Before I start discussing about the cloud-based LMS and its features, let’s find out what cloud computing exactly means. The concept of cloud computing has evolved because of the changing needs and demands of organizations and individuals to make things faster and of course within a short period of time.
Technology experts have developed various cloud-based software and solutions that can be easily installed on a computer’s local server and can be used by anyone using the Internet. For example, in the case of emails, some people email Using programs installed on their computer, e.g. Microsoft Outlook, while others use public email services as offered by Google or Yahoo. Cloud-based services therefore help to create and implement events, training programs and classes with greater ease and efficiency without having to buy, download or install software or hardware.
Now focusing back on LMS, it has been recently noted that the education industry has understood the importance of cloud computing. Therefore, they have started using various cloud-based Learning Management Systems or LMS to complete classes without the hassle and stress. Some of the open source LMS, such as Moodle, is fast moving up the popularity ladder for teachers to create classes or courses in a most cost-effective way!
Now let’s discuss some of the basic features of a cloud-based LMS.
Cost effective solution
LMS is available as a “software as a service” (SAAS) solution, making it very cost effective. Anyone can use such a learning platform at any time without worrying about buying, installing, downloading or maintaining any expensive equipment.
Online registration for classes
Prospective students can easily log on to Moodle or such learning management portals to register in a class. Registration is available 24×7 from all regions of the globe. Students just need a computer with an internet connection to start registering their names to start the learning process.
Easy view of course catalogs
Students can easily view all course catalogs online and search for any useful course material right away. LMS system makes class courses and resources readily available around the clock.
Students can chat, email, and discuss about a course or lesson with other students and the teacher in real time. LMS systems also provide audio / video conferencing facilities to make the learning process a more engaging and exciting affair.
Tracking and reporting
The LMS allows immediate tracking and monitoring of the progress made by each student in relation to the path indicated by the teacher. The system also helps to quickly review student performance records and prepare reports based on such reviews.
Immediate capacity evaluation
The LMS allows class organizers to evaluate an individual before attending a course, during the course being completed and when the course is completed. Teachers can review students ’performance in all these stages to understand their level of understanding and success. Based on these evaluation methods, organizers can offer customized courses based on individual learning styles, capabilities and potential.