Working on a new project can be overwhelming – especially when you’re not sure what you’re looking for. That’s why, when looking for inspiration for your eLearning project, Learning Management System (LMS) examples can be a great place to start.
So, let’s get you on the right path.
What Exactly Is An LMS?
Essentially, it’s a software application, or ‘platform’, which encompasses the entire eLearning experience – from back-end access for admins to deal with documentation, tracking and reporting purposes, to the actual delivery of the course or training programme to the student.
It’s the entire package, with all of your data, information, and content in one place.
So, you’ll want to ensure that the experience is smooth for both the admins and students using it. Our best advice? Make sure you use a cloud-based system that ensures your software can be accessed from any device, at any time, without the draining download time.
Learning Management System Examples
Next, you’ll need to think about how it works for the user – and what that experience will look like. This is where we’ve outlined some key LMS examples that could put you on the path to a design that, not only looks great, but keeps your students engaged, too.
BBP – The Timeline Approach
First up, our case study with BBP. BPP have taken a crisp, modern approach to the design of their LMS, starting with allowing students to directly make an application to the courses they would like to study, then moving on to their learning journey which is represented step by step in the ‘Timeline’.
This is a perfect example of an LMS which is focused on the learner’s journey through user interface design. By utilising a timeline approach, the system is designed in a way that gives clear direction on what the learner should be doing, and at which point. There is even a section for alerts at the top of the timeline which can be used by trainers to communicate urgent messages with the students.
Not only does this approach line up the next steps for the student’s online journey, but it includes deadlines and key activities for face to face learning, giving the student an overview of their whole blended learning journey.
This is key for giving learners structure, while helping them to tick off goals as they go. But, also, note that the interface is also very cleanly-designed, without the clutter that could look intimidating if using a dashboard for the first time.
Wahoo Learning – The Rewards Approach
When Wahoo Learning came to us with their plan for an LMS, it was clear that they wanted a focus on rewarding the learner as tasks were completed.
So, to make this happen, learners can earn badges as they go, and rewards and certificates are easily accessed from the main dashboard – ensuring the ultimate engagement as they study!
By featuring a prominent calendar, learners can also easily keep on track with deadlines.
Another useful feature of this LMS is that it allows heads of departments to allocate ‘seats’ to their team on the courses they deem appropriate. As a trainer, it is very clear from the user interface that you have x number of ‘seats’ to allocate, as well as having a view of the certificates and awards your team have earned.
CCL – The Social Approach
For some eLearning providers, social learning is key. Why? Because it’s a great way to keep students engaged, by encouraging them to interact with fellow learners through asking questions, sharing opinions and building peer support.
CCL’s approach includes allowing learners to comment on activities, adding their own ideas and asking questions for others to see.
When building this LMS for CCL, they wanted to take it even further – by rewarding students with ‘engagement’ points. Essentially, the more they comment on discussions or interact with other learners, the more points they get.
This is very much like gamification – another element that the team at CCL were also very keen to incorporate into their LMS.
Games are a hot topic in eLearning right now and it’s not hard to understand why. Effectively, it’s that feeling of accomplishment, improvement or even beating of an opponent, as well as the instant feedback, that keeps learners coming back for more.
MBL – The Progressive Approach
MBL are the go-to online learning specialists in compliance, law and tax. So, for them, the LMS needed to look clear and professional in a way that would reflect the serious subject matter.
It’s also a great example of knowing your target audience, with that understanding reflected directly back into the user-interface design.
Here, rather than going for ‘engagement’ points or a prominent timeline, a simple progress bar was applied to show how far the learner had reached through each module, as well as supplying a progress chart for the trainer at the other end.
Whoever your learner is, make sure you spend time thinking about what their needs are when it comes to interacting with a Learning Platform. As a general rule of thumb, people want to be able to navigate around easily and to be able to see the progress they are making. They want it to feel effortless to use, whatever device they are on.
To find out more about building your own LMS, get in touch with the BuildEmpire team here.