Why too many tech tools achieve the opposite effect
With the arrival of digital technologies that are applied to Vocational Education and Training (VET) Learning Management Systems (LMS) have been faced with the task of keeping up. While it is true that a digital revolution has its advantages, the harsh truth is that many adapting institutions are struggling with keeping up. Too many tech tools are in development with promises to revolutionise the education sector, but many often end up staggering the progress of those for whom they are intended. Here are some ways in which having too many tools negatively affects education as a whole.
- Staggered efficiency
This is especially true in the case of the trainers, whose jobs are to make the most use of these technologies to better train students in real skills and the underpinning knowledge. Trainers find it completely frustrating dealing with poorly performing tools that make it harder to carry out activities, assessments or deliver content to students. When a trainer spends more than half of their time working on the tech tools than actually training, then there is a clearly an issue.
- Time wastage
Education and Training is carried out on a specified schedule, and when the schedule is interrupted, the most obvious impact is often wastage of time. Trainers and administrators alike experience frustration in keeping up with all the available technology at their disposal and the disparity makes carrying out normal functions more time consuming that it needs to be. Administrators spend time and resources trying to manage systems when they should be focusing on their core roles. A migration to digitally enhanced learning should serve to save time, not waste it, which is what happens when there are too many tech tools in use.
- Poor ROI from systems in general
When any training provider is having a tough time making use of the numerous disparate tools and systems put in place for them, it thus follows that the ROI for these systems becomes greatly reduced. There is often also a decreased rate of adoption of these tools because it is too cumbersome and time consuming to learn and make use of them, which also results in a decreased ROI for the system as a whole.
- Increased spending in IT
When the tech tools put in place for learning become difficult to use, more of the school funding ends up diverted towards IT services to help. What follows is an endless cycle of dependence on IT services that are often only temporary since the problem is the fact that there are too many systems to manage in the first place.
Using multiple LTS, APIs and third party plugins to LMS is at the core of this blog. Time and time again I see clients who complain about the above 4 points. The efficiency of the system, the wastage of time, the low ROI and the increased spending in IT.
SO, WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
The solution is using a LMS that has the capability built into the core system to do what you need. Any LMS software worth its salt should focus on reducing the time spent learning the software as well as in making said software easier to use.
FORGET looking to improve your system by implementing the latest plugin or LTI. Upgrade to a system such as Canvas that allows you to build amazing content in an easy to use way.
If you are already using a system like Canvas, forget about plugins and LTIs and use the core features provided. It includes all the tech tools without needing to go outside.
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