What Features Should Schools Look for in an LMS?
The ideal LMS is easy to learn, use and maintain. Key functions like posting announcements, communicating with students and grading assignments should be simple and straightforward. A modern LMS should also support mobile devices and integrate seamlessly with third-party tools for student collaboration.
What Strengths Should Schools Look for in a Vendor?
A good vendor should offer reliability, security, interoperability, training, quality of technical support and the ability to scale. Verify that the LMS is easy to manage and configure and is regularly updated; above all, it should never go offline.
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How Should the District Prepare for an LMS?
Is the district ready to implement a new LMS? Staff will need to migrate existing classes to the new platform, which can be a difficult task. Find out if the new platform will integrate with the district’s student information system and whether implementation, training and maintenance costs for the new platform are sustainable.
How Will the LMS Change in the Future?
Today’s platform is used to manage individual courses. It houses course content and lets teachers collect student assignments and input grades. The next generation LMS will be more student-centered, a place where students can engage with content and complete assessments without shifting from one tab to another. It will also include information-rich dashboards that make it easy to monitor student engagement and will serve as a space where students can create a portfolio of papers and projects.
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