The technology product that manages course content and assessment tools, allowing content to be accessed, uploaded, modified, and then delivered to students as student-facing learning experiences. LMS' are also refered to as Course Management Systems (CMS).
- Timely Support
If you purchase a digital curriculum, it will be housed in its own learning management system. Some will allow you to add content, or performance tasks, others won't. If their LMS (also called a Course Management System) won't allow you to add, or you decide not to add, you'll need an additional system for Performance Tasks: there are various options available. 2Revolutions has created a few tools to help designers learn about the various digital tools they will need to consider. It's worth reviewing their documents to get a sense of how different tools interact with and support each other.
Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line
With a tight timeline it's potentially better to purchase an existing set of courses and/or modules, and delay purchasing an LMS. If teachers are creating their own student-facing modules or courses then an LMS will be essential. There are 2 reasons for this: (1) Until your program has been operational for a few years it's extremely hard to know exactly which tools will be most useful, so large, up-front investments often don't pay off. (2) Every new digital tool or platform that you embed in your model takes adults and students time to learn and become familiar with. A short time-line means that only a few tools can be learned well enough to use effectively.
Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term.