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What is LMS?

I want to take an online course to gain new skills and advance my career. For this reason, I have been researching on the different types of online courses that can be of benefit to me. While doing my research, I have come across the acronym LMS a number of times. I am aware that the acronym is used to refer to online Learning Management System but I do not know anything else beyond this. Are LMS platforms important when you are doing eLearning? If yes, what are some of the best online learning platforms I should know about when planning to do an online course?

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Chelsea Hayes on February 21, 2018

A Learning Management System is a type of software that facilitates the measurement, delivery and management of an institution’s corporate eLearning program. Most online learning management systems are cloud-based and are used by the institution to manage all their training programs. It is similar to the CRM software that is used by the sales department or the HRIS software used by human resources teams. The only difference is the purpose. Learning Management Systems are used for the sole purpose of learning and development.

These systems are very important and can be used to deploy different types of training. Since eLearning has become quite popular, institutions have begun investing in this software so that they can offer online courses to students. Previously, learning management systems where primarily used to deliver formal learning. They would be used to offer training, track the users’ progress and access how well the users retained the information given. However, a lot of improvements have been made to the systems to improve their effectiveness especially when they are used for education purposes. Today, systems like Docebo incorporate additional social features that make it possible for the users to ask questions, consult with their teachers or mentors, contribute to the content and interact with peers. This makes online learning similar to what you’d expect in an ordinary classroom.

The best online learning platform is the one that gives you the opportunity to learn and interact with other students and teachers. This way, you will be able to ask for clarifications where you do not understand and you will also get to interact with other students which is very important for group discussions and networking. Therefore, when you are considering an online education program, you should also find out more about the platform the institution uses. Read about the features it offers and how beneficial they are to the student. Use this information to narrow down to the best school offering the program you want to pursue. However, platforms for LMS should only bother you when you are planning to take a very interactive course such as a science course where you constantly need to ask questions and get feedback from your instructor. However, if you are taking a simple course like an art or photography course, the software the institution uses shouldn’t really be an issue because such programs do not require very complex systems. You will be able to access everything you need even with a basic platform.

Brian Warner2 years ago

Most institutions invest in the best LMS platforms when they begin providing online courses. This is because there is a lot of competition among educational institutions. Every institution wants to be recognized as the best. Therefore, very few institutions will invest in a poor platform. In my opinion, you should focus on choosing the best institution offering the course you want to take. Make sure you go to a reputable university because chances are the university will have the best platform for eLearning. Do not focus too much on learning management systems and choosing the right one because what you need is quality education. It doesn’t make sense to be on the best platform but the quality of education you are receiving is less than stellar. However, it might help to read up on what some of the online students have to say about the institution and their platform. This will give you an idea of what to expect.


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