Through the years, new technological discoveries and inventions are changing our way of living. Since then, many industries and institutions have been revolutionized, and the education sector is probably one of the most heavily influenced.
The impact of technology in education allowed for new ways of teaching and learning. For the most part, tech has reformed how we see education in terms of a time, space, and its potential, allowing the creation of new areas of education and the use of new platforms for education, such as Learning Management Systems (LMS).
With Learning Management Systems, educators and learners are now able to provide and access a consistent set of materials and resources. They are also afforded the convenience of remote interaction through emails, online forums, and discussions through video call conferencing. Learning Management Systems also allow for a more thorough curriculum administration, documentation, and student learning evaluation. Let’s take a closer look at how Learning Management Systems is helping students learn better.
Richer materials for students
A Learning Management System allows educators to integrate rich media such as images and videos to make their learning materials more interesting for their students. Numerous effects of videos and other visual cues in student development have been noted, such as mastery in learning, enabling thinking and problem solving, and authentic learning opportunities. Through videos and other types of media, teaching complex ideas are easily conveyed and comprehensible, helping students to absorb them more effectively.
Consistency in learning
One of the most relevant criticisms on the internet related to education is the environment user-generated information it has created. Because almost all internet users have the means to publish on the internet, unverified facts, inaccurate information, and fake news are becoming a hurdle in students’ learning. Learning Management Systems solve this issue by providing students with a centralised content resource so every student has only a single source of information, leaving no room for students to use outdated and unverified e-books and online journals.
Better results through engagement
As learning through LMS become more engaging and less boring, students learn more effectively. A study released in 2012 enumerates substantial results brought about by engagement in students, such as:
- stronger student motivation to learn
- improved learning experience
- potential of students for deeper learning of ideas
- more independent approach to learning
- an improvement in team work and communication skills
Of course, heightened student engagement would still depend on the types of modules uploaded by educators and materials used by students on the system. Teachers must do their part and utilize LMS to its full potential, so students can perform and reflect better results.
Faster calibration of student learning
Since Learning Management Systems can store the class’ reading materials, modules, exercises and exams, teachers are provided with a direct view of their students’ progress through easy tracking and reporting.
Since their progress is tabulated and scores are organized, this is helpful for students because they can justifiably see their progress in a course. They can easily read back on learning materials, plus they also have visibility on scores of past exams and exercises, making it easy for them to assess their performance.
Faster feedback from students
Learning Management Systems also allow teachers and students to be transparent with each other. Educators can share their course outline ahead of time to students when necessary. From this, students could then voice their concerns and bring suggestions forward to make changes in the course outline, or even add resources in their outline should they see fit. This allows students to raise feedback to their teachers, allowing a two-way exchange of knowledge between teachers and students.
Proven improvements in student’s learning
While there are arguments around how big of an impact is being made by Learning Management Systems to students, there is substantial information that supports its effectiveness. When using LMS in teaching Science, LMS was found to make it easier for students to interact, allowing opinions and suggestions, as well as challenges and difficulties, to be exchanged in real-time. Furthermore, a study conducted in 732 schools in the United States found that adoption of LMS saw a 1%-2% positive year-to-year change in test scores. Though this is small, it is still statistically significant. Despite this, it’s worth noting that adopting Learning Management Systems is unlikely to hamper student improvement.
As modern-day classrooms are now equipped with screen projectors, computers for each student, and even VR headsets – and while educators are now able to provide an easier access to learning materials and interact with their students remotely – new and innovative ways of learning become very relevant for students and educators alike. Undoubtedly, technology has changed our traditional learning structures.