LMS Guide – Learning Management System Basics
Before 2020 began we all knew that the workplace world was changing but since COVID-19 it has become almost unrecognisable. As remote working becomes the new normal senior management teams and HR departments are beginning to wonder if their old training methods are still fit for purpose. The obvious solution is to turn to learning online but what is it really all about? It is all too easy to find complex articles that assume a basic understanding that you may not already possess. So this guide is there to provide that basic knowledge.
All your eLearning content in one location.
Hosted courses can be accessed almost anywhere at all times and across all modern connected devices. One location avoids content becoming spread out over different hard drives and devices where version control becomes impossible. Learning developers and LMS custodians can be assigned privileged roles to access, maintain and add content.
Unlimited access to online materials.
Once uploaded all your registered learners can access the content immediately. So even those who are on the go can login to the platform via their smartphones and tablets. They don’t have to wait until their next formal training session to develop or improve their skills. This is one of the main reasons why an LMS is essential for global audiences in different locations and time zones.
Easy tracking of learner progress and performance.
An LMS gives you the ability to keep track of learner progress and ensure that they are meeting their performance milestones. Reporting and analytics tools allow managers to pinpoint areas of need and ensure that new or updated courses plug these gaps.
Reduced Learning and Development costs.
A Learning Management System gives you the power to completely do away with instructor travel costs, online training site rentals, and printed eLearning materials. Your online learners can carry out all of their training online, which means that you can save a sizable sum on your Learning and Development budget. That said, many LMS platforms also offer classroom and virtual room booking facilities to enable blended training programs where face to face training may be critical.
Control over compliance training and regulations.
An LMS is ideal to track course completions and provide evidence of courses being passed and/or recompleted. Compliance laws change on a regular basis and updating a traditional course to reflect these changes can be time consuming. On any LMS you just upload the new course version and everyone will be certain to learn the new regulations.
LMS with social learning integration.
Modern Learning Management Systems, often dubbed LXP’s, offer forums and membership pages that are similar in style to the likes of Facebook and LinkedIn. These social environments provide less formal areas where views and guidance can be freely exchanged and it encourages users to return regularly and offer peer to peer collaboration. A great way to drive engagement and to breakdown departmental or geographical boundaries.
Now that you have a grasp of the key LMS fundamentals you’ll most likely benefit from talking to someone about which platform and pricing structure would suite your business best, so why not call us now on 0330 024 2881 or reach out using the contact form provided HERE.