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3 Things You Didn't Know About Learning Management Systems

Jayne Miller wrote this on Aug 11, 2016

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Think you know all there is to know about the modern learning management system? You might not. We’re challenging LMS myths today with three facts you might not know about the state of these edtech platforms.

They Should Actually Be Communication Tools

We talk to so many people that say learning management systems are tools for submitting and grading homework.

Swing and a miss. (Okay, maybe more like a foul ball).

Learning management systems should allow an eductor to assign, collect, and grade homework digitally - this is true. But the most important function of an LMS today is to allow for more and better communication.

You Can Get a New One Faster Than You Think

The LMS procurement process has a nasty reputation. But here’s a secret: only half of that reputation is earned.

The process for a school to select an LMS takes a while, and for good reason. It’s a big decision. Testing tools and finding the platforms that best match your school’s culture isn’t instantaneous. Take your time and make a smart choice.

It’s the next part that we need to clarify here. Bringing your newly-chosen system back to school doesn’t need to take months, especially if you talk out the onboarding process with your vendor before you sign on the dotted line. We only need a few days to turn Chalkup on across your whole school. Just sayin’.

Training Doesn’t Have to Be Awful

Same goes for the training and onboarding process. While the original LMSs of the early 21st century required lots of training hours and how-to PDFs, there are more options available today that allow for self-onboarding.

There is truth in the fact that some tools still come with a monster training manual, but just remember that not all LMSs are made equal. ;-)

 

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Topics: Administrators, EdTechUpdate, LMS