Learning Management Systems and Teaching English

What is an LMS?

LMS is an acronym for “learning management system and it roughly can be called and thought as an online classroom or school. With the help of these systems, teachers can communicate with their students easily and send them exercises, projects, tutorials and so on.

What is possible with an LMS?

You, as a teacher, can upload or design an exercise to be solved for a specific period of time by your students and analyze your students’ results with just one click and design your learning path based on these results. Since your students will have their accounts for the system, sharing the link for the exercise or any other interactive content with students is enough, it may be done via Whatsapp or in the platform which you use to keep in touch. When the student clicks the link, s/he can be directed to the LMS.

So, what are the advantages of an LMS?

Firstly, students can engage with your teaching content whenever they want, and this gives them the flexibility to determine their studying schedule and if the LMS is the only platform you use for teaching those students, then they will not be spending their valuable time by commuting for classes.

Moreover, one of the most important properties of an LMS is the reporting capabilities. Teacher(s) on the system can analyze exam exercise results of their students with just one click. While an LMS’s reporting capabilities are based on the version or package you have bought, mostly it is possible to use the reports to see what is missing or going wrong. Thus, the teacher can step in and support the weak points of a student after analyzing the reports in detail.

Furthermore, reports can be used to evaluate and see the overall situation of the class rather than individuals. With the help of this, the teacher can see if his/her teaching goes well or wrong. For instance, after performing a test containing questions about the Tenses, it can be seen which question was answered correctly by whom and with what percentage, such as “Question 1, option 2 is answered correctly by 70% of the class”. This information can give a valuable data about what topics you, as a teacher, should cover or give importance during the following lessons.

to be continued…

updated: 12.12.2017

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