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E-learning basics: Authoring tools and learning management systems

There is no denying that technology has changed the world in terms of how learning is delivered to people across the globe. We now live in an interconnected world where the traditional formal learning concept, taking place in a single physical location, is becoming increasingly less relevant.

Skills and experience are essential ingredients that enable an organisation to survive amidst competition. Thus, organisations need to invest in their employees and their development, which, in return, translates into increased employee engagement, higher productivity, better efficiency and greater profits for a business.

With this in mind, e-learning is the current go-to tool by which this can be accomplished. Over the years, it has grown in popularity, with its use and benefits, and widely endorsed by academic entities.

At this point, one may be asking, how can this be achieved, and what software is used? In a nutshell, it is a combination of e-learning authoring tools and learning management systems (LMS).

What are e-learning authoring tools?

The authoring tool is a critical component when creating e-learning content. Using proven training practices, experts in the field help create innovative and interactive courses designed for learners to use on multiple devices. To make sure the content and flow meet the learners' needs, they go through an exploration phase where they dive into understanding items such as who the target audience is, their current level of knowledge on the subject, and how tech-savvy mention a few.

What are learning management systems?

A learning management system, on the other hand, is where the actual e-learning takes place. It is used to plan, assess, and implement a specific learning process. Typically, it provides an instructor with a way to create and deliver content, monitor learner participation, and evaluate learner performance online. In return, a learner can make use of capabilities such as interactive features such as threaded discussions, video conferencing, and discussion forums.

It is in the learner's interest to see how far they have come, how well they have done, and where their education will go next. With the wide range of analytics that comes with most learning management systems, this can be quickly done. This is extremely useful to help keep learners engaged and adding a competitive element.

Skilled and experienced workers are valuable tools that an organisation must have in order to succeed and prosper in today's competitive world. As a result, investing in one's employees should be a top priority for every business.

Conclusion

In conclusion, learning management systems have evolved in response to the demand for innovative educational products that leverage information technology and communication advances. The flexibility to allow learners to undertake courses where and when they please has spurred their growth as now they can fit the learning around their work and family life, rather than the other way around.

References

"Is Digital More Effective than Print or Just Easier to Measure?" Campaign, Haymarket Business Publications Ltd., May 2016, p. 32.

(PDF) Learning Management Systems: An Overview.

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