The key features of an eLearning platform
In this article we will talk about the functionalities and characteristics that an eLearning platform for distance learning should have. We must not only consider the technical aspects, but also the usability and complexity of management, data security and the possibility of updates over time. We will see these aspects later.
ELearning platform: the fundamentals
When we talk about the platform, we mean a dedicated and reserved environment for training: in recent years the distance learning model has evolved from software installed at the customer, then in house, to Cloud and Saas systems, i.e. a service provided via the internet.
This step has made the solutions adaptable, upgradeable and flexible, and above all it has freed customers from management burdens on servers and maintenance. Having an externally managed web solution today means dedicating yourself fully to your training activity and constantly updating the platform.
The eLearning model allows you to create a reserved and dedicated environment that stimulates learning and is simple and extremely adaptable for the user. The solution must also allow use from mobile, without having to download files or install software locally, and for the administrator it is essential to have a control panel for management that is simple and fast.
Over the years, the characteristics of an eLearning system have evolved to adapt to the legislation and the needs of users and organizers. In our opinion, here are the essential features for an eLearning platform:
Course management with recorded videos: this training object is indispensable and allows you to upload and organize didactic lessons that can be enjoyed on-demand.
Course management with slides or documents: in this case the teacher creates his own lesson by managing a presentation that the learner follows progressively.
Test or quiz for learning: it is essential to verify the learning of the learner through the administration of multiple choice questions and asked in a random way, through which to ensure that the topics have been understood and assimilated.
Training monitoring: the eLearning platform must allow the teacher and the administrator, or the inspector, to verify the access to the system of the learners, their permanence and use of the lessons.
Live Lesson Management: even if not strictly linked to the concept of the eLearning platform, the possibility of creating training courses that also include the Live lesson, is important to improve the interaction between student and teacher and the quality of training.
Discussion forum: giving course participants the opportunity to interact with each other, ask questions, share experiences and situations, is important for stimulating interaction, attendance and teaching. A reserved and dedicated environment is ideal for creating a community of interest with respect to your courses.
Manage documentation: training support exercises or additional in-depth material that learners can download and consult from their device can also be used. It is therefore suggested to dedicate a documentary section to download training and non-training documentation.
The pricing models
We come to the painful notes … or almost. First of all, let’s say that there are multiple ways in which companies prepare their price plans, and we often struggle to understand exactly how much the platform will cost.
But this is a problem for others, we say.
Often the model used is to have an initial set-up cost that covers configurations, installations, servers, etc and then a monthly cost depending on users and features or modules. It is not always easy to navigate between modules, plugins, monthly or annual licenses. What we recommend is first of all to understand the scalability of the platform, that is, how much it could cost over time, when the number of course participants, flexibility and assistance increase.
Not only is the basic plan important, but also the impact of future upgrades and system growth.
The eLearning Learning Objects platform is rich in functionality and features, to build customized and flexible training projects. There are no upfront setup costs, and this allows you to focus on building your courses and lessons right away.