Online learning management systems (LMS)
What is an LMS? An LMS (Learning Management System) is a software application or Web-based technology used to plan, implement, and assess a specific learning process. The LMS software package 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 the 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 an online learning service development your users will definitely love.
Initial requirements is the key of every successful learning system
It is imperative to make a detailed analysis of requirements prior to any development. When developing an LMS, always make sure you have determined the minimum set of features for your system. Having worked with various companies to develop an LMS, 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 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 LMS systems which overcome disadvantages of traditional learning systems.
Over these past several years, we developed many real-time learning 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 is 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 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, from a development perspective, an ideal LMS should solve the following objectives:
- Include only features that highlight the company’s value
- Ensure gaming and competition elements are added
- Be intuitive and responsive
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. Your success is our success.