If you want to run a successful and engaging membership website, then you’ll need to know about learning management systems (LMS).
This kind of software is a smart and simple way to organise, deliver and keep track of any type of online learning. You might have encountered LMS before with e-learning, online courses or during lockdown when kids had to attend lessons online.
LMS comes in handy with membership websites if you want to keep on top of your learning content. Most LMS software is designed to be easy to use and should save you time while streamlining the way you and your students interact with your membership content.
So what do you need to know about learning management systems?
What Is A Learning Management System?
It’s not all techy doodahs and ‘synchronous learning’. Learning Management Systems have been quietly growing in popularity due to three main factors:
- They deliver & help you manage any type of web-based content
- They feature useful tools like discussion boards and internal monitoring
- You can keep track of member progress with analytics and request assessments and feedback
In a nutshell, an LMS lets you do all of that from your website. So you won’t be constantly switching between programs or wondering if your membership content is updated. Website developers like us at Memberlab can create a membership website that functions as an LMS, delivering, managing and tracking everything while you focus on your students.
A Learning Management System is especially useful within a membership-based business because it takes out the effort and time it takes to manually send out and track all of your learning content.
If you have a small team in charge of your membership site, things can get overwhelming fast. But with a clear and strategic system built in, you can start focusing on making amazing site content.
How Can LMS Help Your Membership Site?
All LMSes are designed to streamline the online teaching process, whatever that may look like on your membership site. Whether you’re showing budding cyclists how to compete professionally or teaching expert yoga classes online, an LMS can improve your task management as well as make it easier for students to track progress with certificates or notifications.
The major benefits you’d enjoy with an LMS site are the flip side of the aspects of membership content you find hardest.
If you struggle to identify individual or general learning goals… then Learning Management Systems can help by giving you one-on-one feedback from each of your members.
If tracking progress sounds like a big task… you can use your LMS website to gather specific analytic data in easy-to-understand formats.
If organising your online courses, video library and members-only blogs is a nightmare… Your LMS would help by giving you an organisational template and labelling system to keep things simple and make delivering content faster.
How Do You Use It?
Because the nature of a learning management system is to make the learning experience more efficient for both a site owner and members, LMS are an easy element of your website to use.
If you have even an average grasp of using web-based systems, you’ll get on fine with LMS. The way it works is your membership website builder would create an LMS within your website.
Your website with LMS built-in provides a space where you can organise and deliver your learning content, plus your members can interact with it in different ways. So on your membership site, you might log into your LMS, upload a new video series and send a notification to all of your members that the new content is ready for them to watch.
Your members would log in too, and as they interact with your content the LMS can give you insights into your ‘students’ via assessments and feedback.
The ultimate aim of your LMS is to make your learning content better for everyone.
Ready To Get Serious With LMS?
If all this exciting talk about learning goals and student analytics has lit a fire under you, it might be time to make your own membership website with an LMS built in. If you’re like most business owners and don’t have the time to DIY your own LMS website, then book a free demo of our membership site building service and get closer to launching your own learning platform.