The arrival of new technologies and the great advancement that the Internet has had in recent years have caused numerous changes in practically all areas. Education is, in fact, one of the areas that have changed the most and will continue to change to take full advantage of the benefits that Information Technology can have for teachers, students, or educational institutions.
But these changes have also impacted organizations or companies, which have used E-learning as a training model. Due to the multiple benefits, it offers, perhaps one of the most important being the overall cost reduction of such projects.
The most notable changes that can be identified are those linked to the new study modalities. Learning no longer presents barriers of space, time, or place. Even with the possibility of reaching the homes of the most distant users from urban areas or the busiest.
E-learning and training models have ceased to be just another teaching alternative. To become one of the most important educational models of pedagogical innovation with a better future projection.
Technological environments for online education
The online education and training models are implemented through digital platforms called Learning Management Systems or LMS for its acronym in English referring to Learning Management System; These LMS or learning management systems are computer systems that function as web applications, automating the administration of training actions. These virtual teaching platforms (e-learning) through which teachers and students have various technological tools, facilitate the development of teaching and learning processes and in turn, provide other tools of a general nature that facilitate more flexible communication and allow access to information and digital resources for educational purposes.
These systems provide tools that facilitate face-to-face, blended, or completely distance teaching. And the creation of collaborative spaces for multidisciplinary workgroups.
What functions does LMS have?
LMS platforms, as we have already said, are virtual learning spaces aimed at facilitating the training experience even at a distance, both for educational institutions and companies; among its main functions they have:
The creation of Virtual Courses or Classrooms where the interaction between tutors and students occurs through different synchronous and asynchronous tools such as;
- The follow-up to instructional content through lessons enriched with texts, audios, videos, and multimedia content.
- Applying assessments or exercises
- File sharing
- Participation in academic forums
- Task delivery
- Interaction through chat rooms
- Creation of collaborative wikis
- Plus many more tools.
Another important function incorporated into these systems is the monitoring of users. Whether students or teachers in both training and learning.
Additionally, there are visionary platforms that incorporate more advanced systems such as social networks to improve the social interaction of students or users, internal messaging systems, and videoconference rooms or webinars.