Increasingly, distance learning has allowed students and institutions to find more space within the market . There are several free and professional courses available through distance learning platforms . However, the operation and management of this learning system leaves doubts, both for those who want to buy and offer content at a distance.
The distance education has achieved good results in various regions of the world, and countries like USA, South Korea, Australia and Brazil, has shown a population increasingly willing to consume this mode. Although the custom when talking about learning management system, is to resemble digital educational content , teaching without the need for the student to be present at the institution, it has been working for a long time before the creation of the internet, and in Germany in 1890 correspondence courses already were made available through newspapers.
According to the Higher Education Census only in a period of 6 years, while distance education grew 13%, the face-to-face method fell the same amount, this only referring to the years 2010 and 2016. The distance education system consists of providing a better cost -benefit for the participants, and the tendency is that these numbers continue to evolve to the point of surpassing face-to-face enrollments. However, as not everything is “flowers”, it is essential that schools that decide to act in this way be aware of the platforms adopted , so that the study experience is not frustrating.
Learning Management System
Better known by its acronym LMS , the Learning Management System ( Learning Management System ), allows the management of distance education platform is made. It is through the LMS that it is possible to share content, manage student data, evaluate their educational progress, issue certificates, facilitate financial processes and various other activities, depending on the platform acquired. Therefore, the choice of the system must be made with great care by the school.
There are some integrated LMS systems , which allow connectivity with several others. There are free options, but they are usually not as complete and secure as private ones. As it is a complex system that gathers several tools for the provision of distance learning , it is necessary that the adopted platform offers accessibility for the technical assistance team, designers, tutors, administrators, and several other professionals who will contribute to a quality performance.
The DL works, since it is applied correctly. The chosen platform must meet the needs of the institution and the student, providing a quality AVA ( Virtual Learning Environment ). If the system does not work properly, it will devalue the content provided – even if it is excellent – and, it will damage the credibility of the educational institution. For those who wish to make the investment, it is advisable to seek specialized guidance and be able to follow the entire process.
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The new learning management systems (LMS)
A constantly changing market demands the development of new skills for work, such as self-management, capacity for innovation, adaptability, initiative and collaboration. Traditional approaches to training and developing employees are already ineffective in the face of current organizational challenges. In parallel, the exponential evolution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) brings new perspectives to the educational area.
E-learning develops gradually within companies. Initially used for the purpose of reducing expenses with training and development of employees, today the modality is already recognized for the quality of the results it can generate. Its use has even grown over the years. According to data from the company Bersin by Deloitte, the use of learning solutions with at least some online resource grew by more than 100% from 2009 to 2015.
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To meet this demand for solutions that are increasingly aligned with business needs, learning management systems (LMS) have evolved over the years. See below the trends of these platforms for management and support for training and development actions.
Gamifying means using a strategy based on elements originally associated with games, in order to engage the target audience. The use of the concept of gamification in an LMS occurs from the use of resources such as visualization of the employee’s status on the trail, scoring system and different levels of difficulty, competitiveness through ranking, rewards program, challenges, among others.
Adaptive learning, or adapted learning, is one of the main trends in the field of education. Each student is understood as a unique being, who has gone through a special set of experiences and presents particular needs and rhythms of learning. To personalize the development process, the LMS becomes an intelligent platform, where the student has multiple experiences and learning resources, following a unique path.
The environment, based on artificial intelligence resources, identifies how the student learns best and what his learning needs are in the chosen path, making individual recommendations about which themes and contents he should explore. The student gains more autonomy and has his learning capacity expanded from personalized stimuli.
Open learning experiences.
The LMS can aggregate external content, unifying different learning channels and facilitating access to different content, for example: within the management and leadership trail, the student will be able to access internal content, from Veduca, Coursera or any online publication specialized in the theme .
Videos and Microlearning.
One of the trends for the LMS is to present a structure similar to YouTube, becoming a decentralized platform where the student, within the concept of individualized learning, can seek knowledge from a specific need. The LMS, through resources such as optimized search, can suggest videos and short content to meet specific objectives, such as solving a specific problem.
Also known as crowdlearning, collaborative learning is already a reality. Forums and chats, for example, are already widely used for different learning purposes. As an evolution of the concept of collaboration, the LMS may enable the management of communities whose purpose is the co-creation of knowledge. Students will be able to act as apprentices or mentors, accessing and producing content through videos, e-books, poadcasts, wikis, etc.
If before the LMS focused on content management, with all these changes it becomes a student-centered environment, enabling an individualized learning experience, according to the level of knowledge, pace and learning profile of each one.