E-Learning and LMS
E-learning has always been important. And, in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s become even more essential. Before COVID-19, the market for virtual learning was estimated to reach $275 billion by 2022 – a projection that has only increased since schools have shuttered.
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The value in virtual learning lies in its convenience – both for learners and organizations. Employers use it as a cost and time-efficient method for training their employees. Employees benefit from easy-to-use training that enhances their skills and knowledge.
But schoolchildren can also benefit from learning management systems (LMS) – whether we’re talking about learning remotely to maintain social distancing, using virtual learning supplementally with current schooling, or a variety of other reasons to use LMS.
What is e-learning?
E-learning is training, learning, or education delivered online via computer or other digital device.
E-learning is based on formalized learning, but it’s brought about through computers, tablets, or even smartphones. This allows students to learn anytime and anywhere. As social distancing continues to be recommended, the importance of e-learning and LMS can’t be overstated.
What is LMS?
Learning management systems – or LMS – is a software application that is used to deliver online training. However, a good LMS will go beyond just delivering information and will offer features and support that perfectly complement your learning style.
In recent years, cloud-based systems have become the norm in the LMS world. Cloud-based systems are beneficial because they allow you to quickly create courses, enroll users easily, and accurately report on learner progress. But – aside from cloud-based systems there are a wide variety of other types of LMS’s – including open-source, commercial, and installation-based.
A good cloud-based LMS should allow you to easily scale the delivery of your training and also be supported by an excellent customer success team.
Benefits of e-learning and LMS?
Until the COVID-19 pandemic is a thing of the past, one of the chief benefits of e-learning and LMS is the opportunity to provide education and learning while adhering to a policy of social distancing and shelter-at-home. We expect the value of e-learning to be further recognized even after this pandemic has subsided, and are interested in helping any client develop an LMS or e-learning platform.
Traditional training can be expensive and frustrating to maintain. E-learning and LMS remove the reliance on costly printed materials and even the cost for on-site instructors. If sections of your content need to change, this can be done easily and remotely via your LMS – no need to print and distribute amended training materials.
For instructors, e-learning allows for things to be easily added or modified in an LMS. Adjusting something in an LMS is much easier than adjusting something for an in-person teaching session. Versus teaching in a physical classroom, LMS does away with the time needed to spend organizing a reprint of learning material. For students, time is saved by accessing content whenever and wherever they need to. LMS can also be used to automate manual tasks and make training management easier and more time efficient.
Improved Performance and Productivity
Virtual learning allows learners to easily complete their training and do so quickly, which leads to improved performance and increased productivity. Additionally, when learners realize they can train or learn at their own pace, they’ll likely be more motivated to further their own learning goals through e-learning and LMS. After all, it allows them to learn at their own pace – at a location or time of their choosing.
Reducing your carbon footprint is a responsible part of any corporate or personal endeavor. E-learning can be an effective way to aim for a lower environmental impact because it is an alternative to paper-based learning, which contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly business or tech solution.