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8 Key Features In A Learning Management System

24 Jul 2014 by Heather Breedlove

If your district has gone BYOD or 1:1, you now need to take it to the next level. Give students the support they need in an e-learning environment through a learning management system or LMS.

Teachers can easily manage student work, assessments, analyze data all from one place in an LMS. Not only can they manage their own students but can share content and work collaboratively without leaving the LMS.

Shelly Mize from Tarrant City Schools in Tarrant, Alabama loves Compass Learning with Scantron integration, her district’s choice of LMS. Teachers get bombarded with data and then they don’t necessarily know the next step, she says. The LMS helps her to analyze data more effectively and gives her more time to focus on teaching.

While there are many learning management systems available, here are the key features of a good LMS.

  • Mastery Learning - teachers create standards-aligned content for students, track student progress, integrates grading student assessments, data analysis tools built in
  • Discussion forum - in a closed system, not just between teacher and student but between students as well
  • Learning community - a place for teachers to learn best practices, connect with others or get training
  • Social learning tools - uses forums, wikis, chat, blogs, etc.
  • Mobile learning – mobile apps are available for different platforms and offer the same experience as the computer version
  • Integration - with existing district programs, like student information systems or Google Apps
  • Security - teacher and student data needs to be secure
  • Scalability - must be able to grow with the needs of the district

LMS is an essential component to a technology rich classroom. It supports teachers and helps students be prepared for the digital learning environment.

Photo: Scantron & Compass Learning Poster Session at ISTE 2014

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