Industry Focus: Learning Management Systems
The core of leading education is innovative classes and courses, adapted to the needs of today’s society. Choosing the right learning management system is a key factor in implementing the corresponding curriculum.
What Is A Learning Management System?
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of e-learning courses and training programs. Collecting information about up-to-date learning management systems and how to make use of them can open many doors for job seekers who wish to find their place in the education system.
The Emergence of the Learning Management System
The foundations of today’s learning management system were laid in a joint venture between MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) known as Project Athena, in 1983. That was the first distributed computing environment for educational use. Later on, other companies tried to create an online platform for assessments and grading. Curriculum Associates and Scantron are two of the companies that were formed to provide automation for assessment creation and grading.
According to the Tracxn Report from 2016 (Education IT), in 1997, learning management systems gained popularity with the coming of Blackboard, since the company tried to solve the problem of fragmented resources in schools. This platform also integrated assessments, instead of only storing and accessing the content.
Learning management systems have been used for years to deliver courseware in schools and popularize e-learning. Besides educational facilities, learning management systems have also been used by companies to deliver training to internal employees and customers.
Components of the Learning Management System
There are almost 600 varieties of LMS available today. Each has unique features and possesses a component set to meet the needs of a variety of trainers and educators. Some common features that can be found in many eLearning platforms are:
- Document management: Upload and management of documents containing curricular content.
- Course calendars: Creation and publication of course schedules, deadlines, and tests.
- Student engagement: Interaction among students, such as instant messaging, email, and discussion forums.
- Assessment and testing: Creation of varied knowledge retention exercises, such as short quizzes and comprehensive exams.
- Grading and scoring: Advanced tracking and charting of student performance over time.
Learning Management System Platforms
The following are some of the learning management services that help schools, businesses, and organizations to develop, assign, and track online classes and students:
Classe365 is a cloud-based student information and learning management system that provides educational institutions with a single unified approach to manage the entire organization through the cloud. It provides tools for paperless pre-admission, student management, learning management, financial management, campus recruitment, alumni management and more. The app is available on Android and iOS.
Classlife is a collaborative learning management system for schools. Its features include tools for classroom management, student performance tracking, content management, interactive lesson creation, reports, communication, grading, badges and more. The platform allows integration with learning apps for universal tracking and single sign-on.
Fishtree is a platform that combines learning management with content curation and personalization that engages teachers, parents and students’ interaction. They create a learning community through their analytics, recommendations, and personalization engines. The platform delivers a classroom solution for the teacher as well as personalization for the student. Also, it adapts to the needs and changes profile for both the teacher and student. Its feature, Lesson Planner, allows teachers to prepare lessons from multiple sources and modes of content, including open education resources and premium content, and align to any standard, skill or competency.
Easyclass is a learning management system that allows educators to create digital classes. Teachers can store the course materials online, manage class discussions, give assignments, quizzes, and exams, monitor due dates, grade results and provide students with feedback. Easyclass allows teachers and students to collaborate, share and learn on the platform. In addition, it offers online discussion forums. Students can communicate to the whole class or only the teacher. The platform is free for all.
Quipper offers a learning management system for teachers and students. Its flagship service, Quipper School, allows educators to create educational content and assess students’ performances. Teachers can manage classes, send assignments to their students and get analytics on the performance of their students. The free cloud software is cross-platform and cross-device, so students can access it on smartphones, tablets or PCs.
The rising popularity of eLearning has drastically changed the study programs of universities that work to provide students with the right knowledge for working and living in a technology oriented world. The following study programs will provide you with an example of which types of study courses are desirable when it comes to LMS related job positions:
- University of Glasgow: Technological Education (United Kingdom)
- Freie Universitaet Berlin: Computer Science and Education (Germany)
- University of Limerick: Technology (Education) in Materials and Engineering Technology (Ireland)
- Politehnica University: Computer and Software Engineering (Romania)
- University of Turku: Learning, Learning Environments, and Educational Systems (Finland)
- University of Birmingham: School Improvement and Educational Leadership (United Kingdom)
- University of Twente: Educational Science and Technology (The Netherlands)
- University of Barcelona: Research and Educational Change (Spain)
Job Opportunities Related to LMS
With the suitable education and a strong desire to make a difference, you can find your place in the educational system and contribute to the development of technology oriented education. For this purpose, we will provide you with some examples of job positions that are related to learning management systems:
Learning Management System Administrator
This position is responsible for the support, design, development, implementation, delivery, and maintenance of the system. As an LMS administrator, you will manage users and courses in the LMS, monitor system performance, review and improve system operations practices, review system performance proactively, and perform similar activities. When it comes to education, Associate’s degree (A.A.), or Bachelor’s degree is preferred, and training experience is always a plus.
LMS is an important part of e-learning, therefore, developing and enabling corresponding software is one of the key job positions. Job responsibilities include independently developing and enabling the eLearning programs and materials. A Bachelor’s degree related to software or computer science is desirable.
The position requires the maintenance and adjustment of the LMS program in use. If you are driven and always willing to learn and progress, and you have a bachelor’s degree in the IT field, you could be the right person for the position. Experience with these systems or some knowledge of learning management programs is a big plus.
Learning management systems have enabled many schools, universities, organizations, and businesses to develop, assign, and track online learning. Their influence has led educational institutions outside of traditional education systems, with the same technological forces that are dramatically changing today’s classrooms.
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