Is there any platform for training on products to distributors / re-sellers beyond corporate business rules and internal IT security policies? Is there be any ready-made, quick, secure and low cost platform available?
Most may agree that training distributors on the products is one of the good strategies to increase sales. There are many ways to provide training such as, providing product manuals and videos through CD/DVD or, conducting physical workshops or seminars. However, you know how costly these delivery mechanisms are, and it may not be possible to reach all the global audience quickly. The most important factor that hinders the product launch is the time required to educate distributors. You may not want to lose too much time till the distributors get trained and then release the product into the market. Also, it may be very difficult for you to manage and monitor trainings through these approaches.
A medium of providing training to reach global audience quickly and is cost effective, is eLearning. Elearning can be developed using any rapid authoring tools and delivered using online learning platforms, such as Learning Management System (LMS). Your organization may have costly commercial LMS used to train your internal employees. Can you give access to product training developed for internal employees, to the distributors? You may not be able to do it because of complex business and information security rules.
When you are looking for quick, secure and low cost solution, you could, consider open source LMS such as Moodle, a leading open source LMS being used by many corporate organizations. For distributors it may not be necessary to have complex LMS features, like those you have for your internal employees. You just need a platform to host the courses securely and give access to distributors. Also, it is very easy to setup open source LMS with only required features while disabling all the unnecessary features. This makes the LMS more clean, user-friendly and easy to manage.
It is possible to setup an open source LMS for your distributors in just TWO weeks. Recently, we setup an LMS to one of our customers. Here is the project plan timeline.
As it is an open source, it is free to use for your distributor training and you need to do just one time investment in setup and customization. Moodle has all the required features to manage your trainings and distributors accounts.
So you may consider this option when you are looking for a fast learning platform to train your distributors across the world.
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There are many Learning Management Systems (LMSs) available in the market. We have both commercial and open-source LMSs. These LMSs may have all the basic features required to host and manage trainings. But, the main issue arises when you want to customize the training workflow as per the current structure and add advance features which are difficult to manage in the existing process.
A Learning Management System (LMS) is essentially used to plan and publish e-learning courses online, to be accessed by learners. Earlier, LMSs were technology-based and quite complex for end users (both administrators and learners) to navigate and manage courses or access them. Users had to rely on the technical team even for minor issues or requirements. Every problem had to be addressed by IT personnel. This was frustrating and resulted in an unenthusiastic response to the LMS as a whole by the users. Very few registered for the courses, and even those who did never completed them. Only mandatory compliance courses had 100% completion rates for obvious reasons!
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) help us in managing eLearning, classroom or virtual trainings easily. Apart from the structured training curriculum, you can provide your learners with additional learning resources to refresh their learning or give in-depth information. In most cases, the additional material provided is optional.
This optional training material can be shared using various methods.
MOODLE is the acronym of Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It was developed by Martin Dougiamas, a computer scientist and educator. MOODLE is an incredible Learning Management System (LMS) with exceptional features, and it is used extensively in the corporate training world.
One of the most useful features of MOODLE LMS is the activity completion tracking system. It enables the training manager to check the course completion status of the learner. By default, it is not enabled.
To enable this feature, you need to follow the below steps.
Collaborative or social learning is a type of learning where people gain knowledge working in groups. Learners interact with each other and exchange ideas and information to solve problems. Various researches have proven that collaborative learning to be very effective as it improves thinking skills and enhances leadership capabilities. So, how can you facilitate effective collaborative learning in an online environment? Well, you need to use a learning management system (LMS).
Report building is one of the crucial activities in any training process. It helps the training manager track the learner’s performance and training outcomes.
Earlier, this process was done manually. However, with technological advancements, this process has been automated. Now, using a learning management system (LMS), training managers can generate reports with just a click.
Technology is continuously evolving and it is no different with Learning Management Systems. According to a research published by EDUCASE Center for Analysis and Research, the average age of an LMS is eight years. It means that institutions need to replace their LMS every eight years to keep up with their current needs and demands. So, every few years, training managers or stakeholders of organizations will need to make a decision about either changing their existing LMS or modifying their current one. With so many options available, how do they decide which one is right for them? Selecting an LMS that is a “best-fit” for your organization is not an easy task.
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application which helps deliver online training as well as track users’ scores and status. It also helps training managers to generate reports and provide results to each user individually. One of such good tools to develop an LMS is Moodle.
As a training manager, you have to keep the records of your learners’ details, courses assigned to each of them, score sheets, grade reports, issue of certificates, details of registration and limiting access to users.