Today we’ll take a cue from this article to talk about how you can organize educational content on your LMS in an effective way for yourself and for users.
Make it Easy
First of all, your Learning Management System (LMS) should be a tool that makes life easier for both you and your students. This is why it is extremely important to configure it in a way that makes your content easily accessible. The best LMS organization system, such as Forma, are intuitive and user-friendly, which means they are able to "stay one step ahead" of the user to provide him with the information he needs.
If your LMS is currently a hodgepodge of information, you shouldn't worry. Understanding an organizational system that fits you can take some time, and it is okay for it to be a work in progress. The 3 organizational options listed below are good starting points for putting your content together in a way that is appropriate to your lessons.
1. Organize by Topic
Organizing your course information by topic allows students to easily find what they need. This is the simplest modality of doing things, but it doesn't give you much control over the ways and times in which different information can be accessed: a chronological order organization could perhaps be more effective.
2. Organize in Chronological Order
This is one of the most common ways to organize information within an LMS. Simply enter the contents in the chronological order in which you want them to be enjoyed, possibly also grouped into folders and/or subfolders.
This setup allows students not only to quickly find content, but also to go back for any lessons they wish to review. If you want to prevent them from skipping topics, you can configure your LMS both to hide folders and make them visible as they go, and to simply block access to subsequent ones until all the necessary ones are seen. In this way, you will have total control over the speed of release and use of information.
3. Autonomous Learning
It may also make sense to organize your content so that students can progress through each topic or lesson freely and at their own pace. Autonomous learning organization systems still allow you to set up content so that students can only move on after completing certain tasks or passing certain "checkpoints". These can be inserted as a moment of confrontation with the expert before he unlocks the next level, or simply as a quiz in which a sufficient score must be achieved in order to continue.
Many students have fun with self-learning because it takes away the pressure associated with having a set schedule to follow classes. If you give them the opportunity to access and follow the course at their own speed, they can slow down and delve into more difficult topics and travel faster with the topics they find easier.
Remember, if you want your classes to engage in stimulating online discussions, this probably isn't the best model for your courses - since all learning will move at a different pace, it may be difficult to choose common discussion topics.
Monitor and Fix
Make sure you regularly monitor your students' progress. Self-paced courses sometimes suffer from low completion rates as students may not have the incentive to complete them. Changing the structure and content of your course, or adding gamification elements, can help solve this problem.
If you’re still uncertain about which organizational system could suit you best, you can simply pick one, give it a try, and evaluate how it works for your classes. If you choose to reorder content mid-course, be sure to notify students so they know what to expect! They will probably have some questions at first, but in the long run they will appreciate a more organized and easily accessible didactic proposal.