My 300th post is a call for LMS Help
Yippee I’m at my 300th post, but yet again I’m shouting out for some help and of course it’s about the LMS. I have the system we are using, and access to a second system that is on my wish list.
I’m having problems loading in classroom based classes. Both systems have features for in class teaching, however neither is meeting our needs. I’m curious to know how others have handled this as I can’t believe we are the only organization that operates in such a manner.
We have many, many courses that run over consecutive days or even just over many different days. They also tend to occur in many different rooms around our organization. Neither system seems to be able to accommodate this style.
As an example: Intro to Project Management. Runs 8:30am – 12:30 pm on Wed. July 30 and then again Thurs. July 31 at the same time. In the same room. Students must go to both sessions.
Each LMS that I am trying only has a Start date and End Date for the over all program. One system does allow for recurring days of the event, but they must be the standard (one a week, ever day of the week, every other week, every other specific day of the week). On this system the first day is the start date, the end date needs to be the same date (to capture the 4 hour window of the course) and the recurring can go on for as many days as you need. But the over all screen users would see is cumbersome.
Another example is: Frontline Leaders, runs 8:00am – 4:00pm on this Thursday, 2 Thursdays from that date, then 2 Thursdays from that date, then 3 Thursdays from that, and back to 2 Thursdays from that. (not a consistent pattern). The course is held in the same room for 5 of the sessions but not for the sixth.
Again, neither system seems to allow for room changes, or many modules of a course, various instructors, various times.
I know LMS’s are primarily for online learning and these typically are start date – end date, open 24/7 with no physical location to speak of. However, most LMS’s I’ve heard of are “all about thier registration and tracking” and classroom based is usually a part of that.
I’ve tried on both system to set up the various “days” of the class as individual sessions. These look prettier in the systems, however when I register into the first module as a student….then I can’t register into any of the other modules.
Even if this did work…..then ever occurrence of this course would have to be individual in the system course calendar.
i.e. Intro to Proj. Mgt June Mod 1 & Mod 2, then Intro to Proj. Mgt July Mod 1 & Mod 2.
I’m curious to know has no one else in the eLearning World had to deal with this?!? I’m sure you have, so how did you get around this issue of:
- 1 program
- various dates
- various times
- various locations
- (maybe various instructors)
As always I truly appreciate any feedback and help I can get. Learning as I go.