Schools and higher educational institutions are now keenly aware that a transformation of the prevalent education system is essential to meet the aspirational needs of the new generation. The challenge for large institutions to stay relevant in times of rapid change can be addressed, in some measure, by keeping pace with the digital revolution.
Apart from a well-maintained school eco-system (infrastructure and facilities) and committed teachers, digitising administrative and learning processes for more productive learning, have become the need of the hour.
Learning Management Systems are being created to help schools meet their modern-day requirements. In generic terms, a learning management system (LMS) helps schools transfer their systemic and educational processes, as well as student and academic resource management, to a digital platform. It facilitates easy course content creation, question bank compilation, automated weightage and totalling, tracking and reporting and a whole lot more features that simplify school and curriculum management.
So, when technology offers you just the solution you’ve been looking for, why not use it to empower the school and teachers? There are learning management system companies offering software with varied features – schools have to choose one that has a combination of features that works best for them.
Here’s how an LMS sets the stage for increased productivity and efficient learning in schools…
Flexible system: It complements existing ERP systems to manage most administrative work like fees, payroll, etc. but focuses on creating and maintaining best academic practices. Data maintenance becomes a breeze for administrators, while academic resources focus on their core task.
Reduces workload: Helps reduce teacher workload by automating mundane duties and administrative tasks, thereby creating more time for teachers to prepare for and improve on classroom engagement. Training platform: It works as a platform for internal training of teachers and implementing class-wise or school-wide changes in curriculum.
Regular updates: Helps maintain regular communication with parents, updating them about student performance and progress in academics and co-curricular activities.
Tracks performance: Helps teachers track student performance, generating timely feedback to help students understand concepts better.
Accessible 24X7: Web or cloud-based LMS can be accessed anywhere/anytime by administrators, teachers and students – but each stakeholder will be given access only to the data that is relevant to them.
Performance analysis: Data and information collected and stored in LMS systems can be used to analyse student performance and teacher performance by subjects, classes, etc.
Completes teaching-learning cycle: LMS has the potential to integrate lesson plans, practice/homework assignments, assessments and feedback, thereby completing the teaching-learning cycle in the same system.
In advanced countries with ample infrastructure and resources, all content/assessments and communication can be delivered and accessed online, via computers or mobiles. In countries where technology is present, but lagging, the LMS needs to be flexible enough to accommodate a healthy mix of paper-based and system-based approaches, not compromising reduced teacher-effort in repetitive tasks.
A flexible LMS will not be board or curriculum specific, thus enabling integration of current school systems and content into the database. With the capability to support administrators, teachers and students with the assistance they need, in a format they can easily adapt to, an LMS facilitates a ‘thinking’ mindset as opposed to a ‘doing by rote’ mindset. This sets the stage for generating new content and new ideas that will lead to implementing modern teaching methodologies.
With student/class/teacher performance and feedback tracked and available at the click of a button, the school administration has timely information to take necessary action, in terms of tweaking teaching methodologies, introducing outside consultants, implementing training sessions and the like. This directly improves the teaching and learning outcomes across the school.
September 07, 2019
Skill-Based Education Is The Need Of The Hour
With a sweeping change from the Industrial Era to the Digital Age – a whole new world of job opportunities has opened up for the present generation. Skill-based education is no longer a choice, but ‘the need of the hour’. That is where modern-day learning management systems come into play, simplifying learning processes, teaching methodologies and tracking skill levels over the years. The last two decades have seen a great mismatch between the education system and the right skillsets required for youngsters to be employable in the modern world. Intelligent learning management systems bridge the gap between the teaching-learning experience and the real-world job market.
With the pace at which technological advancements are taking place, we can rightly predict that children entering primary school today, will find a completely different set of jobs awaiting them when they graduate.The World Economic Forum Report - The Future of Jobshighlights the changes expected in the next five years in relation to the ‘relevant education versus actual job requirement’ dynamic. The report states: “In many academic fields nearly 50% of subject knowledge becomes outdated from the 1st to the final year of a technical degree.” Most businesses in the national and global arena are coming to terms with the fact that times have changed, and the need to invest in re-skilling or up-skilling their existing employees to meet the challenges of the future and prolonging their careers. This lends credence to theEmployability Report India 2019which highlights that 80% of engineers are not employable in India. Previously unheard-of job titles such as Social Media Manager, SEO Analyst, Data Scientist, Cloud Architect etc. have emerged . Even yester-year job profiles require essential skills like complex problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and ICT skills.
What do modern-day employers look for in a candidate?
Beyond subject-specific knowledge, employers and businesses look for the following skills and attitudes as essential requirements to carry out tasks and responsibilities in this dynamic work environment. Skills: Complex problem-solving skills, critical thinking and decision-making skills, good oral and written communication, time management etc. Attitudes: Cooperation and collaboration, taking initiative and a leadership mentality, being productive and taking accountability, being flexible and adaptable, willingness to continuously update knowledge and skills etc.
What can be done to be future-ready on the job front?
How do we revamp the way learning is imparted to ensure students develop the necessary skills to equip them for changing job markets? A dynamic shift in attitude and priorities of parents, children and education boards is essential to make children are future-ready. And it has to happen right now!
Many of the skills and attitudes need to be inculcated and developed at the school level. Teaching, assessments and feedback should not be limited to subject topics alone, but include development of skills, attitude and aptitude in every learning activity, whatever the subject.
With so much resting on every teacher’s ability to do this, it is difficult for schools to enforce consistency in assessments and monitoring progress in skill development. In order to overcome these challenges, schools should consider the option of adopting learning management systems to simplifying learning processes, teaching methodologies and leverage emergent student skill profiles and prepare them for the future.
An intelligent learning management system is one that can adapt to every student's learning capability and behaviour. It should also be able to automate mundane tasks and processes, freeing up teachers to focus on modern teaching methodologies. Learning by rote is outdated and needs to be replaced by assessment patterns standardised to frame questions that require students to tap into the relevant skills necessary to answer correctly. These skill-based assessments will track student skills and performance, generating actionable insights for teachers and students.
In colleges and universities, it is imperative that subject knowledge along with hands-on experience is combined to further hone the skillsets of the students. Only then will they stand a fighting chance in not just staying afloat but rising to greater heights in work environments of the future!
Continue to the next article for initiatives by Governments and private organizations around the world to address this problem.