In my previous blog, we have seen the technological requirements for developing of an eLearning course. Having a fair knowledge of the technological requirements for developing an eLearning course, we will now look into the technological requirements for delivering or producing, the eLearning course to the learners.
Accessibility: Accessibility makes sure that the technology you used in developing the eLearning course is easily accessible by all the learners. We may create an excellent simulation using the latest authoring tools, but the creative brilliance cannot be seen by the users, unless the users system contains the necessary supporting software.
Compatibility: Compatibility ensures that our solutions are compatible with the others available in the market, thus ensuring interchangeability. Certain standards are to be adhered to, so that the technology remains uniform and is within reach. This gives a way for one eLearning vendor to communicate with another eLearning vendor, without confusion.
Deployment constraints: Deployment constraints occur mainly at 2 stages.
- Large content: When the content is too large exceeding the maximum limit that it can take, making the system incapable for delivery of the course
- Media formatting issues: Courses are prepared using certain media formats. When the users do not have the required formats installed in their systems, the users will encounter problems in accessing the course.
Interoperability is basically the ability of a course to use it seamlessly across many learning management systems. The desktop environment differs from one user to another. This affects different users differently. These issues must be resolved and addressed prior to rollout. Here are some of the issues that impact the course delivery and performance at the desktop.
- Lack of proper understanding of the user’s desktop configuration.
- Browsers compatibility issues.
- Type of courses you want to interact with your LMS.
The above technological requirements make sure that the users are able to access the eLearning course, with ease and convenience, once the eLearning course is developed. Carefully consider the nature of eLearning solution and the requirements that must be met with, to accomplish your administrators, instructors and learners’ targets. This ensures the success of the eLearning course.
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There are many Learning Management Systems (LMSs) available in the market. We have both commercial and open-source LMSs. These LMSs may have all the basic features required to host and manage trainings. But, the main issue arises when you want to customize the training workflow as per the current structure and add advance features which are difficult to manage in the existing process.
A Learning Management System (LMS) is essentially used to plan and publish e-learning courses online, to be accessed by learners. Earlier, LMSs were technology-based and quite complex for end users (both administrators and learners) to navigate and manage courses or access them. Users had to rely on the technical team even for minor issues or requirements. Every problem had to be addressed by IT personnel. This was frustrating and resulted in an unenthusiastic response to the LMS as a whole by the users. Very few registered for the courses, and even those who did never completed them. Only mandatory compliance courses had 100% completion rates for obvious reasons!
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) help us in managing eLearning, classroom or virtual trainings easily. Apart from the structured training curriculum, you can provide your learners with additional learning resources to refresh their learning or give in-depth information. In most cases, the additional material provided is optional.
This optional training material can be shared using various methods.
MOODLE is the acronym of Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It was developed by Martin Dougiamas, a computer scientist and educator. MOODLE is an incredible Learning Management System (LMS) with exceptional features, and it is used extensively in the corporate training world.
One of the most useful features of MOODLE LMS is the activity completion tracking system. It enables the training manager to check the course completion status of the learner. By default, it is not enabled.
To enable this feature, you need to follow the below steps.
Collaborative or social learning is a type of learning where people gain knowledge working in groups. Learners interact with each other and exchange ideas and information to solve problems. Various researches have proven that collaborative learning to be very effective as it improves thinking skills and enhances leadership capabilities. So, how can you facilitate effective collaborative learning in an online environment? Well, you need to use a learning management system (LMS).
Report building is one of the crucial activities in any training process. It helps the training manager track the learner’s performance and training outcomes.
Earlier, this process was done manually. However, with technological advancements, this process has been automated. Now, using a learning management system (LMS), training managers can generate reports with just a click.
Technology is continuously evolving and it is no different with Learning Management Systems. According to a research published by EDUCASE Center for Analysis and Research, the average age of an LMS is eight years. It means that institutions need to replace their LMS every eight years to keep up with their current needs and demands. So, every few years, training managers or stakeholders of organizations will need to make a decision about either changing their existing LMS or modifying their current one. With so many options available, how do they decide which one is right for them? Selecting an LMS that is a “best-fit” for your organization is not an easy task.
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application which helps deliver online training as well as track users’ scores and status. It also helps training managers to generate reports and provide results to each user individually. One of such good tools to develop an LMS is Moodle.
As a training manager, you have to keep the records of your learners’ details, courses assigned to each of them, score sheets, grade reports, issue of certificates, details of registration and limiting access to users.