Tag: K12 teaching

13 Jan 2021
elearning companies

What does an LMS mean for schools?

There are many choices before a school before selecting an LMS. Let us look at some of them. 

The transfer of schools to online education has necessitated many changes. One of them is the adoption of learning management systems. The meaning of a learning management system is that it provides a place where teachers and students can access content and contribute it too. An LMS is hosted on the website of the university or school and teachers can contribute content such as calendars and assignments for students. The teachers can track the progress of students through the LMS, whether they are logging in to it or not. 

Advantages of LMS

The biggest advantage of the LMS software is that with it, there is no use of paper. The students are given assignments online and they solve them. The difference between elearning and LMS is that the former includes videos and courses taught online. But they may not track a student’s performance.

The elearning companies help in combining their elearning module into the LMS software. 

The LMS is software where training sessions can be uploaded. Since the LMS acts as a central storage of content, it eases up communication between students, teachers and parents. Many updates can be posted by teachers on LMS to inform parents of the same. 

Before buying an LMS, schools must be aware of their requirements and keep their budget in mind. The budget will increase as the number of individuals who register with the LMS as learners and users increases. 

Why students need LMS?

In developing nations, offline delivery was getting used to deliver training to students before corona hit the world. However, now they are shifting to online platforms. The cost of the LMS is a huge concern for public schools. These schools take care of the large percentage of students in developing countries. 

However, since the COVID-19 has impacted education in these countries, the schools have to implement the LMS. The schools also have to get incomes to make payments to teachers and other staff. Hence despite the cost, it is inevitable that schools migrate to digital platforms. The schools must however choose between the LMS’s depending on what is their budget. They, however, need to distinguish whether an LMS is better for corporate or education purposes. They also have to choose whether they would like to have servers on school premises or the cloud. Its because when they are on the cloud the maintenance cost is the responsibility of the vendor which is not the case with on-premise servers. Due to low costs, the small schools can opt for the cloud-based server option. 

There are some considerations that a school needs to consider before getting an LMS:

  • Budget
  • Technical knowledge of the school staff 
  • How easily it can be used by the teachers and the school staff 
  • Long term usage in the future 

The schools need to take care of other considerations also which are, accessibility on mobile phones, expandability, how video conferencing can be integrated with it, whether a trial version is given and there is a reporting dashboard for students. There should be the creation of student profiles and management of tests and assessments. There are many elearning companies in the market which are dealing with schools and their educational needs. 

This is how schools can select an LMS for themselves through the help of elearning companies.

 

 

 

19 Nov 2020
online learning in US

Schools moving to online learning all over the world

Schools in Colorado to be shut down from November 30

Online Learning is getting adopted very fast in the world due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, there is news that the US has already started adopting distance learning.
 
The Academy District 20 region in Colorado will make a move to this form of education. This is because already 10 elementary schools in this district are on elearning mode. In fact, since 14% of the teacher-student population is experiencing quarantine, it’s no longer feasible to run schools. There are not many teachers left to teach. Transitioning to elearning is also considered beneficial with the hope that since students will be studying from home, it will lower the spread of Covid-19. Apart from the break caused due to elearning, the district will also experience the break due to Thanksgiving Holidays and Christmas Holidays. This transition to elearning will happen from November, 30th right after Thanksgiving Holidays to 18th December, covering 3 weeks.
 
As per Tom Gregory who is the Superintendent of Schools, this move requires a lot of supervision of children by parents to see whether they are attending online classes or not. He is quite hopeful that since society is taking all the precautions, the learning will soon return to school-based learning. He expects the students to follow all precautions during this quarantine like wearing safety masks and washing hands. They must also follow social distancing measures.
 
Western Schools Corporation sends letter to parents
In another similar move, schools in Indiana will also be shut down. The Western Schools Corporation has sent a letter to parents informing them, that between 15th November and 26th November, education will be imparted in an elearning mode.

This letter which was sent to parents on November 15th stated that 6 members from the student, teacher and management population have been found positive for Corona Virus and hence it’s imperative to shut the school. Since these members must self-isolate, it was not possible to open the school. As per the letter, the staff had been shuffled in the last few weeks so that no shortage was experienced, but now the problem had escalated. When there is no schooling happening, the 6 isolated members won’t have to come to school and hence spread the disease.
 
In Dubai also, 83% of schools are imparting education in an online mode, whereas 17% of schools are running on a classroom basis. The teachers here are finding the move to elearning quite effective because it has brought new technology on the table for them. They can learn devices like Ipad.
 
In schools, blended learning is being followed, where distance education is combined with classroom education sometimes in a week. So, this is where education is headed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

28 Oct 2020
elearning

Elearning is positively affecting schools

It’s true that elearning has an impact on school-based learning. Schools want to continue with e-learning even after the COVID 19 pandemic is over.

Since everything is digitalized in elearning, the efforts of teachers are reduced.

Teachers have more time left for important tasks since the mundane tasks have been digitalized. For example, teachers are saved from the hassle of taking attendance manually because attendance is digitalized now. There are digital attendance systems based on the time when the student logs onto the school’s website. If the student does not log on to the website he is marked as absent.

  • Better learning: Another advantage of the elearning system is that although students are not going to school due to the pandemic, their learning has become better. With augmented reality and virtual reality available to them, students can face the real-world scenarios. This is quite similar to practical training.
  • Better tracking: There is the use of analytics in elearning systems.This tells you about the number of students using the elearning especially when the system’s on a cloud based server. You can also track the time spent on the elearning course with LMS analytics. This informs you about the difficulty level of your course. You can modify the elearning course to expedite the performance of a learner. This way, there will be lesser time spent browsing through the course.

For example, the learners may be finding it difficult to go through a certain section of the course. Then they have high click-off rates. This can be minimized by some rework on the course.

There can also be high click off rates due to learners having a difficult time browsing through the course on mobile. So, the course should be made mobile responsive. This way, users can easily check the course on a smartphone.

  • Learning about marketing strategies: Google Analytics also tells when the school’s website was accessed and where. This implies you can track the number of learners that visited the link to the eLearning system. Since Google analytics lets you know about the sources from which users have clicked on your eLearning page, you know which marketing strategy is working the best.

You can also learn the age, gender of the audience of your eLearning course. You can know even about the device from which your eLearning course was accessed informing you about user preferences.

This way, you can design an eLearning course more suited to the age group, gender and device type.

  • Better knowledge about learner satisfaction: eLearning systems i.e. the LMS have metrics built inside them. This way you can get to know about survey data. This data tells you how satisfied learners were with the system. You can also collate the data of these surveys and create graphs. With such graphs, you get complete knowledge about what users prefer. For example, users might prefer more multimedia in the course.

So, eLearning analytics inform you about every aspect of a learner’s performance. You can also get to know the scenarios chosen by him apart from test scores. That’s why schools want eLearning systems to stay even when Covid is gone.

19 Aug 2015
elearning

Randomize Spinning Wheel

Here we are again with a learning based game!! In this game, every spin of the wheel would be accompanied by the random numbers and some questions. We have used JavaScript for randomizing the numbers. Try it and enjoy…!!

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