According to Wikipedia the focus of an LMS is to deliver online courses or training to learners, keeping track of their progress and performance, while at the same time managing content. Content management on LMS is important as it maximizes your investment, allowing you to effectively reuse and deliver content.
The core function and use of content management system is to store and organize files, and provide version-controlled access to their data. Let’s see in detail the features in content management that your LMS should have.
Copying courses and specific course components
Your LMS should have an option to take backup of the entire course and can be used to restore it or create another copy of it. Individual components can be exported and imported into another course. It should allow you to export the quiz and incorporate it into another course.
Archiving or deactivating account
Your LMS should also allow archiving/ deactivating of outdated courses. Archived/ deactivated courses cannot be viewed by learners. However, Administrators can view, edit or activate them again.
Embedding of multimedia elements
Multimedia elements like video, audio, URLs and other files like PPT, PDF, WORD or any file format should be acceptable by your LMS. You LMS should also have an inbuilt video/audio player so as to import and support any audio and video file.
As the LMS involves a lot of vocabulary or technical terms that are hard to understand, a glossary can help users immensely. The glossary can be linked to any other content assets. It can be easily created within the LMS and does not require any third-party application for the development.
Search feature for the system
The Search option should be enabled on the LMS to find the suitable learning objects easily. Based on the course name, description and keywords, the courses should be displayed. Based on the username, email ID or any user profile, field users can be searched.
Customized learning paths
You can have any customized learning paths by adding any content assets like, audio and video documents. You can also include activities such as eLearning courses, assessments, evaluation forms and finally after successful completion of all the activities, a printable certificate can be provided.
Support for mobile devices
Growing mobile workforce and changing behavior of the new workforce are moving the focus to mobile learning. You need to make sure that your LMS can deliver content to mobile devices. The LMS can be accessed from any mobile device. Based on the device an LMS can change its layout.
Integration of social elements
In an online learning platform, for the learners going through a self-paced eLearning module on an LMS, a collaborative learning experience can be created using online collaborative tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc. To facilitate collaboration learning, your LMS should allow you to integrate the Social networking widgets.
These are some of the features that your LMS should allow you to have in terms of content management. In my next blog, I will touch upon some more features of content management like webcasting utility, printing of course materials, storage of course materials and many more.