Is a cloud-based LMS really useful?
Technology is inspiring modern-day education. Cloud computing has been affecting education. Now, how is it doing so? The educational institutions are no longer using floppy disks. It’s because the students have to watch them without teachers guiding them.
The students can get an email id on a cloud computing-based LMS.
This helps them to share emails with their professors at any time. Since the data is stored on the cloud, there is no need for physical filing of data as in traditional classrooms. The students can access any such information via an LMS including information about their grades, and lists of scheduled classes.
Benefits when you get a cloud-based LMS
No data losses: There is also no problem with data losses because they are solved by an external team. But the customer service should be good with a cloud-based LMS. The external team should be able to integrate 3rd party integrations with your LMS such as Google Drive etc.
Restricted accessibility: The major problem with a locally hosted LMS is that it’s inaccessible after office hours. So, students and employees can only access it during those hours which might be a problem for some. Some students and employees might try to access the course during odd hours because of their location and in that case, an LMS hosted on a cloud-based server is the based option for 24/7 accessibility.
Less security: There is the wrong belief that a cloud-based LMS is less secure. But cloud-based LMS vendors provide a single sign-on process. This process consists of a service provider who sends information about the signee to the identity provider. This information can be in tokens including the user’s email address. The user or the signee is validated or checked using this information and hence given a token to sign in. This token is given to the service provider through the user’s browser by the identity provider.
Disadvantages of an LMS vendor
Low internet speed: Internet connection is a huge problem because otherwise, users across the world won’t be able to access the LMS. So, organizations must have reliable internet access. The network of an organization should be reliable so that users can access an LMS. As far as the users are concerned, they should use a Wi-Fi connection to access the LMS.
Unexpected increase in costs: The costs of an LMS vendor can change over time. But you can avoid such contingency by making sure that there are appropriate conditions included in the vendor contract. This makes sure that the bill of the LMS vendor is fixed for some time.
What to check before getting an LMS vendor?
Before getting an LMS hosting cloud vendor, make sure that it has proper certifications to ensure the safety of data. For example, there is the GDPR certification which stands for general data protection regulation. It is a law of the European Union on data protection.
It applies when data related to those from the European Union is collected in any part of the world. You can also get to know how much uptime is guaranteed by the cloud hosting vendor so that users are not prohibited from LMS accessibility due to server downtime.