What are the typical features of a learning management system?
Most learning management systems are built bespoke to the organization’s needs, however they do generally share the same basic features.
An internal messaging system, as mentioned above, is usually a standard feature on all learning management systems. Before the age of the learning management system, many schools, colleges and universities had internal email; the LMS can help make that a thing of the past. Having a learning management system means messaging – and everything relating to learning – is all in one place, so it’s safer, with no interaction with those outside of the educational establishment.
Other typical features of an LMS include course creation and management, self marking quizzes and tests, student data and the ability to mark work (or self mark: some learning management systems can mark work that’s been submitted for you).
Course creation is the most fundamental part of your learning management system. Creating courses is how you set work for your students, and depending on the functionality of your learning management system, will allow you to make learning much more fun.
The content of what you want to teach is added to a course. Many solutions will give you the ability to allow students to give answers directly within the course – and, depending on the nature of the questions, self-marking tests are easily embedded within the course.
Student data is another core part of learning management systems. Having all student data within your solution means students can be easily contacted and set work for- particularly if they are arranged into their respective classes. Many educational establishments integrate their learning management system with their MIS system, for example Capita SIMS, so that any student data that is changed on their system is automatically updated within their LMS, and vice versa.
Find out some of the typical features of Totara, and the many other functions it can perform here.