Learning Management System or LMS has gone a long way since its first model appeared in 1960 but since the turn of the millennia along with the explosion of the Internet, eLearning is widely accepted as an effective means of imparting education. It is a support to develop with LMS like Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas. WordPress has also taken a position in this market since early 2010, but WordPress Learning Management System is catching up with the big players rapidly. There are more and more education entrepreneurs who consider WordPress LMS as the priority when choosing a platform to build their eLearning sites. Here are the five main reasons:
1. Easy to use
WordPress is famous and becomes popular as a more contemporary ecosystem when it brings users tremendous ease of access and a modern user interface especially if you compare WordPress to the complexity of standalone systems like Moodle, you will recognize explicitly the difference. Although I am a WordPress addict, I don’t say that statement to get PR for WordPress. Let’s experience by carrying out tasks of adding a new course, you will find what I said is exact. I will make a comparison for you:
Creating a new course in Moodle
Go to Administration> Site Administration> Courses> Manage Courses and Categories.
Choose the category you want the course to be
Click the New Course link.
Enter the Course Settings
Choose Save and return to go back to your course or Save and display to go the next screen
You have to go through five steps in all, you may say that it is not too much, just five steps and you find it’s ok. But, one thing I want to emphasize is if you have thousands of courses, each course you have to finish with those five steps, how much time you will spend? Imaginable! If you use a WordPress LMS plugin like LearnDash, two clicks accessible right from the dashboard are enough, I’m sure.
Moreover, when I do a survey with novice users, they agree that WordPress back end controls are simple and easy to use by their standards. All options are on the dashboard and he’s all set to author content and publish them. Navigating through and configuring the settings is clear and intuitive, and even customizable to an extent when you consider the possibilities like coding in Meta Boxes for quick access to options that you require often.
With standalone Learning Management System, to configure to reach the equally efficient back-end UI, you need to spend hours and hours for coding.
2. Front End Design And UX
On the Internet, the term Don’t judge a book by its cover will never exist. Netizens are the most demanding customers and they always gauge your website about design and user experience regardless of how good your content is.
Moodle offers a standard and nonvolatile. It also leaves pan ace for personalization but it is so limited. UX on the front end of these systems echoes back end, how can I say, is a clutter.
In contrast, WordPress Learning Management System comes with the distinct advantages to develop great looking websites, and it excels at it. It means that there are thousand WordPress themes available for you to choose to glam up your eLearning site and make it a visually striking internet entity.
To be continued…