What is LCMS?
The Learning Content Management System (LCMS) offers a collection of documents and procedures to regulate the workflow in organizations and educational institutes. LCMS concentrates on assembling the learning content. This Learning Content Management System gives authors, instructional designers, and subject matter experts the means to create e-learning content more efficiently.
The Learning Content Management System offers the flexibility to create just the required or needed content in time and meet the needs of individual learners or group of learners. The instructional designers create content chunks and provide them to the course developers within the organizations. This persuasive system eliminates duplicate development efforts and allows rapid collation of customized content.
The focus of the LCMS is management of course content rather than learning activity. As such it usually offer a learning object repository for learning objects (courses broken down into pieces) that can be searched and reused or adapted for other purposes. The LCMS manages content at lower levels and easily restructures and repurposes online content. LCMS can dynamically build learning objects based on user profiles and learning styles. It offers course creation and most of the LCMS also includes authoring capability.
What are the LCMS capabilities?
Learning object repository- The learning object repository is a central database in which learning content is stored and managed. It’s from this point that individual learning objects are either dispensed to users individually or used as components to assemble larger learning modules or full courses, depending on individual learning needs. The instructional output may be delivered via the Web, CD-ROM, or printed materials. The same object may be used as many times and for as many purposes as is appropriate. The integrity of the content is preserved regardless of the delivery platform. XML serves this function by separating content from programming logic and code.
Automated authoring application- This application is used to create the reusable learning objects that are accessible in the repository. The application automates development by providing authors with templates and storyboarding capabilities that incorporate instructional design principles. Using these templates, authors may develop an entire course by using existing learning objects in the repository, creating new learning objects, or using a combination of old and new objects. Authors may be subject matter experts, instructional designers, media production artists, a community of practice leaders, and so forth. The tool may also be used to rapidly convert libraries of an organization’s existing content, typically by adding media, customized interfaces, and instructional methodologies. An author may reside within an organization or at an outsourced provider.
Dynamic delivery interface- To serve up a learning object based on learner profiles, pretests, and/or user queries, a dynamic delivery interface is required. This component also provides user tracking, links to related sources of information, and multiple assessment types with user feedback. This interface may be customized for the organization using the LCMS. For example, content may be presented on Webpages emblazoned with the company logo and a look and feel designed to reflect the desired corporate image. The look and feel may also be localized to the user’s region.
Administrative application. This application is used to manage learners’ records, launch e-learning courses from course catalogs, track and report the progress of learners, and provide other basic administrative functions.
The downside of the LCMS proposition is that it takes a great deal of foresight, planning, and skill to design effective learning objects–even when templates and examples are provided. Designers must think in a non-linear fashion and have a fair understanding of all the contexts in which an object might be needed or used.