Breaking Down Updates to the Learning Management System at Laurel Springs School
Just in time for the 2018-19 school year, the Laurel Springs School Learning Management System (LMS) is getting a full upgrade. We’ve created some updated guides to utilizing the new system for both students and observers – see below.
Please read on to learn more about the changes coming to our LMS on Monday, August 13th.
Why are you making changes to the Learning Management System?
All updates to our Learning Management System have been made with the student experience in mind and, in many cases, were made based on feedback received from students, parents, and teachers. Many of the LMS features remain the same but were refreshed to function more intuitively than before.
Will this new version look like the old Learning Management System?
No – it’s a stunning upgrade. Our refreshed Learning Management System has been thoughtfully redesigned with a clean, modern appearance that is visually impactful and lends to a user-friendly experience.
How do I login to the new Learning Management System?
You will be able to log in using the same information used to access the previous system. If you cannot access your account because you forgot your password, you will be able to reset it on the login screen. We’ve put together a guide on resetting your password – click here to access it.
Should I be concerned about red overdue dates?
No! We know the appearance of overdue dates in red text has been cause for concern for many students and parents, so we’ve edited the way in which they appear. You will still be able to see when assignments are considered overdue, but this is solely to give you the ability to plan a schedule that works for you.
Will I still be able to view my test and assignment grades?
Absolutely. Self-advocacy is crucial to student success at Laurel Springs, so it is imperative that students have a full understanding of how they are progressing through their coursework. You will now have access to a personal Gradebook that updates in real time and allows you to keep track of individual courses and assignments.
What new features are coming to the Learning Management System?
There are a host of new and updated features within the LMS. We’ve included some descriptions of said features below. For full information on the changes coming to our LMS, we encourage you to access the New LMS Onboarding course that will be available Monday, August 13th.
- Course Tiles
Front and center on the main LMS Dashboard, new course tiles are designed to be informative and visually impactful, allowing students to easily keep track of start and end dates, course progress, and current grades.
- To-Do List
A handy To-Do List feature gives students easy access to upcoming course presentations and assignments, and alerts them to when they will be considered Past Due, allowing them to plan accordingly
- Activity Stream
Our all-new Facebook-esque Activity Stream allows students to monitor up-to-the-minute progress in coursework, providing detailed information about assignment submissions, test and assignment scores, teacher feedback, and more.
- Virtual Office
Access LSS Live, Student Services, and Counseling all from with the LMS.
- Real-Time Notifications
Get notified via text or email when teachers grade student tests and assignments
Easily plan your day, week, or month with our new calendar feature that allows you to sync your schedule and assignments with Google or Outlook.
- Changing Your Target End Date
You will now be able to easily change your target end date on the Settings page.
Will the new Learning Management System make it easier to communicate with teachers?
Yes! One of our highest priorities in refreshing our LMS was providing students and teachers with tools that allowed for more effective and efficient communication. You can now enjoy rich, seamless interaction with teachers through audio, video, and written communications.
Will there be more changes coming?
You will notice some features within the Learning Management System (e.g.: For Me, Badges, etc.) are currently disabled, but they may be utilized in the future. We are always looking for ways to enhance the Laurel Springs student experience and we’d love to hear your feedback on our new LMS and what features you’d like to see added in the future.
Who do I contact if I’m experiencing technical issues with the new LMS?
Our technical support team is happy to help rectify any issues you may experience. You can contact technical support Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time by calling (800) 377-5890 or by emailing email@example.com. As always, you can also contact our Student Services support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.