The learning management system(LMS) for OBE implementation

Learning management system (LMS) has long been adopted by colleges and universities including Tier 1 institutes in India to manage and administer their courses. OBE stands for Outcome Based Education. As India joined Washington accord in 2014, OBE is slowly becoming the default way of program delivery in higher education. Therefore, an LMS with real OBE implementation capabilities can greatly benefit the 5000+ colleges looking forward to implement OBE in the next 3 years.

LMS, also known as Virtual Learning  Environment, includes a category of software and web application that facilitates the online delivery of course material in addition to the features of tracking and reporting of student involvement. LMS is a hub of all educational activities in an academic environment where a student can access syllabus and required readings, submit assignments, access grades, connect with peers and teachers. On the other hand, a teacher can monitor students’ engagement, as well as performance across courses.

Currently, higher education LMS market worldwide is dominated by a few platforms such as Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, Edmodo, Desire2Learn, and Sakai, none of which is “Made in India”. These LMS are deployed at the institution level to assist face-to-face learning sessions. There is traditionally very small room for alternative learning and course development platforms such as OpenEdX and Helix—the open source education platform within institutions, especially in India.

The top three providers of LMS serve an estimated 113.8 million users. The world LMS market is estimated to grow in 2017 and 2018 by 23.17% from $2.65 billion in 2013 to $7.8 billion in 2018 at roughly 25.2% annual growth rate. The LMS market in the corporate sector alone currently stands at $2.5 billion. India, however, except for a few institutes and corporates—is a late and slow adopter of LMS to augment the educational experience. The Indian education-related software market accounts for only 4% of the global market and 22% of the Indian industry. The e-learning industry in India is only 1.6% of the global market and 10% of the Indian industry.

While India is still catching up with the global LMS market, thought leaders around the world have already started proposing next-generation LMS. These LMS are called next generation digital learning environments (NGDLE) and refer to the development of more flexible work spaces that support personalisation, meet universal design standards and with a larger role in informative learning assessment. One aspect all Edtech leaders agree is that LMS could be much more than a just administrative tool, and can be used as a blended learning tool.

In the Indian context, the main task of LMS should be real obe implementation which is the focus of higher education now that the country has signed the Washington Accord to adopt outcome-based education in higher education institutes in the country.

Outcome Based Education (OBE)

Outcome based education is a student centered approach that focuses on measuring student performance i.e. outcomes. Outcomes include knowledge, skills and attitude. The currently available technologies are efficient in capturing the knowledge up to great extent, capturing the skills up to some extent but they are not at all good at capturing the attitude part of it. The real OBE implementation should be efficient enough to capture all the three aspects as mentioned above.

OBE is being mandated by NBA, AICTE to ensure the program quality and to bring effectiveness into the existing teaching learning process. It is not a regulatory process or audit. It helps institutions in enabling a process of continuous self improvement.

Below are the terms one need to understand for an effective OBE implementation.

  • Vision statement
  • Mission statement
  • Program Educational Objective (PEO)
  • Program Specific Objective(PSO)
  • Program Outcome(PO)
  • Course Outcome(CO)

In order to go for the NBA OBE evaluation process, last 3 years detailed academic as well as stakeholder feedback data has to be used. The data will be used to derive the COs, POs, PEOs and PSOs. The mission and vision statement for each program has to be defined with effective consultation from all stakeholders including the Alumnus, parents and the industry.

Keeping all of the above in mind, we have designed our LMS for an effective OBE implementation through stakeholder participation. Please call us or email us for a free OBE consultation.

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