4 Factors Teachers Should Be Mindful Of When Introducing Learning Management Systems
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) cover a lot of ground. They can be used as assessment tools, for course evaluation, to administer quizzes, and to manage courses among many other functions. As a result, every vendor offers different functionalities with different terminology and different pricing structures depending on the features of the LMS. Learning Management Systems can be difficult to evaluate prior to purchase.
This means one thing – you can’t just “unleash” your new learning management system on learners without some form of preparation. Otherwise, you may lose the whole class as no one will understand a thing about the new way of learning.
The following are four things you need to be mindful of when introducing the class to the new learning management system to make the transition as smooth as possible;
1. Mode of enrollment
This might not seem important, but it’s a big deal when introducing a learning management system. Learners want to know how they will enroll for the courses; how they can register for classes. Do they get registered automatically? Do they need to register manually? Do they need some form of interaction such as a call or welcome email to be registered? Think carefully about this because LMSs are businesses, and with a business, you want to make it as easy as possible for customers to come into the sales funnel. If students can’t find a way to register, they will most likely look elsewhere.
2. Payment methods
Again, LMSs are businesses, so the customers (students) will be paying. How will they pay? Most LMS platforms have built-in e-Commerce payment gateways that students can use to make payments. Are your customers comfortable with the chosen payment gateways? After determining what would be best for your students, make sure your LMS supports that payment channel. On the same note, think about whether payments should be made for each course or for “bundles” of courses because some people will want to take just a single course while others may want to take a bunch of courses. How do they pay for the courses?
3. Integration with other platforms
This is very important no matter what courses you’re offering. The world today is a connected space, and your learners will want to be able to access their other online accounts from your e-learning dashboard. For instance, today’s learners want to be connected to social media at all times. They want to share content on Facebook, Google+, and the rest. Does your LMS provide for such? Additionally, you as the teacher may need webinar sessions to drive the point home. You may also need accounting software integration so that bookkeeping becomes easier. Does your learning management system support these integrations?
4. Scalability – are you ready for growth?
Scalability refers to the ability to expand. What if enrollment numbers soar exponentially? Do you have the capacity to provide quality learning material to the increased numbers? Or, will your LMS crush under the weight of increased accesses?
Of course, there are many other things you need to be mindful of when introducing a new learning management system. But if you can master these four, you’re on your way to something big.