Class Blog Versus Class LMS

networkingOver the years we have seen an evolution occur in the WordPress ecosystem.

What was once meant for blogging has evolved to a content management system, learning management system, forums, social networking, event booking, ecommerce, and so on. It has been a pretty remarkable transformation.

If you’re a teacher then chances are you have some form of online learning integrated with your class. If you don’t, then you’re missing out on an opportunity to improve the learning of your students.

Given the ease-of-use of WordPress, there was a time when teachers all over the world would start a class blog.

In some cases, they would even allow their students to create blogs by leveraging WordPress multisite installations.

But just as WordPress has evolved, so has digital learning.

The classroom blog approach still has its use, but I firmly believe it isn’t as applicable as it was a few years ago.

The growth of online learning has placed greater demands for virtual education that cannot be fully met by blog posts and pages. These tools demand structure, and that’s what a WordPress learning management system like LearnDash can deliver.

Using WordPress and an LMS plugin, teachers now have the ability to structure their online course content in a way that better coincides with their live instruction. It’s easy to implement online forums for discussion, badges for gamification, and quizzes for evaluation. This kind of flexibility provided by WordPress makes it a natural fit for education.

That said, you can still use the blogging component of WordPress in the classroom. Teachers can create blog posts and request students to leave their reaction in the comments. They can even create assignments for students to write reports via their own blog. The umbrella for all of this though is an LMS.

WordPress makes it easy to get started, and LearnDash provides the structure that can tie in your online course material with your instruction.

If you’re interested in learning more about how this could help you, then don’t hesitate to send us a note – we’d be happy to discuss the possibilities!

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

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