Using a variety of online services available for free on the internet you can convert your Classes/Courses/Tuitions into an online course without spending any money.
- Using a web blog, a page on Facebook, or other social network pages can be a central hub where the course syllabus and activities can be scheduled. An outline for the course can be created.
- Document sharing tools like Google Drive, DropBox, One Drive can be used to share the important notes and course contents.
- Tools like Skype, Whatsapp, Google Duos, Hangout can be used to communicate and hold webcam based meetings.
- Instagram and other photo sharing tools can be used to share photographs.
- To share videos services like Vimeo and Youtube can be utilized.
- Tools like Camtasia can be used to capture screenshots and record synchronized lecture or explanations about them.
But, if you choose these mix of different online tools instead of a dedicated LMS, Many challenges arise, including the following:
- Security and privacy.
Online tools, web blogs, social networking pages and such, frequently have an auto setting that opens the content to the general public. Now, this can cause people who are not authorized or enrolled for a course can see the material and maybe comment on it. A lot of information about students and teacher can be revealed to the public which can be misused through such free online tools.
A complete LMS provides authentication, gradebooks, and assessments within a closed secure environment. How will these be handled when web-based tools are used? Institutions typically must ensure that enrollment, assessment, and grade information is hosted on a server that they can control.
The utilization of the word "free software” may imply that learners are exposed to advertisements. For many educators and students, these advertisements can be a wrong distraction in the Learning experience. This could affect adversely in Learning potential of the student.
- One stop solution.
Students might get annoyed and irritated if they must learn to use many software instead of one simple Learning Management System. Also, information is not centralized. Students will have to go to different websites to complete activities or access different resources Also for the instructors it's quite tedious to manage different software for different tasks.