As an instructional designer, L&D manager, or LMS administrator, your job is to provide digital learning experiences through the Learning Management System to continuously train and educate your people. Further, you also need to ensure your LMS accommodates to the complexities of your institution or organization (size, location, best practices, etc.). This requires extensive knowledge on how to maximize the functionality within these platforms.
In this post, we’ll discuss 18 must-know LMS training topics that help navigate open-source Moodle and Totara, in particular, and how you can learn them with eThink!
Why Do You Need LMS Training?
Both Moodle and Totara Learn are used, supported, and funded by a large open-source community, from partners and developers to organizational LMS administrators and L&D managers. No matter what kind of LMS user you are, staying up to speed with the platform’s latest updates and functionality is essential for optimum user experience.
With regular new version releases, countless plugins and customization possibilities, and specific Moodle or Totara functionality that not everyone is familiar with, it’s essential to ensure your team continuously refreshes and builds their eLearning knowledge in order to maximize functionality and the industry’s best practices to deliver effective, engaging, and up-to-date training and education.
Must-Know LMS Training Topics
These LMS topics include but are not limited to what is and will be covered in the custom training packages offered through the eThink Academy. Check out the recommended topics eLearning professionals, LMS administrators, and instructors (in some cases) should know.
The Basics, Best Practices & eLearning Strategies
- Latest LMS Features and Upgrades. Upgrades and new version releases typically present different features and user or admin changes that learning professionals should be aware of. Knowing the ins and outs of the latest tools, features, and functionality as well as available admin settings in your LMS helps you consistently optimize user experience.
- LMS Basics. There’s always something new to learn about your LMS. At the very least, it’s important your instructors have an understanding of the Learning Management System’s basic functionality. With knowledge of the essentials of instructor-level LMS management, they’ll be able to start developing their own courses.
- Advanced Uses. Providing instructors with training in some more advanced areas of the Learning Management System will only strengthen your team’s mastery of the platform. Upon successful completion, they will be able to incorporate multimedia and more robust learning activities into their course design. They will also further understand the process of actively managing their course(s), and what that entails on a daily basis.
- Universal Design for Learning/accessibility. As mentioned in this blog post, accessible tools are a must-have, not simply a want-to-have. Learn about best practices for developing courses that adhere to UDL and are accessible for all types of learners.
- Gamification. Gamified training and education is an extremely successful eLearning method, offering a hands-on and engaging problem-solving experience. Learn about some plugins that can be used to incorporate gamified elements into your courses.
- Adaptive Learning. Learn how to use adaptive learning to tap into various learning styles, ensuring you reach a variety of learners with your course content. Understand how to use access and completion settings to create adaptive courses that deploy numerous learning paths.
- Mobile best practices. Mobile learning allows you to connect with learners and provide them with access to resources from virtually any device. If you plan to have your learners engage heavily through the mobile app, it’s important to apply some updated design principles in order to deliver effective learning anywhere.
- Common course design mistakes and how to avoid them. Creating a course requires time and effort. Don’t waste that time and effort focusing on lower-priority tasks and implementing poor or unrelated solutions or leaving out essential ones. Learn about some of the most common course design and management mistakes and how to avoid them from the start.
- Attendance. Understand how to set up the attendance module, manage taking attendance throughout the course, and common mistakes to avoid.
- Cohorts or Audiences. Cohorts are beneficial for organizing and controlling user groups and enrollments. Learn more about using cohorts in Learning Management Systems like Moodle and how they might be applicable to your organization.
- Face to Face Sessions. Whether a training session is in the same physical space or online, this tools makes it easy for you to create a list of available sessions at different times and/or locations within a single course. Learn about the Face to Face module activity which is used to keep track of in-person (e.g. classroom) trainings which require advance booking.
- Lesson. Unique learning paths benefit users by mapping their needs to content developed by the instructor. The lesson module is a robust way to create interactive presentations that reach a wide variety of learners.
- Certificates and Badges. Most learners enjoy receiving a type of certificate, badge, or tangible (even if it’s digital) item displaying their accomplishment or knowledge on a certain subject. Learn how to create custom certificates and badges to award to learners based on a set of completion criteria.
- Progress tracking. Educators need to access and monitor each student’s learning paths in order to evaluate the best methods for their success. Therefore, it’s crucial to know how to use the completion reports within a course to monitor student progress.
- Reusing materials and stealth activities. Save valuable time in course design and creation by re-using materials and stealth activities. Find out how to easily copy existing materials for use in a new course and how stealth activities can add complexity to your course design.
- Flat file processes. Learn all about the various “flat file processes” administrators and site managers use to make bulk updates and integrations to their LMS (user creation, course creation, enrollments).
- Competency frameworks and learning plans. Competency-based education, or CBE, allows you to provide learners with a personalized learning experience based on previously completed course subjects or what they’ve demonstrated they already know. When beginning to utilize CBE, visualize a set of standards or outcomes you would like to track to determine how best to leverage competencies.
- Underused core activity types. Making the most of your LMS means considering all of the tools at your disposal. Discover some of the lesser known activity types (book, glossary, choice, feedback, etc) and how to incorporate them into your courses.
eThink Academy: Custom LMS Training Packages
In a custom training session with our experts, choose from these LMS training topics to learn how to maximize LMS functionality and successfully implement best practices.
Sessions can be conducted remotely via webinar or onsite. Either way, regular training is key to continuously get the most out of your LMS. Build your own custom training package by selecting from the menu of topics above that you would like to learn more about (or join us for an upcoming Academy session).
Benefits to on-site training:
- Hands-on training in a computer lab setting
- Increased participant engagement
- Opportunities for practice and personalized Q&A
Benefits to remote training:
- Participate from anywhere with internet access
- Schedule multiple sessions at different days/times to reach the widest audience
- Session recordings will be provided for on-demand reference
Regardless of the training method or the LMS training topic you decide to dive into, regularly brushing up on your skills will help you provide a more engaging, effective, and functional learning experience for your users.
Or, join us for one of our upcoming Academy short-form courses and workshops on topics like “Make the Most of New Features” and “Build a Better Moodle Course.”View Academy Courses