You can’t expect each of your hires to be the best of the lot. A great deal of time and training goes into upgrading them to the company standards. This can be a challenging as well as time consuming task for training managers. But the Learning Management System (LMS) can let you breathe a sigh of relief. Read on how.
LMS is a software application that permits you to manage, document, report, deliver, and track your training programs. You may wonder how an LMS can support your training program without an E-learning course. Trust me, you can. It can offer you a training platform on which your staff can be trained effortlessly.
How Can an LMS be a Wonderful Training Host?
Imports existing content
Your existing training material can be developed into a course curriculum that suits your training needs. The PowerPoint decks, audio recordings, and videos that supported your classroom trainings can be utilized in designing your curriculum.
For instance, a WebEx training session that was designed to train your employees on compliance can be recorded and imported to the LMS.
Encourages Collaborative Learning
New employees can meet peers, leaders, mentors in a collaborative environment through an LMS. Through an LMS, you can foster discussions; post blogs to share any subject matter. You can integrate social media to enable learners share videos, documents, pages, and views on relevant concepts. Collaborative learning gives employees an opportunity to know how the company really works – the culture, processes, procedures – and more importantly, mentors can address all the doubts a new hire has about his role or job in the company.
Modifies and Customizes the Course Content
With an LMS, you can easily mix and match various training elements such as PPTs, training videos, seminar audios, etc. and customize them as per the learners’ specific needs. Every organization has different departments and every department has diverse needs. An LMS permits you to make several copies of your virtual seminars, which can be tailored to suit the needs of a specific department.
So, a marketing employee doesn’t have to take the course meant for a production employee. Rather, they can both take separate courses customized specifically for them. It helps them go through values and policies that are apt for their respective departments.
Assesses Learners’ Performance
Quizzes are a great way to assess the knowledge acquired by your staff. The Quiz engine on an LMS helps you publish them. You need to ensure learners don’t move on to the next topic, without taking the quiz on the current topic. Scores should be displayed for the learners to know, where they stand. Hence, the learners’ activity can be tracked and analyzed by their training managers.
Let’s assume a sales rep taking a product training course, finds it tough to remember the features of the product he needs to sell. In spite of taking the quiz several times, he fails to succeed. This will help the training manager identify the shortcomings of the sales rep and focuses on the areas of improvement.
Helps Create libraries
Creating an online portal about your organization would be of good help to the staff as they can access it anytime to gain clarification on their queries. After a brief introduction to the company policies and work culture, if an employee wants in-depth knowledge of the internal work processes, he can access the library to go through the processes.
For example, an employee who is unclear about his leave or health policy can approach the portal for comprehensive information. These portals can provide additional information, that couldn’t be shared through your curriculum.
Supports Course Improvement
As an LMS helps you track the learner’s data, you can know the time a learner took to complete the course. It also helps you track where the learner got stuck. This gives you a clue to which part of the course is time-consuming, so it can be improved and made more learner-friendly.
For example, if a particular topic in your Code of Conduct training is a cause of concern for most of the employees, the training manager can improve the course by involving a few examples. Hence, the course can be edited and improved to make it more comprehensible.
Assists in Complying with Regulatory Requirements
It is mandatory that your employees comply with several compliance issues such as Ethics, Patent Rights, Environmental Responsibilities, Social Media Use, Information Security, and Diversity. Unlike classroom training, using an LMS delivers training to all employees quickly, irrespective of their job profile and location. You can also track the completion of these compliance courses and generate certificates through the LMS, which can be submitted to the authorities.
Hence, an LMS can cut down your training blues by making it an easy task. Now training your staff shouldn’t be as difficult as you assumed it to be. As discussed in the blog, you don’t need to have an E-learning course to train your staff via the LMS. In fact, your LMS can be used to accommodate your existent training material, which will further slash your training costs. You also have the option of downloading a free open source LMS, that’s Moodle.
Hope you found this blog worth a read!