E-Learning In Times Of COVID-19 For Business Continuity And ProfitabilityPandemics or diseases with worldwide impact have always triggered the rapid innovations in various i...
Pandemics or diseases with worldwide impact have always triggered the rapid innovations in various industries. We saw it in the rise of ecommerce post SARS virus, and now it is in elearning during the times of COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted the countries all over the world. States and whole countries are closing institutions of learning as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The countries around the world are at their varying rates of COVID-19 infection. More than 1.2 billion students in 186 countries are facing school closures. Teachers and students alike are looking for alternative ways to continue teaching and learning. There has been a sudden shift from the traditional classrooms to virtual classrooms, which has significantly increased the demand for online learning platforms and their adoption on a global scale.
Amidst the changing education landscape, students and teachers have to quickly adjust to new routines that mandate zero-touch with other students and while sharing learning material from others. Learning Management Systems (LMSs) have gained a strong foothold among the student community in such a scenario. Professionals who want to do continuing education courses for their career enhancement are also increasingly subscribing to online courses that they can complete while staying at home, eliminating the risk of COVID-19 and other viral infections.
Bolstering organizational capabilities
To facilitate the new-age digital learning in the times of COVID-19, elearning development solution companies are reinforcing their capabilities to provide unlimited video conferencing, document sharing, whiteboard learning and smart calendar scheduling among others to the learners. Features such as screen sharing allow the participants to make a presentation while still giving input with the help of a microphone. Content Management System or CMS technologies allow the teachers to store course content, test results and student records for future reference.
A good learning management system (LMS) provides reporting tools to generate and store progress reports of the participants. Artificial intelligence (AI) models can solve many problems of the users and create new realistic experiences compared to the traditional models that are linear and based on pre-programmed lessons.
An LMS platform gives you the ability to share all kinds of materials in all formats, such as videos, slideshows and games. Predictive Learning Analytics (PLA) reduces unproductive learning content or scrap learning. By analyzing the PLA data, an organization can better engage participants and teach more effectively.
LMS as a software-as-a-service (SaaS)
A cloud-based Software-as-a-service (SaaS) elearning development solution is a more cost-effective solution compared to an installed one. You don’t have to make a significant capital investment to purchase software on day one. SaaS-based LMS is usually available on an affordable monthly subscription. The cost is decided on your actual usage metrics. You won’t pay for the support, upkeep and maintenance, and will never be charged upgrade cost in the future. A SaaS learning management software allows you to spread the cost of the software across the year, instead of paying for a license per user.
Web applications with persistent capabilities
Web applications and elearning development solutions need to be pervasive, so you can upload files on Google Drive that can be easily accessed by all the program participants. You can use the software from anywhere and any device. So you can work on your eLearning strategy from any device at your most comfortable time.
Teachers can offer a great deal of content and 100% interactivity through video, audio and chat. Real- time notification allows the students to communicate with the teacher without interrupting the class. Students can learn faster at their own pace, as they can go back and re-read, or accelerate through concepts.
Ways to convert learning material into digital format:
Following three ways are often used to covert learning materials
SCORM: It’s a standard for packaging learning courses into special files that can be easily read by any compliant application.
LTI: It is used to connect a third-party cloud-based tool with another learning system.
xAPI: It is better suited for mobile learning (mlearning) applications, game-based learning and the latest trends involving augmented reality, artificial intelligence, blended learning and mixed reality.
Collaboration tools to promote inclusion and personalization of learning:
Three types of eLearning platforms are available:
Online learning: In this model, students take up a course they like. The user is served the content remotely. The administrator tracks the progress and issues certification upon the course completion.
Elearning marketplace: The virtual learning platform has students and teachers onboard. Students can choose the course and teacher they need. The platform offers interactive elements such as quizzes, gamification and progress tracking.
Web conferencing: Virtual classroom is provided to facilitate online group learning. Such platforms are used by universities and colleges that need to engage a large number of people into learning activities.
Clear buyer value
Clear buyer value is important for a business to market and sell its learning assets. This value should be able to be viewed by the buyer through a short excerpt without purchasing anything. You can provide a short description of the platform, course, the number of credits to be earned, certifications and badges, etc.
Virtual classrooms can be used for hosting live seminars and conferences. Videos provide an easy way to teach and collaborate online with the program participants.
Feature-rich high-quality LMS
A high-quality LMS facilitates the users to receive eLearning from a variety of devices such as laptops, desktops, mobile phones and tablets. It should include all the solutions in the same educational environment for a successful learning experience. Having content in the cloud provides for easy availability and updating, without having to stop the teaching cycle. Educators can create and update content, and also publish it in an agile way.
You can offer paid lessons that users can buy and process at will. Free version or a free trial period can help in bringing learners while your paid version with extra benefits, personalization and priority services will help monetize your course content. Moreover, if a learner or a course vendor buys through your system, you can take a cut of the transaction
Let’s start your LMS together
The change in the education system and learning strategy has become necessary in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Challenges in the conventional learning methods which are repetitive and involve fixed classroom learning can be overcome by a robust LMS.
The traditional model of classroom learning has become too old in the current tech-savvy era, and especially in view of COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. Leveraging its over a decade if expertise in software development, Flexsin Technologies can develop and deliver smart LMS solutions that suit your business needs, be it an educational institute, university, school, college, governmental or non-governmental organization. We can design the architecture and structure the code of your LMS to be easily scalable and ready to take up the high load as the demand peaks.
We ensure that the deployment of LMS is simple so that you are up and running in no time. You can easily integrate your LMS with your administrative system for seamless data exchange.