Role of Teachers
  Overview
  What Should A Teacher Do?
  Learning Management System
  Features of LMS
  Implementing LMS in School
  How to Obtain an LMS
  Popular Learning Management Systems
  Collaborative Features
  Progress Report & Built-in Tracking Feature
  Other Features
  Facilitation
Role of Students
E-Learning Trends
E-Learning in School


Teachers and facilitators need to comprehend e-learning tools in order to successfully manage a blended learning approach in a primary school environment.


Here is a list of suggestions we encourage teachers to do while incorporating e-learning into the educational curriculum
  • Set up a collaborative environment for interdependent learning among students. Students can learn to work in teams in both the traditional classroom approach and through learning technologies. Teachers must create an environment where students are encouraged to share and contribute to a collective knowledge base.
  • Strike a balance between leading and facilitating. Teachers should try to create an atmosphere where students themselves commit to learning objectives.
What Should A Teacher Do?

In this dynamic learning scenario, teachers are required to play multiple roles. These roles can be classified as:
  • Administrator Role
  • Facilitator Role
  • Technical Role
  • Evaluator Role
Learning Management System

A learning management system is an indispensable software/web based tool that helps manage an e-learning cycle and helps execute and evaluate specific learning processes.

An LMS provides instructors with a platform for creating and delivering content and monitors student participation in online forums. It also provides organized avenues for students to communicate with one another as well as with teachers. An LMS gives students the opportunity to interact online through threaded discussion, discussion forums, and video conferences.

Features of LMS

Some of the important features of a learning management system are:
  • Course calendar
  • Learner messaging and notifications
  • Assessment/testing capable of handling student pre/post testing
  • Display of scores and transcripts
  • Grading of coursework and roster processing, including wait-listing
  • Web-based or blended course delivery
Implementing LMS in School

Judging the ease with which a learning process can be managed, schools are now implementing learning management systems in their schools.

The stakeholders -- management, administrators, and teachers have a critical role in selecting the right LMS that best serves their requirements. Following are the key considerations while selecting an LMS:
  • Knowledge level of school team
  • Size of the school
  • Cost of LMS
  • Existing technology infrastructure
How to Obtain an LMS

Having decided on deploying an LMS for your e-learning management, next is exploring avenues for obtaining the one that best suits your requirements.

Following are the avenues for obtaining a learning management system:

1. Opting for any of the existing free learning management systems: although you can get you an instant platform, yet it may be limiting flexibility. Examples: Moodle and Atutor

2. Opting for an available system that charge on the basis of number of learners registered and the extent of customization sought: although customized for your specific requirements, yet it may not entirely do everything you desire.

3. Opting for a customized LMS altogether: the best of the options as it can be tailored to your specific needs; may prove costly initially, but will be cost-effective in the long-run as it is flexible enough to accommodate any desired feature.

Popular Learning Management Systems

Some of the popular LMS solutions are listed below:

Collaborative Features

The following collaborative features, built into the LMS, support your learning management:
  •  Chat Feature
  •  Messaging Feature
  •  Discussion Forum Feature


Progress Report & Built-in Tracking Feature

Functions such as courses covered, time taken on courses or even attempted exercises with records of the users scores and more, are available. This feature allows users to keep a track of their progress.

This feature facilitates the learner to check his/her own progress in learning. The user progress report generated by K-LMS provides you with log count, total time spent and the status of the course library (started, not started, completed and passed).


Other Features

Notepad Facilitates as scribble pad to note queries or important facts without interrupting the online training session. Users have an option to also view previous notes.

Search A keyword based search that enables you to locate information from anywhere in the product. On clicking this icon, a pop-up window with a search facility is displayed. When you submit a keyword or a phrase, the program displays a list of hyperlinks containing the word or phrase.

Calendar The Calendar feature enables the normal user to enter events of their own and to check the events whenever the user wants. These events are private to every user. User can modify or delete the events.

Facilitation

In his/her role as a facilitator of learning, a teacher:

  • Lends leadership and direction for enabling discussion and interactions (both amongst students as well as between students & teacher).
  • At appropriate times, feeds the learners with topic-related discussion-questions.
  • Assumes the role of a moderator facilitating discussions, and structures required modes of communication.



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