Facebook as Inspiration for LMSs
Creative educators and recruiters using LMSs may consider taking into account applications like the ones used by Facebook. Although the most popular activities on Facebook are profile- and picture-browsing, there are many features available that educators and business trainers might tap into as part of their LMS.
Features that LMSs could adopt include course-based chat rooms and instant messaging, where students can discuss ideas and thread conversations; their own profiles where they can pose questions and create their own discussion points; and homework assignments that can be sent, graded and returned as email attachments.
Social networking sites like Facebook can be used to post notifications, to acquaint students with one another, to form groups and networks, and to handle authentication. The best part is that Facebook applications are extremely user-friendly, and a good portion of your students or trainees are already familiar with and comfortable using them.