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What is a course management system?

A course management system (CMS) is a compilation of programming instruments given an online domain to course communications and it could help you in your business activity by making your learning process more effective. It is in general used as a collection of online instruments and situation; some of them are given as it follows:

A platform to share syllabus and class material between student and teachers:

  • Students can post their assignments and papers;
  • An open forum to display the grades of the students;
  • A podium to publicise the changes in the student’s schedule;
  • A stage for proper interaction between faculty and students;
  • A rostrum permitting offbeat correspondence among students.

Likewise, a course management system is regularly incorporated into different databases in the college so whenever a student registers a course, he’s naturally enrolled in the Course Management System as members in that course. The faculty doesn’t notice course plan on regular basis, so the Course Management System suggests them to make an efficient one, utilising these frameworks.

This article further discusses what tips instructors should consider when they exchange information on the podium called course management system. People who are experienced can use these tips for the cross checking but following tips are mainly for the first timers.

Technical tips

  • A Course Management System gives you a list of modules, and an option to study your favourite one (you can customise its features by turning it off and on, for example, if you want to have an online chat room, you can use it without disturbing others and can switch it off when you’re done using it);
  • You’ll probably be presenting content on your forum by contributing content into a content box on the website. For the lengthy sentences in the content, you’d have to sort it first in a word processor after that drag it to the CMS content box;
  • Web programs are normally less steady than word processors, and word processors frequently have auto-spare settings that save content from time to time as you write. You’re less likely to lose your data, on off the chance that you have kept your content on a Course Management System even if your computer crashes or your server drops the association with the internet. You’d have your own duplicate on your computer if you save the file after pasting the text into the web page.

Didactic tips

  • Decide on a few choices about how you will utilise this diverse stage of CMS, and explain these decisions to your students;
  • Make it clear to the students how regularly they should check CMS if it is essential for the class declarations;
  • Make your goals clear to the students, and consider it as a duty to convey them, whenever you want to amend the syllabus, as you can change the course plan which is given in the CMS, depending upon how you conduct you semester (as undergraduate might  judge that syllabus will stay essentially the same);
  • In case you’re utilising an online debate or a converse tool, inform the students about the parts they have to play in that conversation. Will you be a dominant member? Or will you correct their posting that reflects that they have misunderstood the course material?;
  • CMS might change your stance in class because of the exposure. In case you want to broadcast your lectures, think before you post your lecture because it’ll vary if other students have access to the notes. Your supposition on this will probably depend on to some extent whether you make your posts open before or after your class meet ups.

Advantages and disadvantages of CMS

  • Time saver: It saves a lot of time of trainers so they could teach the trainees separately, as the data compilation features take no time and no proper concentration of the trainer. He could easily save his data and use it later on whenever it's required.
  • Notifications: There should be a notification system which notifies the activities of trainees to a trainer and they could easily coordinate with each other. In this way the trainer would know, where this trainee is lacking and which concept is not clear to him and why is it not clear. It will make them send the quick help and will work hard on trainee’s ability to work.
  • No Physical Activity: The most disturbing drawback of this technology is that CMS is making people lazy, as many jobs required the attainment of physical skills which clearly can’t be taught or tested online.
  • Tunnel View: Another disadvantage is, if the student is learning through the internet, he/she will never realise the importance of interaction. It’s a tunnel view for them, they might not understand that going to institutes to get live lectures can enhance their skills to a greater extent. Asking questions there and then to teachers gives you a broader perspective of everything.

Some (final) thoughts

A course management system comes with both advantages and disadvantages and one should be fully aware of them in order to make the most out of their activity.

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