The learning management system market globally is expected to reach a value of $23.21 billion by 2023. Learning management systems or LMS’s, are software applications – often hosted online – that provide a framework to handle all aspects of the learning process. This includes the housing, delivering, and tracking of learning content.
We look at the 10 most important features of a learning management system:
- Easy on-boarding – learners must be easily on-boarded via a registration form, or via an import facility in the LMS.
- Flexibile and Customisable – an LMS should be easily adapted to the business need, with learning pathways, courses, and modules which can be customised to the structure of the learning material.
- Available anywhere – an LMS should be available to everyone with an internet connection, including low-bandwidth users, and smartphone users.
- Great course management tools – course content should be easily editable, with text, images, video, and interactive tests. Content must also be access controlled and made available to specific learner groups.
- Users and Role management – there should be a hierachy of users within an LMS, for example course administrators, learners, and teachers. These users should have varying access to the LMS and learner areas.
- User feedback – learners should be able to provide feedback to the teachers, as well as create discussion groups with their peers. This assists in the learning process, and also provides feedback for the course material.
- Security – as a LMS may contain sensitive learner, and teacher information, an LMS system should be secure and all sensitive data should be encrypted.
- Learning Analytics – tracking learner progress is one of the most critical aspects of a learning management system. Teachers and administrators should be able to generate reports to track skills-gaps, and understand where improvements can be made to the course material.
- Cost savings – using a learning management system should introduce significant cost savings compared to traditional in-person learning tools. All information is housed in a single place, and can be shared across platforms.
- Reusability – LMS content should have the ability to be re-used across courses using a modular course structure.
Refresh has created a learning management system called Nimble. Have a look at the Nimble Learning Management System for more information, and for enquries.