A manufacturing company in U.S is expanding its business operations across the country. In this process they hired new employees which posed many challenges like training the new hires on production processes within short time. In the other case, a food and beverage company which rolls out new products on a regular basis, wanted to develop training programs quickly so that they could keep their employees informed about product features and promotional offers regularly.
A Learning Management System proves very useful in administering and managing trainings effectively. It is not just a means of tracking and evaluating the training. Organizations which use LMS can manage classroom training as well as online training and learners can get training certification also. This works as a communication platform for learners, managers and trainers. Using LMS, training can be evaluated through assessments and surveys. With LMS features, training plans for employees can be created and learner progress can be tracked to improve their performance.
In the previous blog, we had a good background on the training function; now let’s see what an LMS is and what its uses are, and also have a look at the basic features of an LMS.
In our earlier blog, we had stated that a user-friendly learning management system is the key to encourage users to make use of the resources in an LMS and to help them complete designated courses. So, how do you make your LMS have a user-friendly interface? Here are some ideas.
Organizations invest huge amounts in learning management systems. Courses are developed according to the requirements of training managers or SMEs and hosted on the LMS. The information pertaining to the courses is conveyed to those employees who are expected to take the relevant courses.
Technology is constantly evolving and so are the learning management systems. Gone are the days when the sole purpose of an LMS was to host courses and track user completion of the courses. Today’s learning management systems can do a lot more than that.
Take a quick look at the array of authoring tools available today in the market and you will be spoilt for choice! There are the more popular ones such as Articulate, Lectora, Captivate, Flash and others such as Course Lab, What2Learning, CamStudio working in the same space. All of them are great in their own right and offer multitude of options to create eLearning solutions. So, which ones do you use for your eLearning course?
Investing in an LMS is a big decision that an organization needs to take. Typically organizations look for solutions that address their learning and training requirements. There are many questions that come up in the initial discussions – should we go for proprietary LMSs or should we try open-source? What features should we be looking at, what are the costs involved, will they meet our specifications and so on. However, it is not so much about what a Blackboard, Saba, Sumtotal or Moodle CAN DO or NOT DO but how they can best be customized to cater to our requirements that is more significant. In this context, here are some do’s and don’ts that we can keep in mind while selecting an LMS.
To implement eLearning courses as a part of training curriculum, many factors need to be taken into account. You need to begin with the end in mind, that is to say, you need to set your learning goals. This can be achieved by integrating the right training content and appropriate technology which includes selecting the authoring tools, learning management system and so on. You may choose to develop your courses in-house or you may want to outsource it to an external vendor. However, to do so, you need to evaluate your in-house capabilities to design eLearning courses and assess which parts can be developed in-house and which parts need to be outsourced?
It is estimated that in the next 5 years, more users will connect to the Internet by using their mobile devices than through their PCs. This has interesting implications for training design. Organizations, who are keen to stay in tune with the changing times and offer the best training solutions to their employees, cannot afford to ignore the recent explosion in the use of mobile devices for delivering training.