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What’s the Difference Between LMS and WMS?


In today’s digital world, there are more opportunities than ever for school districts to leverage technology to improve the educational experience through workflow management. Systems like a Learning Management System (LMS) and a Workflow Management System (WfMS) are two that can help your school district improve workflows, decrease expenses, and save time and money.

But which is right for your district?

Here’s everything you need to know about LMSs and WfMSs

Learning Management Systems (LMS)

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a type of system used to manage learning content and delivery. These systems are a popular way for schools, corporations, and government agencies alike to organize learning activities and track learner progress.

A major benefit of having an LMS for your school district is that it helps improve educational content workflows and the overall educational experience for students, staff, and parents.

Employee training and development is one way an LMS can improve your district’s workflow. By taking traditional classroom-based courses and making an on-demand e-learning version of the course, your district can streamline training-related tasks. An LMS can also help automize part of the educational workflow related to student learning.

Features will vary by system, but most LMSs can be used to:

  • Assign and collect homework.
  • Administer tests.
  • Provide instant feedback to the learner.
  • Record grades.
  • Create report cards.

Limitations of an LMS for Workflow Management

Despite its many benefits, there are some limitations to consider. While an LMS is good for delivering electronic learning content, it’s important to remember that an LMS is specifically designed for learning content delivery. It does not have the capacity to improve other workflows in your district. A WfMS, however, can improve workflows district-wide.

Workflow Management Systems (WfMSs)

A Workflow Management System (WfMS) is a type of software used to automate, streamline, and improve workflows. Systems like Script are frequently used to improve everyday processes in K-12 school districts like yours.

Take, for example, the 504 process. Many school districts rely on a manual process for forms, evaluations, and more. It can be very time-consuming and use a lot of resource. An LMS wouldn’t be able to automate this type of workflow, but a WfMS can help your district streamline most of the process.

Software like Script can help you improve several aspects of the 504 process, including:

  • Automated tracking and notifications to ensure compliance with deadlines.
  • Electronically generated notices and forms for each step of the process.
  • Paper-less document retention and management.

By automating some of the 504 workflow, less resources and time are spent on these tasks. The workflow can also be easily adjusted at any time for continuous process improvement.

So, which is right for your district?

Both! Both are essential in helping your district improve, but in different ways:

  • LMS – Delivery of educational courses, training programs, or learning and development programs from the school to the student or parent.
  • WfMS – Improve a variety of workflows throughout your entire district. Internal processes and external processes can be automated to save the central office time and money.

If you are looking to automate and improve processes throughout your entire district, a WfMS like Script is likely your best bet. If you just need a system to manage learning content and delivery, an LMS is probably the way to go.

LMS improves the educational experience through content management while a WfMS improves the experience through large-scale workflow management. From attendance to 504s and everything between, Workflow Management Systems like Script can help you quickly automate almost any workflow.

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