We have outgrown the old form of education. Especially after Covid, Digital Education has become the new reality. Virtual Classrooms, blended learning and curriculum are the mediums through which we conduct our education now. To implement these features we need a system thus making LMS the new norm. Students and other major stakeholders have already adapted to this new form of education. But when it comes to investing and implementing LMS, colleges and universities have divided opinions. While some are eager, few are hesitant and many are still wary. As a result, LMS implementation has taken a back seat. We are here to break down such opinions so that students and teachers are not stuck in the “Digital Education” limbo.
Breaking down the misconception about LMS implementation
Despite its rising popularity, LMS is still regarded as something which is meant for global education institutions and organisations only. This is due to the commonly believed myth that LMS are costly. Hence small scale Colleges and Universities still prefer digital tools over LMS. Whatever the beliefs are, we have to make them true to the facts. We decided to do just that by gathering a few popular myths about LMS implementation and debunking them.
Freemium Individual Softwares are a good substitute for LMS
This myth stems from the most common misconception that LMS are only for large organisations and small colleges can manage with free digital tools for imparting digital education. But that’s not the case. Any good-grade digital tools in the market come with some power-packed features. Certain tools provide a few of these features free, as part of their freemium packages. However, in most cases, these freemium features alone are not enough to fit the bill. Yet colleges and universities believe that they could cater to the digital needs of their students and staff through a series of freemium tools alone. However, there is a catch. The freemium tools work best for a limited audience and only for a limited set of functionalities. You can’t implement the freemium tools for the wide range of educational needs you have. Hence you have to implement an LMS that offers the tools you need on a nominal budget. But here is some good news. There are many cost-effective LMS tools in the market with low investment costs ($1 per user) that you can implement.
Another major concern when it comes to LMS is the monetary and manpower resources you need to invest. Right from the moment you decide to install an LMS till it is fully functional you need to look into factors like hosting charges, web charges, operating costs, maintenance cost, IT support etc. And you might think for colleges that are operating on tight budgets you can’t afford both the cost it involves or the manpower you need to use. But here is the ground truth- you don’t have to invest either of those two. Some amazing ED-Tech providers are offering LMS Software As A Service. You just have to pay according to your needs. There are also pay per user schemes, pay per the period scheme, annual payment schemes etc. And these investments are cost-effective and might even bring some profits based on the features provided by the LMS host.
LMS only benefits the students and the staff
Another major misconception about LMS is that they are designed only for students and staff. Hence why should the college invest so much while the students can connect with the staff using free products like WhatsApp, Facebook, Zoom meets, Google Meets etc. And here is the truth. LMS manages the entire operations of your educational institution, online.
Right from admission support, resource monitoring, library requirements to campus placements and internship support, you can monitor these processes through a centralised LMS. Using LMS will not only benefit your students and staff alone, through LMS you can score better grades in government accreditation, enhance student and staff retention, improve student admissions, compete in the international forum through online events etc. With LMS, the sky’s the limit, when it comes to its benefits.
LMS implementation might hinder Learning Engagement.
We are used to the traditional way of learning where the teacher/instructor interacts personally with the students, understands their needs and then employs strategies to realise better learning outcomes. The prevailing myth is that, with the Learning Management System, the students and staff might lose the connection with each other which in turn might affect the learning outcomes. But contrary to this prevalent belief, LMS assists and encourages a smart way of learning through which you can achieve your goals easily.
Learning Management Systems are known to present learning materials in a smart format that engages the students and promotes involved learning. Further, through the LMS analytics arm, you can engage your students according to the smart real-time data gathering features. This way you can use LMS to inculcate better learning and skills which your students might need.
Now that we have debunked a few myths surrounding LMS and its implementation, one thing is pretty clear. LMS enables your students to face future challenges. Though it involves a certain level of commitments and investments, its implementation is not a burden but a boon for colleges and universities. By implementing a fully functional LMS you can boost your students’ performance, universities’ scoring and funding, attract better placement opportunities, effortlessly manage your administrative tasks and the list goes on.
If you are in the market for an LMS but don’t know where to begin, or which LMS features to look for, give us a call.