LCMS+ can help you:
- Easily locate your events and upload your materials
- Capture feedback and communicate with students
- Manage various student cohorts that exist within each course
- Simplify the creation of new courses and reuse content from previous courses with our course rollover function
- Easily handle repeating events and highly structured sets of events
With these tools:
- A comprehensive, integrated exam system which can deliver traditional exams, TBL events, and clinical skills assessment
- A Patient Encounter Tracking (logging) system which links to courses and ties back to goals and objectives for accreditation reporting. This system can track duty hours, patient encounters, diagnostic conditions and procedures.
- Course Check List which provides a streamlined interface and contextual suggestions to simplify the setup process for new courses
- Automated and flexible peer evaluation tool for small groups
- Scorecard to track all grades in a course, tied to the exam system
- Auto email notification of upcoming events
Have more questions? Check out what other Faculty have asked us:
Does LCMS+ enable students to log into to a personalized space where they can see their schedule on a calendar and access course information including learning goals, instructional activities, and all reading materials?
Yes! LCMS+ is a calendar-based system. 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 inbold, and a count of not-yet-downloaded documents is provided.
Our students are required to track their satisfactory 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). LCMS+ also offers a customizable portfolio that can track documents in various folders or categories.
It would be helpful if our students could get prompt feedback on how they have performed on examinations, especially for formative assessment activities. 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 students to see feedback on questions and answers as they are taking an exam. SIF helps you turn the exam system into a learning tool so your students don’t just see the correct answers – they can actually understand why their answers were right or wrong.
We would like to increase the use of narrative evaluation by faculty to provide formative feedback. Can this be done as a part of the assessment process using your system?
Yes. Our evaluation function uses a survey tool that allows full text responses of up to 16mb, which is longer than should ever be required. This data, once collected, can be used to populate reports based on your specifications.
Our students frequently neglect to complete evaluations of their learning experiences and of the faculty. Does your system have a mechanism for sending out customized evaluations to students with email reminders to increase their participation?
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. Evaluations can be sent on-demand or fully scheduled and automated, or you can do them both ways.
You can ask students to evaluate each instance of contact with a particular faculty member, or you can issue a summary evaluation. For example, if a student has seen the same instructor five times over the period of the evaluation, you can allow them to evaluate the instructor for all those contacts at once. in either case, the student receives a link back to the learning event(s) for that instructor so they can refresh their memory and review content. Students and administrators alike repeatedly cite this critical feature as one of their favorite parts of LCMS+.
We want to give our course directors a user-friendly way to tap into question banks to create and administer nearly all their exams via web-based testing. Does your system enable this service?
You bet. Course directors can search through all questions that have been created in the system to build a customized question bank for their course. This customized question bank is then available for all exams created within the course. There is also an option that lets faculty create questions based on their lecture, and these questions are sent directly to the course question bank.
Our educational administrative leadership wants to have summary reports of student and faculty performance as a part of the overall program evaluation of the curriculum. Does LCMS+ enable customized reports of evaluations at the course or program level?
Yes. LCMS+ gives you an evaluation system that is linked at the course level. Once this data is collected, customized reports can be created from this data. We are currently developing an analytics module for this purpose to codify much of the reporting that is being done manually based on this data.
Given that information such as copyrighted lectures, recordings, exams, grades, and patient encounters are stored in CMSs, tell us about the security methods and software features used to prevent sensitive information from reaching the incorrect users.
This is a big issue for most schools, so we are adding an user-definable attestation form to the upload function. If you choose to use this option, any user who uploads materials to the system will have to acknowledge the attestation to get access to the upload function. LCMS+ also tracks the user ID of any individual who uploads any file.
Does LCMS+ offer tools for annotation of text and video?
This is usually accomplished via tools that reside on the student’s system. We do have an option to create audio/visual versions of presentations integrated with source material which can then be annotated.
What tutorials, seminars, or help sessions are available for end-user experience improvements and instructor/content manager education?
LCMS+ offers a substantial wiki that serves as a good general reference. We are actively developing online tutorials designed for faculty, students, course directors, and staff. These manuals will be integrated with the current reference material. You can find these on our YouTube channel.
Additionally, we are creating courses on our demo system that will be designed around these manuals. Each course will be one week long, and will consist of a series of lessons, exercises, and exams designed to familiarize users with the system.
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.