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LMS Plus allows you and your community to create their own Schools within the community. Inside of those schools you and your community members can create and charge (optional) for access to educational courses. As the site admin, you can set a base commission. As a school owner, or Dean, of the school, you can set a commission rate for courses within your school. Using the power of IPS Group system, the possibilities are endless.
Here is how the LMS breaks down:
Schools: This feature allows your users to create a "University" within your community. Much like a user having their own Blog. School owners can then assign instructors to courses within the school. Courses: Each course has its own sales page and the ability for your users to enroll in each course. You, as the site admin, can choose whether the default display will be Schools or Courses. Modules (a kind of Category for your lessons) Lessons Quizzes and Assignments (coming in a future release) Clubs: optionally you can assign a course to a club, granting access to a course's enrolled students to a club. As you can imagine this opens up a LOT of opportunity and functionality to your students and instructors to setup their own community for each course. LMS Plus is a core application. This means that it is meant to be built upon with applications, plugins, themes, and integrations both by us and by third-party developers. The core application has everything you need to get up and running with creating and selling schools, courses, modules, and lessons.
Quizzes, Assignments, and Certifications are not yet included in this release but they will be added in the near future.
We have created a website for LMS Plus where you can test the system out for yourself as well as provide suggestions, bug reports, third-party applications, and find support documentation (coming soon).
Commerce is required to sell courses using the LMS. We have not tested the application without commerce installed.
LMS stands for Learning Management System.
Learning, because you use it to deliver education courses or training programs.
Management, because it helps you organize these courses (create them, change them, assign them to students, grade them, etc).
System, just a fancy word that translates to "Application" or "Software".
Just like Word helps you write documents and Gmail helps you manage your emails, an LMS is a software program that helps you create, manage and deliver online educational courses
Who uses an LMS?
Anybody who's doing eLearning is using an LMS ― and that includes a whole lot more than just educational institutions.
To give a non-exhaustive list:
Businesses of all sizes, from large multinational enterprises to small and medium businesses. Traditional educational institutions (schools, universities, colleges). Online and eLearning based educational institutions (online schools from Khan Academy to Lynda.com). And now, online communities of all sizes. What are they using an LMS for?
An LMS can be used for all kinds of learning activities. But it's also an invaluable business tool, one that has been embraced by enterprises and organizations big and small.
Here are some of the most common use cases for an LMS platform:
The need to train new employees or teach existing employees new skills is a constant, whether you are an insurance company, a scooter factory, a hospital or a government organization.
With an LMS you can cut down on costs and eliminate business disruptions associated with traditional learning, by letting your employees study the material online and at their own pace.
Employee or Community Member orientation
The all-important task of onboarding a new hire or new community member can be automated and handled easily by an LMS.
It's also a good place to educate your new hires on your company's employee conduct code, privacy guidelines, and race/sexual harassment policies.
Teach your community members how to navigate your community, use the site, forums, applications, etc etc.
Training your employees is one thing, but learning from them is also important. A knowledge retention program ensures that valuable skills, techniques and information stays with your company when your employees leave or retire.
It's also a good fit for an LMS platform, as you don't want this valuable information to just sit in some document management system that nobody ever checks, but to have it available at all times to train new employees or people coming from other departments.
Last, but not least, an LMS is a good fit for general education offerings.
It could be a school selling online lessons, a traditional educational institution supplementing its classroom-based courses, a business educating its clients.
In all these forms, and many more, eLearning is here to stay, to the degree that it might be the very future of learning.
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