LCMS+ can help you by:
- Putting your discussions, exams, courses and calendar all in one place.
- Giving you quick access to your entire curriculum and course schedule via the web-based calendar system
- Providing auto notification of new course material and discussions
- Making it easy to locate and download your materials
- Showing your course and session objectives, so you know what you’re expected to learn
With these tools:
- Powerful full-text search capability
- An exam system that lets you mark items for review, cross-out distractors and navigate quickly through large exams while saving all data in real time
- An announcement system that keeps you up-to-date on the latest news
- Substantial detail at the calendar level to help avoid tedious navigation
- Discussion boards on any event, course or announcement
Have more questions? Check out what other students have asked us:
Does LCMS+ let me log into to a personalized space where I can see my schedule on a calendar and access my own course information including learning goals, instructional activities, and all my reading materials?
Yes! This is the paradigm for our whole system – it’s a calendar-based approach to learning and curriculum management.
Think about it – what’s our most common frame of reference when we’re dealing with school or work? We ask, “What do I have to do today, tomorrow, next week? And what tools or resources do I need to get that done?” Giving you the answers to those questions in a fast and flexible way is a key feature of LCMS+.
All users have the option of viewing their personalized calendar or the comprehensive calendar. This can be defined in the user’s preferences, or in real time via a checkbox on the calendar.
Course materials are stored in both the main course screen and the event screens. Introductory material is normally posted in the course screen, and the actual content for an event is normally posted directly to the event. There are reports and tools to see all the material posted to the course, and materials can also be distributed via course announcements.
Each event screen has options for the student to view the goals and objectives, competencies and session objectives. The course screen has reports to show the all of the goals and objectives for the course.
Students also have a reminder function at the bottom of the home screen that tells them how many documents have been uploaded for them that they have not yet downloaded. This links to a detailed list of the documents and enables the student to go directly to the event for the document, or to just download the document.
In the course and event screen, documents that have not yet been downloaded by the student appear in bold, and a count of not-yet-downloaded documents is provided.
This system sounds good for administrators, but what do students think of it?
Students are our most important audience. Communicating the complex schedule and content of undergraduate medical curriculum to the students is a real challenge, and improving the student experience was a core goal in the design of LCMS+.
Students tell us that they find the system easy to use and very helpful. The calendar-based nature of LCMS+ facilitates access to materials and schedules in a practical, just-in-time manner that really works for students’ busy lives.
We have to track our performance on a variety of procedures. Does your system have a function for logging procedures and/or tracking learning portfolios?
Yes. We have a patient encounter tracking system (PET) that tracks procedures and patient types that is tied back to the course. This allows course directors to track the student’s progress. The system also logs duty hours to ensure compliance with local laws (this can be customized according to state regulations).
We also have a customizable portfolio that can track documents in various folders or categories.
It would be great if we could get prompt feedback on how we performed on exams. Does your system have this feature?
Yes. Exams can be set up with a number of feedback settings, such as:
- No feedback
- List of questions answered
- List of questions answered + response
- List of questions answered + response + correctness
- Option to generate a customized PDF document that can be downloaded by the student or emailed to them.
In addition, super-immediate feedback (SIF) is an option that allows you to see feedback on questions and answers as you are taking an exam. If enabled by your school’s administrators, SIF can help you increase your understanding by showing you why your answers were right or wrong.
What tutorials, seminars, or help sessions are available for end-user experience improvements and instructor/content manager education?
We have a substantial wiki that serves as a good general reference. We also offer video tutorials designed for faculty, students, course directors, and staff that are available at our Client Services portal and on our YouTube channel. In addition, we are developing courses on our demo system that will consist of a series of lessons, exercises, and exams designed to familiarize users with the system.
We always want to give you the materials that work best for you. So tell us how you like to learn.
We have to complete evaluations of our learning experiences and of the faculty. Does your system have a mechanism for sending out customized evaluations to us with email reminders?
Yes. The LCMS+ evaluation system sends out a reminder when an evaluation becomes active, with a link back to the evaluation. Additional reminders can be sent out at ‘x’ number of days. Additionally, every time a student logs onto the system, a reminder screen is presented if there are any overdue evaluations, exams, make up exams (for absences), new lottery or course signups, etc.
Students and administrators alike repeatedly cite this critical feature as one of their favorite parts of LCMS+.
Can I use LCMS+ on a Mac? What about a Linux machine? Will it work with my favorite browser?
LCMS+ works on any current desktop operating system such as Windows, Mac or Linux running a current version of any major browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE, Opera). We recommend a minimum of 1GB Ram. LCMS+ is delivered entirely by browser; no desktop client other than a current major browser is required (see below for options). LCMS+ does not require flash, java, or any other browser add-ons.
All supported browsers must be a current version of the browser, meaning a version that is no more than 12 months old. The only exception is a browser that is no longer supported by the browser vendor but is still on our list (Example: IE7).
As of January 2015, the following browsers are supported (current versions unless otherwise specified below):
- Firefox on Windows, Mac, Linux – this is our preferred browser, and the one we recommend
- Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
- IE11 on Windows (older versions of IE for basic student functionality ONLY)
- Opera on Windows, Mac, Linux
- Safari on Mac, PC, and iPad/iPhone*
It is possible to use other browsers but we cannot guarantee that all functions will work on non-supported browsers. A message to this effect will be displayed to users of non-supported browsers. LCMS+ reserves the right to discontinue support for browsers that are obsolete by generally accepted business standards.
Note: we recommend that administrators use Firefox, as some of the administrative functions have not been optimized for other browsers.
*A basic mobile/tablet version of LCMS+ is currently undergoing enhancements. It will be appropriate for student and faculty use. Staff and course directors/coordinators will need to use the standard version in order to access the full functionality required by their more sophisticated tasks.