According to a recent ECAR report, the learning management system (LMS) remains an invaluable tool for many colleges and universities—but many advanced features are underutilized.
- Over 70% faculty members indicated that their LMS is a very useful tool for both enhancing their teaching and student learning
- The stats for faculty and student use was nearly identical, 85% of faculty compared to 83% of students
- 56% of students utilize LMS tools in most or all of their courses
- 3 out of 5 faculty report that the campus' system was critical to their teaching, but many only use basic features to push information and handouts to students
Diving deeper into usage and satisfaction, the study uncovered that that lack of awareness and training could be an issue in effective utilization of available tools. In fact, over half of faculty (57%) and students (51%) agree that better understanding LMS technology would make them more effective.
Additionally, one anonymous faculty member was quoted saying institutions need to "Better educate students and faculty on the [LMS] program. It is such a great tool, but half the faculty don’t even use it. We, as faculty, need to use this program university-wide so that students are familiar on day one with the program. Also they need support—aside from the help line, they need it to be a part of freshman orientation.”