In the online learning environment, schools must use multiple tools and applications to address all their needs. Therefore, Genius SIS interfaces with other applications to exchange information and keep data synchronized. One of the main applications that Genius integrates with is your LMS. This article describes the information that is exchanged between Genius and your LMS, allowing you to better understand how information flows between one system and the other.
Why Integrate Genius and your LMS?
As we described earlier, Genius has been designed to save time and help information flow when it comes to managing an e-Learning initiative. Integrating Genius with your LMS helps remove the need to enter data twice, eliminating errors and saving time. Genius also makes key data gathered by the LMS a lot more visible through the use of Dashboards and Reports - helping both the managers and instructors that form a key part of your team to gain access to the information they need to make decisions that help ensure the success of your e-Learning initiative.
The Integration between Genius and your LMS
Learning Management Systems, or LMS, LCMS or CMS, are applications designed to house both the actual course content and the grades obtained by learners as they complete their coursework. LMSs are the application that learners will use in order to access their courses, complete assignments and submit their work. Examples of LMS are Agilix’s BrainHoney, Blackboard's Learn, Instructure's Canvas and Moodle, amongst others.
Typically the integration between Genius SIS and the LMS will work in both directions, i.e., Genius SIS will send information to the LMS, and the LMS will send information to Genius SIS. Below, we describe the information that flows from Genius to your LMS:
From Genius to your LMS:
Information sent from Genius SIS to the LMS may include:
- Course creation and updates
- Section creation and updates
- Teacher creation and updates
- Student creation and updates
- Teacher enrollments in sections
- Students enrollments in sections
From your LMS to Genius:
Conversely, information sent from the LMS to Genius SIS may include:
- Grade information (assignments completed and grades)
- Enrollment status (Genius SIS gets notified when a final grade is issued so the student can be removed from the section)
- Student activity
Integration with the LMS may also include a Single Sign-on procedure (SSO), where the user logs into one system and is automatically logged into the other system as well. This helps make the navigation between the systems seamless, so that users do not need to re-enter their login and password. Your organization may exchange more or less data between Genius and your LMS, depending on the scope of the integration between the two systems.
Additional details about the way in which Genius and your LMS exchange information are available in the Administrator section of this Knowledge Base.