Technology has made the learning process a lot more efficient, organized, and convenient. LMS software is an excellent example of technology innovated to make the learning process better. LMS stands for Learning Management System. It is an application that enables you to offer, track and report on your online course, training programs or other learning activities.
This is a simple guide that will outline great LMS solutions for your online bootcamp but first, here are the essential features that any LMS software should have.
A learning management system should centralize all learning material in one place. Modern LMS software offer this capability through a cloud-based system; hence it is easy to distribute the course content to your learners. Having all your content in one place means that all the participants get the same information every time.
Track student outcomes
With LMS technology, reporting on students is a lot easier compared to conventional methods. Since all the information on students is available in one place, it is easy to see what they have done, what they are currently doing, and what's remaining.
Schedule live classes via Zoom
A great LMS should be able to support live virtual classes. This means that your participants will be able to join in from the convenience of their location and still experience the one-on-one attention of classroom interaction.
Should have support for integrations
Migrating your data from one application to another is a big task to do. However, a great LMS will allow you to seamlessly integrate all your existing apps and data to make the change smooth. Business tools like your HRIS and your CRM already make work convenient - incorporating them into your LMS keeps the benefits of both without losing either.
Here are four options to look at when considering a learning management system (LMS) for your online bootcamp:
Canvas LMS is an open-source, cloud-based software made by Instructure Inc and is available on mobile devices and desktops with Apple, Windows, or Linux operating systems.
Being a cloud-based system, Canvas hosts all your course content without breaking a sweat. The content can also be accessed from any location worldwide on any computer or smartphone.
Canvas offers an internal communication system as part of the package; hence you won't need an external messaging or email integration.
Canvas allows educators to add quizzes, projects, assignments, and exams to any student. They can also introduce a discussion in the repository to supplement course interactions.
Its Outcome feature is an excellent way to help educators assess their students based on their assignments and exams. The grades can then be exported easily via a student information system.
Instead of buying an LMS, you can opt to build your own with an internal engineering team.
The main benefit of an in-house system is that you're able to customize everything you want to the last detail. This is not possible with a one-size-fits-all LMS.
As with most custom solutions, you'll incur a high initial cost to get it developed and running. The cost of maintenance too can be high as well.
Building your learning platform means that you'll have to bring a team together to develop and maintain the software, an expense that is much less with an LMS.
It takes a minimum of 1-2 years to develop and launch a learning management system, which is a long time compared to switching to an existing LMS.
Rather than build your custom product, you can also use the different tools already on the market. For example, Zoom can be your video platform, Calendly can manage your schedule and Mailchimp your inbox.
Flexibility is a significant benefit of using these tools together. You can scale up or down as you wish, discontinue any tool that you don't need, and keep the strengths of all.
Virtually is an all-in-one solution for teaching online. You can manage your entire program just from Virtually- meaning that you'll spend less on resources with a great user experience.
There's currently no API for the software, although it is in development and coming soon.
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Ish is the Founder & CEO of Virtually (YC S20).