Digital learning is an exciting, engaging way to enhance your students’ development from anywhere in the world. It gives educators the freedom to share rich, interactive content for deeper learning, and for students, teams, or coachees, it’s more convenient, accessible, and cost-effective than a traditional passive approach.
If you’re ready to involve others in their own growth with e-learning solutions for your classroom, practice, or employees, consider this your How-To guide to getting started. We’ll show you what to look for in the best online learning software, and exactly how to use it to enrich your student’s learning journeys.
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What is an Online Learning Management System?
An online learning management system is a purpose-built software solution that organizes, delivers, reports, and tracks educational content.
Used widely in organizations, schools, and development solutions such as coaching or psychoeducation, learning management systems (LMS for short) can be used to:
- Monitor, and
- Evaluate instructional programs and courses.
For coaches, professional educators, and telehealth practitioners alike, they can be a highly effective way to reduce the amount of time spent on creating content, delivering modules, back-end administration, and progress reporting.
For this reason and a few more, LMS have grown enormously in popularity over the past decade to provide richer, more wide-reaching development solutions to learners across the world.
14 Benefits of Using Online Learning Platforms
Online learning platforms are specially designed to involve learners in their development – not only by boosting learning efficiency but by putting them in the driver’s seat to invite empowerment.
- Opportunities to connect and collaborate globally,
- The freedom to personalize learning experiences,
- The possibilities of peer-to-peer learning and support when chat, videoconferencing, discussion forums, or social media are involved,
- Convenient, quick access to online learning module content and resources,
- Ease of access from remote locations and on the go,
- The potential to develop numerous learners at once, throughout international organizations and teams,
- Consistent or standardized learning content,
- More efficient sharing and delivery of online learning modules, and
- The power to record, monitor, or track students’ learning activities.
Improving School Performance with Software
Online learning software has grown enormously in popularity over the past decade as a way to provide richer, more wide-reaching development solutions to learners across the world.
When it comes to education, online learning software has many benefits.
As technology education researchers Vannucci and Colla point out, there are two main ways it often enhances school performance.
First, school learning software allows educators to use multimedia:
- This provides a novel, more engaging approach to learning by attracting students’ attention, especially when images like cartoons, characters, dialogues, and movies are included.
- It also upgrades the nature of the learning experience through greater depth and perspective, e.g. students can listen to musical compositions vs. reading about them, or explore dynamics through video.
On top of this, online learning software is more interactive:
- It gives users freedom of choice, choosing how to interact with the software itself, and
- Students can stop or start when they like, even deciding how much detail they’d like to dive into further with links and hyperlinks.
Put simply, the key to using software for deeper, more engaging classroom experiences is to make good use of multimedia and all the possibilities available for interactive learning.
This can dramatically alter how students learn, transforming it from a passive, conventional mode to one that puts pupils in charge of their education.
What is the Best Learning Software For Classes?
So, clearly software can enrich how students learn, but how do you find – and use – the right tech for your classroom?
While many LMS offer a range of tools for content creation, sharing, tracking, and organizing learning materials, it’s very easy to end up with more bells and whistles than you signed up for.
Perhaps most critically, the best learning software for classes should be user-friendly; once you’re confident that your students won’t struggle to navigate it, finding the right learning software comes down to how you envision your content.
This table will give you a good idea of essential tools and features to look for in the best learning software for your class, based on your goals. We’ve used Quenza, our online learning software, as an example:
Activity Building Tools
Structuring programs or courses
Online Module, Program, or Pathway Tools
Mobile learner apps
Results and Reporting
7 Unique Tools Featured in Quenza
Quenza is a powerful online learning software for designing lessons, building modules, and organizing curricula for your students. With plenty of opportunities to customize, personalize, and even standardize your learning materials, it can be a great way to engage and educate classes, individuals, or coaching clients.
As you can see in the table, it comes with a range of unique capabilities for sharing and delivering pure e-learning or complementary modules within your current curricula.
While it might sound like a lot, it comes down to a few easy-to-use online tools and features; these are your:
- Activity builder
- Pathways tool
- Quenza Chat
- Real-time progress tracking
- White Label features
- Personalization capabilities, and
- Mobile apps for students.
Best of all, Quenza is private and secure; it uses advanced, HIPAA-compliant AES encryption to collect and store all your students’ information – from quiz answers to chat logs and your reports.
E-Learning with Quenza: Teacher’s Guide to Creating Online Learning Modules
Looking for a step-by-step walkthrough of how you can use Quenza to create online learning modules?
Quenza’s Expansion library is the perfect place to start – consider this your all-in-one free resource for customizable, personalizable lesson templates.
Starting here, you can search for different Expansions based on your students’ learning goals to find an Activity, exercise, quiz, test, or lesson for your module:
Templates in your Expansion library, shown above, are quick to customize by dragging and dropping different fields into each lesson.
You can use client tokens for student names, add in explanatory text, or include questions alongside checkboxes, drop-down menus, sliding scales, and short-answer fields to create worksheets, as shown:
It’s just as easy to create lessons from your paper-based curricula, or from a blank template, using the same tools. You’ll find these in your Activity builder, where you can save templates for the lessons you’d like to repeat in other modules or courses.
Creating a module or entire program is just as simple, as Quenza’s Pathway yools are designed for organizing your modified or brand new Activities into a structured course or curriculum.
You can find examples of ready-made Pathways in your Expansion Pathways, right next to your Expansion Activities:
As you can see, it’s possible to set different intervals between activities to schedule when your lessons will be shared. They’ll be delivered automatically to your students’ mobile apps, which is their one-stop-shop portal for completing lessons or referring to your resources.
They’ll be able to download all your lessons, activities, or course content as PDFs – so it’s a great idea to brand your lessons with your custom logo using Quenza’s White Label feature.
When you’d like to create your own online learning module from Activities you’ve designed, just head over to Quenza’s Pathway Tools:
Quenza Pathways are perfect for building individual modules based on topics, or even for combining modules into complete e-learning courses for your students to complete at their convenience.
Simply save them and open up a copy wherever you’d like to create a new module, course, or program with similar content.
All your students’ results and progress, you’ll find, is automatically logged with Quenza’s real-time results tracking:
Your Dashboard will show you see whether students have received, begun, completed, or canceled a lesson or module.
Wherever you’d like to send a notification or re-send learning content, simply choose the appropriate action for each Activity, as shown above. Or, check in personally with your learners using Quenza Chat, shown below:
Quenza Chat logs are securely stored, and visible only to you and your students. Turn on your notifications when you’re ready to chat with specific pupils or switch them all off at the end of the day.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of using Quenza as an online learning system, as we’ve seen, is that you can use multimedia to create a truly interactive experience for your students.
We highly recommend integrating your own videos, audio, and images into your lessons and modules, so that you can enrich your students’ experiences for even deeper learning anytime, anywhere.
The right learning software for your classroom, school, or coaching practice will always be the solution that helps you deliver a multimedia-rich, interactive experience for others.
When you get familiar with how online learning software can work to your advantage, designing complete, engaging courses from scratch will be a breeze. Why not let us know how you go, in a comment?
We hope you found some great tips and techniques in this article. Don’t forget to start your 30-day Quenza trial to build unique, educational courses using your new ideas.
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- ^ Vannucci, M., & Colla, V. (2010). Educational software as a learning tool for primary school students. In New Achievements in Technology, Education and Development. IntechOpen.