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There is no denying we live in an immersive technological world.  The global community has never before seen such capacity to be connected, informed, and empowered thanks to digital advancements. The same opportunities to leverage the power of technology exist within our educational system, yet we have been slower to embrace this digital shift in our schools.


Many factors can contribute to a school or district’s digital delay, including budget, infrastructure, and culture.  Why is it that our schools have Facebook pages, yet they block social media in the classroom?  Ultimately, we owe it to our students to provide rich, meaningful experiences that allow them to take control of their learning with anytime, anywhere access to content.   At the same time, we are helping them build a responsible digital footprint.  A Learning Management System is an essential component to this digital re-design.


What are the benefits of an LMS?


There are several advantages to a comprehensive learning management system, including:



Centralized Instruction

Every class deserves a digital home.  By providing a centralized platform to build, share, and explore content, learning can take place seamlessly, cutting down on transition times and increasing engagement.  Teachers can create and deliver content while simultaneously monitoring participation and providing timely assessment and feedback opportunities.


Anytime-Anywhere-AccessAnytime, Anywhere Access

Giving students 24/7 access to content and resources fosters ownership of their academic journey and ensures timely support when they need it most.  Cloud-based platforms are ideal for today’s mobile learner, allowing for communication and collaboration from virtually any device.  Easily facilitate flipped and blended instruction by extending learning beyond the bell.


Personalized-LearningPersonalized Learning

According to the National Education Technology report, personalized learning means instruction is paced to learning needs, tailored to learning preferences, and tailored to the specific interests of different learners.  Personalized learning is virtually impossible without the presence of technology.  Within an LMS, a framework is provided to foster learner-led environments where students have voice and choice over how, when, and where they learn.  Teachers can tailor instruction to meet the unique needs of learners by providing multiple resources for a given concept and allowing students to utilize the content that best reflects the way they learn. Instead of a one-size-fits-all assignment, the LMS provides a vehicle for organizing and supporting a multitude of digital media formats students can use to demonstrate their understanding.


Communication-and-CollaborationIncreased Communication and Collaboration

Creating open lines of communication with students and parents promotes a sense of community within your classroom.  An LMS offers multiple avenues for increased communication including discussion boards, in-platform messaging, announcements with mobile notification capabilities, and even blogging.  An LMS should offer a parent portal to encourage school to home connections.  Students gain valuable experience by exercising appropriate digital citizenship through online exchanges of ideas and opinions, supporting a collaborative learning environment with multiple contributors of content.


Enhanced-OrganizationEnhanced Organization

Without proper organization and sequencing of content, digital learning can be challenging.  Your favorite tools and resources can become lost in a sea of bookmark menus and post-it notes.  When the proper LMS is implemented, there’s no more digging to find content.  Teachers can increase efficiencies with a platform that allows for a clear learning path with search and filter capabilities.  Keep in mind that not all learning management systems are created equal.  Many “free” options limit design functionality to an activity stream or folder system.   A full-feature LMS like Converge provides true course creation where content is organized into learning modules to mimic instructional flow.  The best LMS platforms (Converge makes this list!) provide simple reset features so you can re-use courses year after year, cutting redundancy out of the equation.


Learning management systems offer much more than a place to post assignments or share an occasional announcement.  They open doors to immersive digital learning experiences that promote increased engagement, collaboration, and flatten classroom walls.  Whether you’re considering a 1:1, adopting a BYOD, or only have a few devices to share, an LMS streamlines instruction and can truly inspire learning without limits.  Ready to explore options?  Check out Converge Learning Management System and schedule a demo today to discover the possibilities.


About The Author

Tiffaney Lavoie currently serves as the Director of Instructional Media and Design at Edvergent Learning. An educator with a business background, she has served over 60 school districts in Kentucky as an instructional technology consultant where she developed and delivered professional learning opportunities and partnered with school and district technology rollouts. A former middle school teacher, Tiffaney has a passion for effective technology integration and recognizes the importance of accessible digital tools to support teaching and learning. She has presented on a state, regional, and national level, and values immersive digital learning environments that better equip students to compete in a global society.