Over the last few years, the LMS as we know it has changed from simply being an e-learning delivery platform to a much broader learning platform involving a blend of various learning formats and methodologies. According to a study by Capterra, 53% of organizations around the world believe an LMS is useful not only for e-learning program delivery but also for managing classroom training programs.
This post explains the various ways an LMS can be used to deliver blended learning effectively.
1. Use the LMS to keep learners informed
Managing classroom training requires a lot of effort because they are influenced by the time and effort of the learners and facilitators. You can use your LMS to notify your learners of the upcoming classroom sessions using the training calendar featureand to record the attendance.
2. Conduct pre-ILT session activities
It’s a good idea to conduct an online pre-test to evaluate the knowledge levels of your people, prior to the ILT training. You can also assign e-learning courses before the instructor-led training (ILT) program to bridge knowledge gaps and ensure all learners are at the “same level”, when they attend the classroom session. One of our clients in the pharmaceutical space uses its LMS to deliver e-learning courses to its sales reps before an ILT session. This helps bridge the gaps in the knowledge of the salespeople before they attend the session.
3. Use the LMS as a knowledge repository
You can use your LMS to provide access to learning materials. It’s a best practice to host ILT resources such as course materials, handouts and how-to guides in the digital format, so that learners can use them anytime, anywhere.
4. Harness the power of the LMS to deliver reinforced learning
It is important to remember human memory is short and effective learning cannot take place through a one-time training event. You need to reinforce the learning at periodic intervals to ensure it sticks. You can use your LMS to deliver microlearning modules to reinforce learning. You can also use the LMS to provide access to online job-aids to enhance the performance of your staff.
5. Conduct online assessments
We all know that assessments play a key role in the evaluation of your learners’ comprehension of the subject matter delivered. It’s advisable to use an LMS to conduct a test online after the ILT program, to evaluate learners. This is because LMSs help you track the performance of your learners in the online assessment and generate reports which will enable you analyze their learning.
6. Facilitate effective social learning
One of the most popular trends in the corporate training world is social learning. Many companies are integrating social learning into their training programs, and your LMS can be a very useful tool to facilitate good social learning. You can use the LMS to track learning interactions through blogs, discussion forums, podcasts, social media, offline messaging, and email communications.
A large number of companies are using blended learning solutions to train their employees, and LMSs are widely used for this purpose. You can use an LMS to notify your people of the upcoming classroom training programs and conduct online learning activitiesbefore the ILT session. You can use the LMS to host learning resources and reinforce the learning of your staff. An LMS can be used to conduct assessments online, after the completion of the classroom session. You can also use your LMS to make the best use of social learning. Hope you find the blog interesting. Do share your views.