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Helix Education Makes LMS Platform More User-Friendly for Instructors
Education has released several new enhancements to its Helix Learning Management System (LMS) designed to allow instructors to spend less time worrying about
the "back-end" technology and more working with students.
Helix LMS is a learning management system for higher
education that focuses on competency-based formats both on-campus and
The new functionalities are intended to create efficiencies involving
communication between instructors and students, grading and course
The latest version of Helix LMS is designed to allow instructors to communicate more efficiently with students.
Recent improvements to the Helix platform include:
functionality that helps the instructor create his or her own
to-do list that readily adapts to the student's pace, letting faculty
exactly when to reach out to them with reminders. For example, a student
moving through a course quickly and is close to finishing might receive
reminder if the student hasn't logged in for three days. On the other
student who may be working on the course over a longer time period might
receive a reminder for up to seven days;
grading options allow the instructor to make notes and grade
documents from the student — like Word files, PowerPoint presentations
— on the documents themselves. This is designed to both make the grading process
laborious and time-consuming for the instructor and offer the students
opportunity for more feedback on their work;
repurposing will allow multiple versions of rubrics in the system
instructors can link them to different assessments if they want, or to a
assessment if that's their choice. The added flexibility is designed to allow
to reuse the best and most appropriate rubrics without starting from
each time; and
- Finally, a complete preview mode allows
instructors and curriculum developers to view and navigate a course
a student would, allowing them to better gauge the flow of content
course from the student's perspective.
"Our goal is for both students and instructors to have a meaningful
experience," said Helix Education Senior Vice President Steve Pappageorge.
"They can't be bogged down by technology, but rather need to be able to
fully on learning materials, activities and interaction."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.