Learning Management System (LMS) & eLearning

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Over the past year, organizations have found learning management systems (LMS) more necessary than the luxury we once knew them to be. When it comes to eLearning, the best LMS increases productivity for both the faculty and the students. Consider it a centralized online training location, a classroom where information consumption can be tracked, managed, and even customized.

After the onset of the 2020 global pandemic, which caused institutions to close their doors without warning, the use of LMS went from optional to imperative almost overnight. Many people had never used LMS and found themselves needing to learn the systems at lightning speed to keep up with the sudden change. Trainers and students were learning to operate these systems simultaneously. 

LMSs have come a long way. Years ago, they did not have mobile capabilities. Now, trainees are fully capable of completing entire courses on the go. During a time of uncertainty and a massive increase in eLearning, LMS became a very effective way to continue learning for many people. After getting over the learning curve, which may have been overwhelming at first glance, staff and students began to witness the many benefits of LMS.

For educators, the benefits range from easily tracking student's progress to automating tasks, generating reports, and even automating grading processes. Students were able to learn at their own pace and often at the times that best fit their busy schedules. Institutions experienced reduced operational costs during a crucial time and improved quality in their eLearning programs as their organization became more synchronized. In many ways, LMS helped to keep organizations afloat.

Modern LMSs are here to stay. They have been improving over time and have proven to be effective ways to reach millennials. While the traditional classroom way of learning is still best for some, many more people have access to training than ever before, and LMS is a major contributing factor. Between the personalizations and customizations, which include language options, to the convenience of being able to learn and be a part of a group regardless of one's physical location, LMS has and will continue to bridge gaps in higher education.