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LMS Design Thinking About the Educational Process


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I find it helps if you think about the entire educational process backwards. From the end to the beginning. Start with your student’s desired outcome. Then you need to design a “system” the “S” part of the “LMS” to get you there.

But again don’t over-complicate this. If you start from the LMS rather than the desired outcome you risk falling in love with a bunch of cool educational features and tools that you don’t really need and don’t really help your students meet their goals.

Let me explain. In the example we just talked about the entire educational system consisted of:

  1. A student completing a project and handing it to a teacher.
  2. A teacher accepting the project and taking the time to read it.
  3. Then the teacher and student exchange ideas and the teacher provides feedback.
  4. And the last step was for the student to make beneficial changes to their project.

The technology that was required was.

  1. A computer to write the script.
  2. Software to format the script.
  3. A printer to print the script.
  4. A cafe to meet at.
  5. A couple of chairs to sit in.
  6. A table.
  7. And a couple of cappuccinos.

Which is what you needed to accomplish this particular educational goal. Nothing more, nothing less.


Okay, this is where things get really really cool. Let’s say Paige really liked the experience of guiding and helping aspiring writers and let’s say her students loved her so much that word of mouth ends up getting Paige countless requests for her services. So let’s say Paige ends up picking up new students to work with.

But she’s probably going to realize two things pretty quickly.

First, many of her students are making the same beginner mistakes. Which isn’t a bad thing. It’s to be expected. It’s part of the process for everybody. But it’s not the most efficient use of Paige’s time. You see, she’s meeting with different students but she’s explaining the same concepts over and over and over again.

And secondly, Paige is going to run out of time. Maybe she can read 2 scripts per day, provide feedback for both students at the cafe. Let’s say she charges $300 per review. With 2 clients per day, she’s making $600 per day. Which is great! But its’ not the best she can do… Because the internet exists.

So how does she transfer her cafe LMS over to an online LMS?



Part 1: Best Learning Management System
Part 2: Real world educational exchanges
Part 3: LMS design: Thinking about the educational process backwards
Part 4: How to bring your course idea online: Decide on LMS features
Part 5: LMS scalability & efficiency