According to SAP Litmos, The purpose of a successful E-learning platform is that it creates a robust learning experience that feels like a classroom experience, offering the traditional classroom characteristics (like instructor-student interaction, Q&As, discussion, games, collaborative projects, quizzes, etc.) but either online or through a device (e.g. a laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile.)

These important learning environments are achieved through a learning platform’s features and tools that create the level of interaction and engagement students need.

Just as there are many learning styles for different types of learners, the learning platform you choose should be able to host different content formats to address your learner’s specific learning styles.

Some examples of content formats include articles, interviews, webinars, charts, PowerPoint presentations, simulations and video, but these are just a select few examples of content formats that can be used in E-Learning.)

Learning platforms should also include content modules, learning modules, evaluation modules, and communication modules, all of which we discuss in this article on Important Modules for an Efficient Learning Management System.

These modules allow for your training program to incorporate a variety of teaching styles for every learner, and allows for learners to boost their performance level and knowledge-retention levels.

Questions to Ask About an E-Learning Platform

Circling back to learning platforms, let’s take a look at some of the important questions to answer when assessing your LMS options.

What are your learner’s needs?

Learners are the central, focal point of your training program, and understanding what they expect to achieve at the end of your training program should be your main goal. Do they want to learn a new skill, like a coding language, or do they want training in a specific business process?

Depending on your industry and business objectives, you will want a Learning Management Solution that offers features that address your learners’ needs. Understanding this aspect is important as it defines how you organize and deliver information throughout the course.

This process of understanding how your training content and course design affects learning is called E-learning development. Continue reading for more on E-learning development.

For example, if your organization is conducting a Human Resources compliance training program for employees across the globe, you would look for certain LMS functionalities like sequential course navigation, benchmark quizzes, display of course progress, etc.

This type of business-wide training does not require a 1-on-1 personal interaction.

If your organization offers a specific training program that requires student-teacher interaction, like teaching foreign languages, or an online college course, an LMS that supports the process of custom course creation, tasking and uploading assignments, comments, etc. would best meet your learner’s needs.

Is your LMS Mobile-Friendly?

Almost everyone carries their mobile phones with them at all times! No matter your industry, learners prefer to have accessibility to training content on-the-go, so that they can have complete flexibility of their self-learning cycle.

Do the research and see what percentage of learners within your industry would like to have training available to them “outside” of using a laptop or desktop. If the percentage is above 30%, you’ll want to make sure that the LMS you choose is compatible with mobile phones

Does your LMS offer integrations with features and systems?

If you’re looking to consolidate the learning experience for the user within one portal, it is important that your E-Learning platform offers an easy app or feature integrations so that the learner doesn’t repeat the same steps or can access other platforms within the same portal.

For example, an LMS feature that simplifies the user experience is the Single-sign-on (SSO). This feature allows the user to access other applications with the same credentials, without repeatedly logging in credentials on different apps within the same LMS.

Will you be overpaying for LMS features you don’t want?

In other words, an LMS that offers high-end features that do not meet the needs of your training program is a waste of money and time. Furthermore, the ultimate downfall of having an overcomplicated LMS is that it complicates the learning experience for the user and most likely leads to frustration and confusion.

One of the most intuitive and easy-to-use, yet powerful learning platforms available today is Pinnacle Learning Management Solution.

Our clients recommend Pinnacle Learning Management Solution for its simple, interactive course content, gamification features, and easy admin.

Does the Learning Management System support your content?


Since an LMS is created to host courses and course content, this checkbox should be clearly marked as a “yes” when exploring different learning platforms.

Some of the E-Learning formats we mentioned above were audio, and video but also include PDFs, XML, MP3s, MP4s, Tin Can, certificates, and more. You will want to create a list of the content formats used in your courses and check that your preferred LMS supports them.

Is your LMS reliable and secure?


One of the more important details to pay attention to when choosing an LMS is how it handles sensitive information.

A security breach could cost your school its reputation and brand image. Ensuring that the LMS has the right security protocols, firewalls and SSL is vital in protecting your content and user’s personal data.

As a school wanting to start your own E-Learning activity, addressing these questions will ensure that you can find the right LMS for your training program.

In addition to selecting the right learning platform for your training, your training material must appeal to your audiences so that your learners keep coming back.

Understanding the E-Learning development process is important for creating course content that is specific to your target learner.

Understanding E-learning Development


E-Learning platforms are a new method of teaching distant audiences. They have their own design and development processes in creating effective teaching courses. E-learning development takes a look at adult learning principles, learning styles, and instructional design principles.

What is E-Learning Development?


E-Learning development is the process of creating technology-based education. The term was originally used to define automated learning systems that allowed students to learn on their own time at their own speed via a computer. The term that proceeded E-learning also known as online learning was, in fact, computer-based training, or CBT.

With the new technologies available to us today, the term E-Learning has come to be all-inclusive of any instruction delivered using technology. This would include a live instructor-led session delivered around the world via common tools like Webex, GoToMeeting, or other conference tools.

Conclusion

Understanding the perfect LMS platform for your students’ virtual learning will go a long way to boost their productivity and put your school on a map. And, the best part is, that’s what Pinnacle School Management Solution is all about.

FAQs

What is E-Learning Development?

E-Learning development is simply the process of creating technology-based education.

How Can I Choose The Best E-learning platform for My School?

Understanding the perfect LMS platform for your students’ virtual learning will go a long way to boost their productivity. That’s why you choose an LMS platform that has features and tools that create the level of interaction and engagement students need.

Is your LMS reliable and secure?

Pinnacle School Management Solution has the right security protocols, firewalls and SSL is vital in protecting your content and user’s personal data.

How Do our LMS learner’s needs?

Depending on your industry, our Learning Management Solution offers features that address your learners’ needs. Understanding this aspect is important as it defines how you organize and deliver information throughout the courses.