Owing to the poor student-teacher ratio, teachers are unable to provide individualized attention to students. Based on a student’s performance, the Learning Management System (LMS) adapts to a student’s needs and provides customized solutions to them. Thus, LMS is largely able to fill the gap.
LMS facilitates both resource and session management. Teachers can share the lesson plans and course overview with students as and when required. This could enable active learning, if implemented effectively. Instead of being just passive recipients of knowledge, learners can now suggest certain preferred modules to be included in their course.
Asset Creation & Management:
In-built applications like spreadsheet, word processor and slideshow presentations allow creation of test papers and course materials. This saves both time and energy. Teachers can access, add and edit the repository as and when required.
Monitoring & Tracking:
Relevant and actionable reports on the performance of both teachers and students are presented based on their use of the course material.
How is PLMS Different from LMS?
Contrary to LMS, which reacts to a user’s command or request, PLMS is designed to bring about constructive action rather than just responding to commands. As defined by David L. Tennenhouse, proactive systems work on two premises – on behalf of the user, and also, on their own initiative, without any instruction from the user. PLMS provides a continuous analysis of the user’s online interactions. Here, the learning is continuous and there is a strategic effort to meet the predefined learning goals of pedagogical theories like problem-based learning, situated learning, etc.