Though LMSs have been used even before the outbreak of COVID-19, it is now being more noticed and recognized in our Post-Pandemic world. 98% of educational institutions shifted the majority of their classes to online courses as of April 2020. (Education Data 2021) The massively ongoing growth of the use of LMS depicts the significance of Learning Management Systems (LMS) for all educational institutions.
New-age LMSs allow teachers and students to enjoy an effective, interactive learning experience which, eventually, leads to increasing student engagement and, hence, the learning curve.
But so many schools and other educational institutions fail to leverage LMS just because decision-makers still believe in some misconceptions and myths about LMS. That’s why it is about time to bust some of these common myths about LMS based on information and data collected from reliable sources.
1. It is difficult to configure and use an LMS
One of the very common misconceptions is that using an LMS is not really a walk in the park. It is thought implementing an LMS requires a full in-house IT team to deploy, maintain, and manage on-premise LMSs, but it is quite the opposite. Schools and educational institutions can still leverage the advantages of cloud-based LMSs without deploying in-house IT professionals. Vendors will maintain the cloud-based LMS and provide whatever technical assistance needed. Moreover, LMSs can be customized and configured based on a school’s learning goals and vision in a very short time.
2. Users need to have technical skills to leverage LMSs
Though it might be true that some LMSs require technical skills to use, new-age LMSs are designed with a great focus on user experience, making it as easy as using Facebook. Both students and educators can easily access the LMS on all devices – computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Leading vendors put in time and effort to ensure that each user gets adequate training and assistance to have a trouble-free user experience. That is why; everyone can use an LMS – not only tech savvies.
3. LMSs constraint students’ interaction with teachers
Many decision-makers doubt that LMSs can strengthen learning experience and student engagement, but leading LMSs offer their users a far better learner-educator interaction. Students surely get to interact with their teachers and other students through chat, polls, discussion forums, and more.
4. It is too expensive to implement an LMS
Many decision-makers think that they need to incur huge upfront costs to onboard an LMS, but using a cloud-hosted LMS is not that costy. Schools can choose from many monthly or yearly plans provided by vendors. Furthermore, it is possible to upgrade or even downgrade their LMS on demand according to their learning goals and needs. It is rather a long-term, considerable investment as schools and educational institutions can save up to 50% of costs by only switching to a paperless school and sharing learning materials with students via an LMS.
5. LMS solutions hinder learning personalization
Learning personalization has been proven to greatly improve student learning as it addresses each student’s needs, skills, strengths, and interests which, at the end of the day, improves students’ learning curve and pushes them forward in their learning path. To help a student acquire and retain knowledge, it is essential that teachers focus on a more personalized learning experience which is doable thanks to LMSs. An effective LMS can easily help teachers deliver personalized learning experiences that meet students’ preferences and needs in just a few clicks.
Many decision-makers are still skeptical about how an LMS can transform schools and the whole education process and still believe in a flood of these misconceptions, but LMSs are out there being effectively leveraged, helping educational institutions achieve major breakthroughs outweighing their cost and challenges.
Maybe you still have doubts about implementing an LMS at your school, but we do understand that. We can surely help you leverage LMS and discover your school’s deepest potential.
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