual chats, forums, various presentations, notifications, systems to get students’ feedback, etc.
Applying cutting-edge technologies, we develop high-quality educational courses, e-workbooks, unique online tests and other functionality to help our customers come up with effective tools, so that any learner can effectively and efficiently master the learning process and scalable pieces of information.
Interactivity or gamification
Remember to keep up with the times: they demand interactivity or gamification. Currently, students are very selective, so your LMS should not only be innovative from a learning and education perspective, but also interesting and challenging. People like to compete rather than to play go it alone. The more competition you put into the tasks to solve, the greater the learners’ interest. The more competitive tasks you create, the greater will be the learners’ interest which, in turn, helps them achieve more progress. Everybody likes to win and get rewards on the profile, especially, when those badges mean knowledge students gained through your learning service.
One more thing: LMS software must be intuitive and responsive. Without doubt, if a learner is unable to open your system in a browser or smartphone or tablet, you have an issue. We have noticed many of our customers do not care about responsiveness. Yet we believe that students should be able to use the screen size and work in the browser they prefer.
Last but not the least—Big Data. Big Data in education means analytics of learning processes which help define the strategy of e-learning, determine its effectiveness, the issues and solutions that can improve learning processes. Analyzing the progress and outlining the disadvantages is a pre-requisite before modifying and optimizing the learning process to work most efficiently. Reporting tools, analytical diagrams, user activity charts with total time spent in the system, time spent on single activities, etc. and things like that is very helpful when building a learning strategy and improving your business.
Therefore, learning management system development should solve the following objectives:
- Include only features that highlight the company’s value
- Ensure gaming and competition elements are added
- Design an intuitive and responsive system
Skilled, experienced team
None of the above is achievable without a reliable, experienced development team. You need to find a professional team to ensure the implementation path is not a very rocky one. We are such a team. We have experience and expertise, and we do not abandon our customers immediately after release. At every stage of working together, we recommend and discuss all benefits and drawbacks, and make a mutually agreeable decision.
IT Craft’s expertise in development of LMS software
Jak Stat startup envisaged Web service to help future medical students improve their resumes. Pre-medical students face fierce competition when applying to medical schools. With Jak Stat, they maximize their opportunities. Users first create profiles from which they can search for medical schools, apply and track application status, follow different institutions and other applicants, and more.
At the initial stage, a business analyst and UX/UI designers worked together with the product owner on user flow. The team refined project requirements and prepared wireframes. Working on codebase started once the client approved documentation. Developers launched an MVP within the estimated timeframe.
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