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5 Tips on Creating an Effective SaaS LMS for Education Industry

Editor’s note: Do you think it’s challenging to build an effective SaaS LMS that will bring value both to educational institutions and their students? In this article, Boris shares ScienceSoft’s best practices of creating SaaS LMS that streamline learning management and make the learning experience engaging. In case you still have difficulties in developing your SaaS LMS for education, ScienceSoft’s professionals in SaaS software development are always ready to help.

Best practices of SaaS LMS development for education

With eLearning turning into a popular way to get quality education, SaaS LMS vendors constantly work on refining their approach to software development. They aim at delivering effective tools to streamline eLearning administration, provide students with quick and easy access to learning content and ensure their engaging learning experience.

In my previous article on SaaS LMS, I’ve outlined the main challenges of building cloud LMS in general. In this article, I’d like to focus on developing cloud learning management systems for the education sector. And below, I’ve singled out 5 best practices that make the foundation of ScienceSoft’s approach to SaaS LMS development for education.

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Bulky software design, challenging navigation and lengthy tutorials can distract learners from training. In ScienceSoft’s projects on cloud LMS, intuitive and simple UI and elaborate UX become the focal points of success. For that, we avoid using excessive elements in design or functionality (e.g., chatbots) unless they bring value to learners and educators. However, you should be careful not to strip your SaaS LMS of essential features in the pursuit of simplicity. For example, advanced search is a must-have feature for your product as it enables users to access the training content quickly and easily.

To meet the needs of a variety of users, cloud LMS should offer diversity in learning content and learning styles, including the possibility to learn on the go. Thus, in our projects, SaaS LMS support multi-format graphic, video, and audio content, including tests and quizzes, and guarantee flexibility in terms of multi-platform delivery, including mobiles and tablets.

User engagement is one of the main indicators of training software efficiency as it facilitates learning and supports knowledge retention. To make SaaS LMS engaging, we advise our customers to equip them with chats and discussion boards to encourage social interaction between students and educators. We at ScienceSoft advise our clients to power their LMS with gamification elements like badges and leaderboards that help create a sense of competitiveness and contribute to students’ motivation. Besides, to make the learning process more exciting and interactive, we offer to include lessons and assessment tests in the form of mini-games.

Your cloud LMS should streamline all eLearning processes from enrolling to certification through automation. Let me provide you with an example of how we’ve facilitated vocational training management both for training providers and learners via a portal. For training providers, the portal simplifies administration of training, delivery of learning materials to learners and tracking trainees’ progress and assessment reports. For learners, the portal grants secure storage and access to training materials and records of exams and tests and provides a tailored learning path.

I believe that a static system can’t be successful, especially if we’re talking about LMS. You should conduct usability tests and track users’ feedback on the software functionality to make necessary product improvements, which will help enhance user experience and adoption. To achieve that in ScienceSoft’s SaaS LMS projects, we ensure that analytics about LMS use is a must-have feature.

Make winning SaaS LMS for education

When building your SaaS LMS, you can encounter various stumbling blocks like feature prioritization. Hopefully, they all can be overcome with professional guidance. In case of need, feel free to ask ScienceSoft’s consultants for assistance in developing your SaaS LMS for education.

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