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Mastering Course Management Systems in K12 Publishing

Contemporary K12 learners are leveraging digital resources to learn more effectively. They may do so from their mobile phones and learn at their own convenience. On the other hand, the usage of physical textbooks is dwindling. 

Hence, K12 publishers need to focus on digital as part of their content creation and delivery strategy. However, the production of digital K12 programming is quite different from printing physical textbooks. Content is more dynamic, engaging, and interactive. 

To facilitate this paradigm shift, K12 publishers need to upgrade their tech stack to leverage the benefits of educational management systems.

This blog delves into how K12 publishers can keep pace with evolving needs with high-quality digital programming.  

Table of Contents

I. What are Course Management Systems?

II. Top Advantages of Course Management Systems

  1. Build Interactive Courses with Ease 
  2. Ease of Admin Use 
  3. Creation of Interactive eBooks 
  4. Easy Distribution of E-Courses
  5. Protection of Course Revenues 
  6. Access Customized Learner Data Analytics 
  7. Build Accessible Content 
  8. Update Existing Courses

III. Conclusion

What are Course Management Systems?

A course management system is a software solution that enables K12 publishers to manage the entire course design and delivery workflow from one unified interface. 

Course management systems come with advanced capabilities such as multimedia content development and publishing, interactive eBook design and delivery, easy conversion of file formats, and secure distribution of courses to users. 

This platform automates several processes, making it efficient and advantageous for K12 publishers in multiple ways.

Top Advantages of Course Management Systems

A superior course management system comes with several advantages for K12 publishers, as follows:

Build Interactive Courses with Ease

K12 publishers can be imaginative and inventive when designing e-courses with course management systems. The platform makes it easy to create and publish courses with multiple elements. 

For instance, a chapter on Newton’s Laws of Motion can be presented with a mix of video and audio representations, text, infographics, and even three-dimensional (3D) visualization, offering learners an immersive experience. 

Once all course elements are ready, the course management system‘s drag-and-drop features simplify course creation and publication.

Ease of Admin Use

Traditionally, designing courses has been a tedious process where creators needed extensive coding and design skills. However, contemporary course management systems make building courses without these skills simple for admins. 

Several processes are automated. All raw content and finished courses can be categorized and stored on the cloud, and recipients can be grouped into cohorts. Hence, locating raw pieces of content and fully developed courses is easy. Stakeholders in diverse locations can also collaborate to enhance course content.

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Creation of Interactive eBooks

The worldwide ed-tech market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17.79% between 2021 and 2026. The shifting interest towards eBooks is considered a major factor driving this growth. Hence, K12 publishers have made eBooks a key part of their course strategy. However, producing high-quality interactive eBooks requires access to the right technology. 

Course management systems enable the easy creation and publishing of interactive eBooks. eBooks in the ePUB file format are gaining popularity as they include features such as automatic optimization across all devices and collaborative reading and learning. Even traditional textbooks can be digitized and updated with fresh elements such as videos and audio representations added to them.

Easy Distribution of E-Courses

The safety and security of K12 e-courses are just as important for K12 publishers as creative design. Course management systems enable organizations to securely publish and distribute e-courses seamlessly. Recipients can be segregated into groups, and courses can be categorized into playlists to help simplify the distribution process. 

Another benefit is that recipients can view and engage with the course without downloading the attachments via email or messaging apps since everything is on a single platform. Learners can be onboarded onto the system, allowing them to enjoy a unified viewing experience of all content.

Protection of Course Revenues

Loss of revenue is a major concern for K12 publishers. Without a secure distribution strategy, it is easy for the content to be plagiarized and duplicated. Such practices eat into the revenues of the business while also failing to protect the copyright of the courses. 

However, a superior course management system like KITABOO comes equipped with a digital rights management framework. This capability helps publishers grant access only to authorized users who have purchased the courses. They could also give free access at their discretion. Hence, the courses are protected from copyright violations, and revenues are protected. 

Access Customized Learner Data Analytics

This is yet another value-add that helps K12 publishers understand user habits and behavior. Dashboards can be customized to help K12 publishers extract important insights into how a learner interacts with their eBook:

  • How long they spend on each module
  • What learning formats are most popular (e.g., video content click rates)
  • Users’ log-in times
  • And more!

The deeper they dive into data analytics, the better they will be able to curate personalized courses in the future.

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Build Accessible Content

A wide range of learners today have some form of learning or physical challenge. Hence, learning through an onsite lecture-style classroom or physical textbook may not meet their needs. Technology is helping bridge these gaps through the production of accessible courses. 

With the use of course management systems, every course can be made accessible for all learners through multiple formats of content – ranging from videos and audio representations and alternative text options to publishing content in multiple languages.

Update Existing Courses

K12 publishers may already have published courses across a wide range of subjects. Access to course management systems helps them upgrade these courses to make them more interactive and accessible to all.

Rather than starting from scratch, they can digitize and optimize learning effectiveness through this process. For instance, PDF textbooks can now be converted into the ePUB format, which enables them to be interactive and optimized across all devices.

Conclusion

By making course management systems a part of their tech stack, K12 publishers can cost-effectively produce learner-focused, accessible courses. 

Digital textbook platforms such as KITABOO enable K12 publishers to publish and distribute high-quality courses, provide effective course management systems and reach wider audiences while protecting revenues.  

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Vishal Dani

Vishal Dani

Vishal is the Senior Vice President and Head - Cloud Platforms & Technology at HurixDigital. He leads the product development group and technology solutions.