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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A learning management system (LMS) is an software application which helps to deliver online training. With the help of it, we can deliver courses as well as track users’ status and scores.
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Many organizations are using eLearning to train their employees, and they need a Learning Management System (LMS) to track and monitor learning activities. According to the Brandon Hall 2012 report, 78% of organizations are using a Learning Management System (LMS) and 33% of companies were looking to upgrade or replace their current systems.
Moodle is the most widely used open source learning management systems, according to the eLearning Guild. It is highly flexible and can be customized based on our needs. I got opportunities to attend brainstorming sessions with customers to identify their specific requirements to manage trainings on the LMS. One of the common requirements which is not available in Moodle is domains. They wanted to have multiple domains in the same LMS. Users or the administrator belonging to Domain-A should not be allowed to view/access the courses or users of Domain-B. There should be a chief administrator who should have access to all the users of or courses available in the LMS, irrespective of domains.
Collaborative learning may play an important role in training employees or channel partners. Collaborative learning enables your people to obtain vital information which they may not be able to obtain through formal training programs.
LMS, an acronym for Learning Management System, is a software application designed to plan, implement and track learning content. It helps integrate all training administration activities under one roof. A Learning Management System is sometimes also known as Course Management System (CMS), Learning Content Management System (LCMS), Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Virtual Learning System (VLS), learning portal, or eLearning platform. Though a Learning Management System (LMS) is defined differently by different vendors, its functions remain the same.
A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application that helps deliver online training programs. An LMS can also be used to track, document and report learners’ process.
Performing learning management activities using an LMS, in an organization with a few employees, is easy. But, performing these activities in a company with several staff members, in a short time period, can be quite hectic. Usually, these “bulk”, time-bound activities need to be performed when you setup a new LMS and want to do lot of activities in the initial stages to set all the pre-training settings. Also, you need to perform these activities if you assign a selected set of courses to a group of specific users.
It is common knowledge that companies need to manage their training programs effectively to enhance productivity make the most of their training dollar. So, how can you make sure that you get the highest ROI on training? What does it take to equip your staff members with the needed knowledge and skills in a very efficient and cost-effective manner? Well, you need to use a Learning Management System (LMS).