Choosing an LMS
What is an LMS?
An LMS is a software portal which allows users to connect and engage with course content provided by tutors, colleges, workplaces or other course providers. Typically, an LMS is accessed through a browser or using a downloadable software package.
What does it stand for?
LMS stands for Learning Management System although this type of tool is also known as an eLearning platform or online learning portal.
Who uses a Learning Management System?
Students are the primary users of these systems as most coursework, tutoring, quizzes and assessments are conducted through the LMS. Students of the system may include employees or volunteers in the context or a workplace or non-profit organisation.
Why is an LMS necessary?
Using an online tool consolidates all learning related communication into one place reducing the need for emailed correspondence, third-party video hosting and other necessary tools. Typically, an LMS provides a one-stop-shop.
How to select an LMS?
When choosing software, the needs of your organisation should be considered fore-mostly. At CEELSO & GO1, we pride ourselves on providing an incredibly adaptable and customisable platform for organisations of all types and sizes. Accordingly, the nature of your courses and the way you would like students to interact online are key considerations.
What system is the best?
We think that CEELSO & GO1 is the best system out there, hands down. Our platform is used by banks, universities and companies worldwide. Check out our platform and see for yourself!
What is the difference between cloud and Self-Hosted LMS?
Cloud-software requires no installation on a local computer or phone, meaning just about anyone with a computer or mobile device can log on and start learning. CEELSO & Go1 platform is a cloud-based LMS for this reason to ensure compatibility across all devices. Self-hosted LMS systems are typically installed by the provider on their own server and may require students to use a locally installed program to engage with the content. In the cloud, we maintain all security for you. On your own server – you may be on your own.
Can learning software be used for schools, colleges and non-profits or just corporations?
Absolutely! Schools and colleges are the primary users of eLearning software and many colleges and universities worldwide now offer programs exclusively conducted online. Corporations may find an LMS system to be an appropriate solution to meet local training requirements and store assessments for future reference if required.
Is an open source learning management system better?
The needs of your organisation must be considered, however despite having no licencing fees for the base versions, open source software may be expensive to maintain and secure without the support and guidance from the software vendor. For this reason, we believe proprietary (yet affordable) software such as CEELSO & GO1 represents a better choice.
Implementing an eLearning System
How do you set-up and install a Learning Management System?
For platforms such as CEELSO & GO1 which are cloud-based, all you need to do is register your account and start populating your profile with courses and students. Other platforms such as locally-run software packages or self-hosted systems may have more detailed set-up and installation requirements.
Who provides the content for Learning systems?
CEELSO & GO1 provide a course market place of over 100,000 courses from various providers. However, if you have specific requirements for your training or need to conduct a course which is not from our library – you can create your own courses using our system. Additionally, you can publish your courses for public use or just for access by your own students or staff.
Should I install software to access the LMS?
With CEELSO & GO1 you don’t need to install anything, just open your web browser and visit the dedicated link for your organisation. Some LMS functions such as video may require browser plugins although you will be prompted to install these plugins if and when required.
How do I integrate an LMS with WordPress or Sharepoint?
CEELSO & GO1 continue to develop support for third party systems and is presently working on a Zapier integration package. You should contact us for further information if you have specific needs with your website or app. Additionally, you can link to your organisation’s learning portal from your website or app where users may login using their credentials.
What kinds of courses can be studied online?
Courses covering science, law, maths, education, history, marketing, web-development, music and just about every other possible topic area can be studied online nowadays thanks to popular online course marketplaces. GO1 brings these courses together providing a complete index of courses from just about every single subject matter imaginable. Most courses are short courses meaning they will no necessarily lead to an accredited qualification from an educational institution although they are useful in demonstrating experience – for example on your resume, or for your own personal development.
Are there assignments or assessment tasks?
Different courses have different requirements and may or may not require assessments to be undertaken in order to complete the course. Check with the course provider or read through the specific course specification for further information.
Do online courses work?
Online courses help people learn new skills. Whether a course works all depends on whether you apply the skills you have learnt in the context of the course subject area. Many of our courses are taught by real-word professionals who have years of industry experience in particular topic areas which can give you the real edge in your career and personal development progression.
Are courses done online easier?
Face-to-face courses may seem harder at first, although typically this is not the case. Many face-to-face courses have contact requirements whereby you must physically attend classes in order to access the content and complete the course. For many, this can be difficult when juggling work and life commitments. With online learning, the content is almost always the same as face-to-face courses without the need to travel to and from classes, additionally you can access the courses whenever and wherever you may be.
Is it cheaper to study a course online?
The cost of our courses is set by our course providers and differs from course to course. In most instances studying online is cheaper than attending a short course in a physical delivery mode.
Are short courses useful for career progression?
Yes! Many new and flourishing education start-ups such as CEELSO & Go1 are helping thousands of people every day learn new skills and develop their career without the need to attend expensive university courses. For this reason, employers are increasingly adding weight to the value of online short courses in considering candidates for positions.