Learning Management System – Teaching and learning is one of the activities that is affected the most by COVID-19 pandemic. In Indonesia alone, the government’s effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 disease has influenced at least 68 million students from preschool to college. The high risk of infection posed by face-to-face learning method makes learning and teaching activity, especially for schools located in the red zone, to now be carried out online.
Just like remote working, technology has also been utilized to ensure that learning activities can be implemented remotely without face-to-face meeting.
From Whatsapp Group to communicate, Zoom Cloud Meeting as virtual classroom, to Google Classroom that facilitates the process of creating, distributing, and grading assignments, digital technologies have been playing an important role in connecting students and teachers amid crisis caused by the pandemic.
Challenges of Online Learning During COVID-19 Pandemic
For some people, digital technology is not something uncommon. However, completely changing the learning system into a digital one is not an easy task, especially if it has to be done in just a short time span and without enough resources and preparation.
There several challenges both teaches and students must face during this COVID-19 pandemic time:
1. Inefficient time management and work processes
The decision to close schools and universities in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 was made during an emergency situation, which leaves most schools and teachers unequipped for the online learning system.
As a result, to keep the children’s education on track while they are staying at home, teachers often need to use several applications at once. Not only to deliver materials to the classes, teachers also have give and check assignments and tests, as well as maintaining communication with teachers and parents from several classes.
With a lot of information to process, teachers will have to open and switch tabs in different applications, which is very time consuming and inefficient.
2. Connectivity and device shortage
Not only in Indonesia, connectivity and device shortage has become a challenge many countries have to face in order to fully implement virtual learning. Not every student and teacher has a personal gadget and stable internet connection for online learning.
The high usage rate of online learning systems and video streaming software often makes the platform overloaded which resulted in poor video and audio quality.
3. Privacy and security issue
In today’s era when everything is digitalized, applications to facilitate virtual learning are widely available. In fact, information and communication technology to facilitate educational services of EdTech has already existed in Indonesia even before the pandemic began. According to World Bank Blogs, school closure as a result of the government’s attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 has made the needs for effective EdTech such as G-Suite for Education, Microsoft for Education, Zoom, etc increased.
Unfortunately, the sense of urgency has made a lot of people neglecting system security and their data privacy, especially when e-learning software suppliers offer temporary free subscription plans.
Zoom, for example. The video conference service company that experienced a rapid growth increase during COVID-19 pandemic, have recently been hit by security and privacy issues where they are believed to have a low level of security protection and give false claims about their security levels to the users.
Learning Management System
One of the solutions to minimize those challenges of implementing remote learning is to develop a system that can manage learning activities in one application. LMS or Learning Management System, for example. This application that can be provided by BTS.id helps manage online learning and learning activities in a more effective and efficient manner.
Features in LMS or Learning Management System are:
1. Master Data
With master data features, you can easily manage all the data required in the learning activities. From subjects, classroom, teachers, to students’ information. Using your own learning management system also means that your data is more secure, as it is tored in a database that is only used by the LMS application.
2. Video Conference
With an LMS or Learning Management System application, teachers and students can have the online learning activities facilitated by a moderator. Just like services provided by big companies like Google Meet, Zoom, Lark, etc, Video Conference module in LSM application also equipped with features such as Raise Had that can students use to ask to the teacher, Mute Microphone, Save Record, and even Moderator Report that moderator can use to make the report of result from the previous video conferences.
To support learning activities, LSM or Learning Management System application also equipped with E-Library feature. With this module feature, schools can add, modify, view, download, and delete learning materials required by the students.
Not being physically present in the school does not mean neglecting the student’s attendance. With LSM or Learning Management System, recording attendance can be done easily in two alternative options: teachers record student’s attendance manually through Manual Attendance Input feature or students take a selfie and input it to the attendance record.
It is true that giving, collecting, and grading daily homeworks can be done using an LMS application like Google Classroom, but that means one more application to use everyday. With the LMS or Learning Management System developed by BTS.id, schools can add, modify, view, as well as delete assignment data that students have to complete.
Later, when they are done with the assignments, students can upload the file of the assignment, and teachers can view, download, and grade the assignments that have been submitted to the application.
Security and privacy are two of the most important factors users need to consider when using applications for virtual learning. Through the Authentication feature, the security and privacy of school, teachers, and students are secured because only registered users can access the content of the application. Log out feature is also available to keep the data secure when users are not using the application.
When all of the family members need to stay at home, mom and dad probably have to work from home, and the kids need to do virtual learning, there might not be enough devices to accommodate all family members. Not everyone, especially students at the lower and middle level of education, may own a laptop or a computer, hence the reason why mobile compatibility is important for an LMS or Learning Management System.
With the LMS or Learning Management System developed by BTS.id, students can participate in virtual learning even with only a mobile phone.
Digital Learning: The Future of the Education System?
Although the current state of the education system is considered a disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, digital transformation including in educational institutions is not something that we have never seen before. It is possible that even though the COVID-19 pandemic ends in the future, the trend of virtual learning will continue.
According to Syaikhu Usman, a researcher from the SMERU Research Institute, with the advances in technology we have seen today, children in the future can study anywhere and teachers can become learning facilitators and moderators without being bound by physical space. In addition to the flexibility offered by this type of learning model, cost that is lower, and a wider reach, online learning systems also offer a wider selection of programs that will produce a more qualified human resources who are more competitive in this industrial era.
BTS.id provides applications that can facilitate virtual learning in your school to be more effective and efficient. Contact us:
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