A Learning Management System supports a number of learning assets that can be used alongside it to facilitate learning. The four different learning assets that can be integrated in the LMS are videos, webinars, e-assessments and podcasts. Videos can be used in an LMS during training in a classroom. It is sometimes used as an integral part of e-learning as well as a means to address a single learning objective. Apart from being a tool that can be used for just-in-time learning, videos can be accessed through almost all devices, from PCs, smart phones and tablets meaning that they are easy to access. LMS can use live videos or those that have been recorded already (Vayuvegula, 2016).
Webinars are online seminars that are delivered by an expert on a matter in question using PowerPoint presentations. Thanks to the virtual conferencing software that is available nowadays, this is an excellent asset that can be used in an LMS (Ruben.et.al, 2015).
E-assessments are assessments or quiz that is done online and are a very convenient way that sis used to test the knowledge of students. They can be used before training to determine if students are ready for the training, during training as a tool for continuous assessment tests as well as after training to check for knowledge retention. They allow for multiple-choice questions testing scenario as well as the format that allows students to upload work that they have done. Such tools as adobe Captivate and Easy Test Maker are examples of tools that are used for these assessments.
Podcasts are files that are in audio form. Information in a PDF for example can be converted into podcast and used when someone is doing some other thing, such as driving (Vayuvegula, 2016).
Different assets have different modalities of delivery in an LMS. Videos can be used both synchronously, asynchronously and therefore they are recommendable for any organization. Videos can be used synchronously in form of live videos and asynchronously as recorded forms. This flexibility is very important to an organization. E-assessments are asynchronous. They are important tools that can allow for automatic evaluation with automated marking schemes that can save an organization a lot of time and resources. Webinars are also function asynchronously. An organization can call for an online seminar that allows the person who has something to teach to present it to a large number of people. This saves the people the trouble of being physically present in seminar as well as the costs for availing themselves.
The five curriculum objectives that support the learning assets in LMS include facilitate critical thinking and solving problems. Videos are useful for this. Audio-visual clues are excellent in making students acquire skills that are transferable such as critical thinking and skills in problem solving. Another is assisting in mastery learning. This requires a video or a webinar which are, available in LMS. Podcasts are also great tools for achieving this. The third curriculum objective is to engage with students and videos and webinars allow for engagements. In a webinar, an instructor can respond to questions from students. Also, you will want to inspire students and webinars provide a replica of face-to-face instructing. And the fifth curriculum objective is to test and this curriculum requires that there should be assessments and this is where e-assessments can be used. E-assessments can be used in this endeavour.
The key stakeholders that are responsible for managing the assets are LMS content owners, LMS administrators and LMS tech staff are key stakeholders in management of an LMS (Foreman, 2015). Content owners manage the quality of their work as well as giving information to LMS administrators so that they can keep the systems being used up to date. The administrators are responsible for maintaining accurate and thorough content in an LMS. Technical support staffs are responsible for keeping the system running.
The assets allow one to achieve the content goals. Some information can only be conveyed through these means in LMS systems if it is to get into students in an efficient way. The assets also allow achieve in for non-content by enhancing research. The assets lastly allow for achievement of the understanding of the course goal.
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