Online Learning Management System (OLMS) in Indonesian Higher Education: Investigating Benefits and Obstacles
Keywords:Digital Learning , Online Learning , Indonesian Higher Education
The issue investigated in this paper is about the advantages and the challenges of Online Learning Management System (OLMS) in Indonesian Higher Educations. The aim of OLMS is to provide better service for students and to improve the quality of teaching and learning activity using internet and digital devices used in Indonesian higher education institutions. However, there are some obstacles encountered by lecturers and students in using OLMS. Therefore, this article examines the advantages of OLMS implementation by elaborating and discussing its drawbacks, particularly to investigate more closely in Indonesian Higher Education context. The method for this study was a comprehensive review, analysis, and synthesis of OLMS, its challenges and arguments to counter the challenges. In order to complete a comprehensive and integrative review of the literature surrounding online learning and learning management system, the writer completed an exhaustive review of referred and non-referred publications as outlined by Torraco (2005). As the findings, there are three main benefits of OLMS that Indonesian higher education students can get; OLMS provides easy and communicative access, enhances collaborative learning, and facilitates the students to express their opinion even though there are still some challenges that students and lectures face during the learning process such as; internet poor connection, the ability of lecturers to use online platforms, and the existences of less confident students. Hence, in order to succeed OLMS implementation, this paper concludes that enhancing the quality of online platform, encouraging the lecturers to be more active in teaching, and facilitating the learners are necessarily needed to be improved.