Your Learning Management System Basics
A Learning Management System (LMS) is an online integrated software used for creating, delivering, tracking, and reporting educational courses and outcomes. It can be used to support traditional face-to-face instruction, as well as blended/hybrid and distance learning environments. Schools use LMS software to plan, implement, facilitate, assess, and monitor student learning. All of these activities are conducted behind a virtual wall that provides a measure of authentication, security, and privacy.
The LMS helps schools maintain the integrity of their educational programs by enabling educators to effectively and efficiently develop courses, deliver instruction, facilitate communication, foster collaboration between students, assess student success, and provide other learning resources for support. This information can be analyzed to detect patterns and gaps in learning for needed remedial student support and overall class improvement. Leaders can access reports by class and overall school performance for improvement planning and data-driven professional development.
Within an LMS teachers can combine/align standards with curriculum/resources and assessments, monitor students’ progress, activities, and other performance outcomes of targeted individualized student learning objectives and overall school improvement initiatives/strategies. Teachers can set the targeted individual student's learning objectives and provide them with immediate feedback on areas needing improvement.
An LMS also provides teachers with one central location for lesson and assessment planning, student feedback portals, parent and family reports, end-of-course grades, just to name a few.
Some basics you should expect from your LMS:
Allows schools to safely organize and store data
Allows teachers to easily update and maintain learning materials
Allows data integration/migration with the local Student Information System (SIS)/NASIS
- Providing teachers an easy way to update student grades in one place
Allows teachers to easily integrate other and/or added learning tools (games, social media, your school logo, etc.)
Allows teachers and administrators the option to customize reporting
- to support targeted learning and training initiatives/strategies
- to track progress and learner performance
Allows for collaborations (peer-to-peer, online discussions, etc.)
Allows teachers to personalize learning objectives for all students
Provides teachers online self-paced professional development for ongoing and independent growth opportunities
Provides customer support via email or phone
As BIE works to provide services and supports to educators, they are also working to offer access to a Learning Management Systems (LMS). In the coming months, we hope to have a timeline of services, professional development, and access.
Digital Learning Resources
Digital learning is defined as “any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience and encompasses a wide spectrum of tools and practices.”
These guides are intended to support teachers, school leaders, and families in leveraging the capabilities of digital tools and resources for teaching and learning. (resources provided by the Department of Education-Office of Educational Technology)
- School Leader Digital Learning Guide
- Teacher Digital Learning Guide
- Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide