In its origins and still today, a university is a special institution. It is a community of academicians, staffs, and students with a core purpose to generate and impart understanding, across the generation.

As president of the university, there is a lot to weight in when deciding what’s best for your institution. This includes employing the right tools to maximize the learning potential of your students. A rather vital consideration to make since it is a deciding factor to ensure your university stays relevant in the market. 

By now, we are certain that you’ve probably heard quite a number about learning management system – the archetypal online learning platform.

Deploying the right learning system could actually help sharpen your institution’s competitive edge. If you are the CEO, you would want to make use of it for strategic reasons. 

And you’re probably wondering how. Then, we assure you that you have come to the right place.

This article will explore the many benefits a learning management system could bring to your institution.

A Knowledge Base for All

Why is a knowledge base important for your institution?

Knowledge should not be kept personally. It is meant to be passed down from one individual to another. However, due to the ever-changing human behavior, retaining knowledge within the organization is almost close to impossible.

As a vice-chancellor, you can’t afford to have your institution operating solely based on the hearsays of senior lecturers or staffs. The way people perceive things are different and it definitely would affect the authenticity of the information delivered.  In the end, you are just running a university based on the perception of others.

That is one path that should be avoided at all costs.  

Rather than relying on invalidated information, you should call for a standard documentation that will act as guidelines and pointers for the next person in-line.

This is where a learning management system comes into the picture.

More than just a teaching platform, the LMS can be used to build an effective knowledge base that would provide your institution with a long-term benefit. It is where you can save relevant information pertaining to the work done in your institution so others can access it later.

The knowledge base is a great way to preserve the explicit knowledge as it contains the SOPs, process steps as well as job aids that are important to your establishment.

Information that we know should NOT  be inherited through water cooler conversation.

Build Creativity through Interactions

If you have been in the education industry for over than a decade, you may notice that our education business is still the same as it was 20 years ago.

Don’t you think that for an institution that claims to equip students for the world of tomorrow that we are surprisingly underprepared? The whole ‘sit and stare’ routine throughout the entire 2-hour lecture needs to stop because truth to be told, it is time for us to admit that the typical classroom is not set up to encourage creativity.

According to Martin Large, CEO of Steljes Group,

Devices which promote engagement and collaboration bring huge value to the learning environment.

This is one of the main reasons why the CEOs should put a significant amount of thoughts on getting a robust learning management system for their campus.

Bringing theoretical classes online by uploading the course’s materials for students to read before attending classes creates a more interactive and enjoyable classroom experience.

Gen Z, after all, is always a step ahead and we are sure that they would have done their research beforehand. This, in return, reduces the learning time as your lecturers can dive straight into the Q&A sessions. The Q&A sessions would help diagnose the students’ understanding of the learning content while improving their communication skills.

If your vision is to produce high quality of graduates, then learning management system is the right investment for you. 

Do It Gen Z’s Way

Welcome to the Digital Age.

If you are planning on staying long in the race of the ever-growing education industry, we’d suggest you keep up. The path to attracting active students no longer lie in beautifully crafted hands out but rather through the use of technology itself.

Forget photocopied notes!

Make full use of the learning management system’s capability instead. 

Encourage your lecturers to upload the course materials online where it is easily accessible by the students. This allows them to choose the order in which they study the course and starts to learn at their own pace. Even those who are on the go can log in to the platform from their smartphones and tablets.

According to a study conducted by Jonathan G. Tullis and Aaron S. Benjamin, in a self-paced learning –

“Students choose what to study, how to study, when to study, and how long to study; these self-regulated aspects of learning have important implications for the effectiveness of their learning efforts and achievement in education.”

Self-paced learning is definitely a recipe for success and the learning management system is the platform that will guide you there. 

This is an important aspect that no CEO should overlook. 

Reduce & Reuse

Very often in a university, what is viewed as an improvement for one party is seen as a detrimental change for another. As an example, your students may prefer cheap, easy and standardized courses but your lecturers, on the other hand, may view such courses as under-resourced and inappropriate for different types of student.

As the head of your institution, you would have to come up with the best decision to balance out the creative tension between these two parties while ensuring the well-being of your guild remains intact. The path to follow here is the pursuit of best practice.

What is the best practice to follow?

Despite delivering a world-class education is the main core of your existence, you don’t want to execute it at the expense of other resources. If you look closely, one of the success factors for an institution’s growth is the learning management system. 

Besides diminishing the internal segregation of knowledge, the learning management system reduces operating cost by erasing the need for paper products, physical classrooms as well as travel expenses for lecturers.

Learning management system such as Microsoft Teams also functions as an online classroom where lecturers could carry out lessons just as they would in a physical classroom. Conducting classes online allows you to save resources such as utilities, classrooms and teaching powers.

With all these resources freely available on your campus ground, you would want to re-align your organization’s strategy and utilize them in ways that would generate short-term or long-term revenue.

Though the learning management system requires an initial capital for successful implementation, the right LMS however, often gives a good ROI by lowering the operating costs over time.

 

 

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