One of the most discouraging realities facing companies is the growing gap in knowledge as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials enter the workforce. Students need to evolve constantly as audiences change and new technology is introduced.
In the same way, online learning trends are moving in exciting directions as new technologies continue to be introduced. It is important to have learning technology to support your future learning needs. Some of these interesting trends include e the buyer exceeds a user or revenue threshold awarded to the seller of the LMS.
Microlearning: microlearning means providing easy-to-access bite-sized learning content. This content will help to better accommodate the shortening of the student’s attention span and encourage learning at the time of need.
Virtual reality: It may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but the reality is that technology is turning virtual reality (VR) into a feasible training method. It is likely that VR simulations and ramification scenarios will become the most effective methods to obtain experiential training.
Artificial intelligence: artificial intelligence (AI) will play an extremely important role in shaping the e-learning industry, as it will allow companies to make more data-driven decisions and offer more specific learning programs.
Even if you are just starting your eLearning strategy, it is important to think about the future and ensure that your learning technology can meet the learning needs of the future. A next-generation LMS can boost performance and achieve your future business goals.
Options for implementing an LMS
Open source: in general, open source learning management system are free and based online. Users can modify the source code to adapt it to their needs and establish a consistent appearance for their learning platform, as well as the content that resides in it. Many of the open source LMS options have active online communities that are a good resource for suggestions and troubleshooting assistance if the user ever hits an obstacle while developing their learning experience. A major disadvantage of open source LMS, however, is that the user will generally need some programming experience to use the system efficiently and effectively.
Business LMS: Also known as Business Learning Systems, business LMS platforms are generally easier to use and provide the user with a variety of services and support features. Enterprise LMS has intuitive user interfaces and, in some cases, asset libraries that help the learning administrator develop and deploy online training materials quickly. This type of learning management system is divided into two categories:
SaaS (Software as a service): usually web-based platforms that offer free updates and the ability to fully scale your system to reflect the needs of the organization today and in the future. The provider offers support services and stores all data in the cloud. SIMTek is a SaaS online learning offer.
LMS installed: these learning management systems are hosted locally in the services of the purchasing organizations, which facilitates the personalization of all aspects of the LMS. Compared to SaaS LMS, in which the provider is responsible for the service and support, it is up to the organization’s internal IT to maintain the LMS and make the necessary updates.
Industry-specific LMS: typically developed for a specific industry and hosts any corporate online training material and assets that the organization requires. Assets could include certifications, online games and other training activities based on industry-specific skills and tasks.
Content Management System of Learning (LCMS) vs. Learning Management System (LMS)
A Content Management System for Learning (LCMS) is software that helps developers and administrators create and manage e-Learning content. These systems are different from an LMS because they do not provide the features that learning administrators need to deliver that content and track the performance of their students.
While there is some transition between an LCMS and an LMS, since both allow users to host and deliver digital learning activities (and both are compatible with SCORM), the key difference is where they specialize, including:
Types of learning: an LCMS specializes in digital learning content, while an LMS allows users to manage learning experiences, including traditional forms of learning and training (scheduling, in-person workshops, facilitating student conversations through social learning forums, etc.).
An LMS like SIMTek allows learning administrators to combine the best of both worlds, bringing together learning content and experiences to establish combined learning plans for their students.
Specification of LMS Support Types
SCORM (1.2 / 2004): The SCORM standard helps tools and e-learning authorship content to communicate with their learning management system. SCORM allows the tools within the LMS to format the e-learning content in a way that can be shared across the platform.
Tin Can / xAPI: The API xAPI (formerly Tin Can API) is an E-learning software specification. This type of software allows learning contents and learning systems to communicate with each other, recording all kinds of learning experiences, which are then recorded in a learning record store (LRS). An LRS can exist within traditional LMS or alone. SIMTek is compatible with the Tin Can 1.0 standard. AICC:
The Aviation Industry-Based Computing Training Committee (AICC) was formed in 1988 to ensure that training material could be developed, delivered and evaluated through the growing number of computer-based training platforms at that time. Soon after, these universal specifications reached beyond the aeronautical community and the world of corporate training, becoming the first standard of e-learning in the world. It was dissolved in 2014 due to the decrease in membership numbers. However, before it was disbanded, the AICC worked to make the content comply with CMI-5 (Computer Managed Instruction), its successor, which conforms to xAPI.
LMS LTI: Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) was introduced by the IMS Global Learning Consortium, which specializes in remotely hosted applications as well as web-based e-learning content. Your SIMTek LMS can import Interoperability Learning Tools (LTI) content as learning objects in both courses and its Central Learning Objects Repository (CLOR). SIMTek is compatible with LTI 1.0 and 1.1 content.