So what exactly is an LMS, how does it work?

Learning Management System: A beginner’s guide!

In the wake of the recent pandemic, one of the words being thrown around especially in the education sector and corporate world where Learning and Development is held in high importance is “E-Learning”. Our previous posts have also pointed out the fantastic roles that an organizational learning culture plays in the improved productivity of an organization. The concept of E-Learning is an education system where training is provided with the aid of technology using the internet and digital devices to facilitate learning anywhere and anytime.

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To make this learning accessible to your workforce in an organized, convenient, easy to track manner; it is advisable to make use of a Learning Management System. So what exactly is a Learning Management System, what does it do and how does it work?

Simply put, the Learning Management System also known as LMS can be described as a warehouse of information where people can have access to the knowledge that can enable them to get ahead. As the acronym indicates, it consists of a learning part (L) that trains and educates people; a management part (M) that create the courses, assign the courses, tracks training progress etc. and of all of these are possible with the aid of a system (S) which is a software application.

I like to refer to it as a platform that enables learning without walls

Wikipedia defines it as a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, automation, and delivery of educational courses, training programs, or learning and development programs. I like to refer to it as a platform that enables learning without walls. The LMS is not limited in its use and so can be used by an extensive list of bodies; from primary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions, to small and medium enterprises as well big corporate organizations to training houses, etc. There is practically no E-learning without a learning management system.

As good as the idea of a learning management system sounds, it is very important to make sure an organization looks out for one that is a good fit. There are lots of things to look out for like the features, the deployment options, pricing, support types, etc. Look out for our next article which will enlighten you on one or more of these components.

Ultimately, a learning management system, especially a good one is a fantastic cost-saving investment an organization needs to take up.

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