A course management system (CMS) is a collection of digital software tools that enable an educational institute or an individual trainer to list, sell, and manage their training courses. A course management system is an essential part of a school management system.
We have discussed in previous blogs that the SaaS model is better as compared to the perpetual license model, as it offers more benefits for both the service provider and the end-user. A sound course management system should include a specific feature to make it a better tool. Below we discuss some of the essential elements of a Course Management System.
Dashboard for the School Management
This feature allows the school management to list school courses and upload course materials. Integration with the student-parent and staff or faculty management systems enables the management to map courses to the relevant classes and assign appropriate staff to the course. Calendar management system integration allows the power to create and schedule a timetable and give the course materials. Integration with the accounting management system should enable the management to overview the financial data about a specific course or courses.
Dashboard for the Staff and Faculty
The course management system module allows the teachers to see their dashboard of their assigned courses, classes, and students, etc. Teachers or trainers should be able to upload course materials. This feature allows the teachers to check assignments uploaded by the students and grade those assignments. Grades and assignments or exam related data is stored in the database for future reference.
Dashboard for the Students & Parents
Students can log in to their accounts and see an exclusive preview of their school activities. They can download or view the class notes and lecture audio or video, upload their assignments, etc. They can view their class schedule for the current period and plan their studies.
Parents can view their child’s progress and current schedule and activities. They can also see any communication from the school management and faculty. They can also check the upcoming payments and the payment history etc.
The CMS is integrated with the communication module to enable seamless communication between the involved parties. Integration with the library helps to monitor student’s library borrowings and book return due dates.
The use of artificial intelligence helps to generate various analytical reports such as a student’s progress projection, and recommended course of action, etc.
A sound CMS will have the ability to link with third party marketplaces via APIs to promote and sell the courses. A blog site where school faculty, trainers, and students can publish the latest course-related content and exciting information can boost the incoming traffic to the school website. And in return, increase the signups for the courses.
A sound review system for the course alumni to rate the course can boost the course signups. Social media platforms’ presence can also increase awareness about the course and bring in more registrations.
A course is the foundational product of a training school, so the tools’ quality to manage the courses is of fundamental importance.