Organizations invest considerable money in setting up a learning management system (LMS). Courses are uploaded and over the years a huge repository of training material is stored on to the LMS. Does that ensure the success of the training program? Does merely having a huge repository of courses, on the LMS, ensure expected results? What can you do to ensure that you make the best of your learning management system?
The Institute of Alternative Futures (IAF) is an organization founded by Clement Bezold, Alvin Toffler and James Dator. It provides support and aid to organizations to create their preferred futures. The IAF conducted a survey on behalf of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) regarding collaborative learning communities and technical innovation networks. (Ref: http://www.altfutures.org). Based on its research it identified 5 drivers that make it important for organizations to consider including communities of practices, as a part of strategic framework. I tried to understand these five drivers in the context of Learning Management Systems in today’s corporate world. Here are some thoughts.
Sales people operate under tough conditions-chasing deadlines and time is usually a scare commodity for them. It is therefore, difficult to customize sales training that accommodates their working schedules and timelines.The difficulty is only compounded when you are a large organization, with geographically dispersed sales force. Given the scenario, a single platform to manage and monitor all the training needs, assign training programs and follow up on their completion, would be ideal.
There is, perhaps no other innovation in recent times, which matches the permeability and reach that mobile devices have achieved. Their increased usage is recorded not just in the developed nations, but in developing nations as well. So much so, that UNESCO has recognized its potential as a viable medium for education in remote and hard to reach areas (Ref: http://www.unesco.org).
According to the International Telecommunications Union, global mobile cellular subscription is estimated to be around 5.9 billion in 2011 i.e. almost 87% of the world population! Mobile devices were never created for eLearning or mLearning. They were created as media devices. However, because of their ubiquitous presence and acceptance, they are increasingly being used for learning purposes.
In my last blog Outsourcing eLearning Courseware Development: A Good Solution I had mentioned why outsourcing eLearning courseware is the best option. In this blog I would like to share with you some criteria that help you choose an eLearning partner.
eLearning has become the accepted option for organizations, who wish to encourage learning and development among their employees. Some organizations develop training programs in house, with the available resources and use them to host the same on to the company intranet. It may be a quick-fix solution when you are hard pressed for time to have something running. However, in the long run, it is always advisable to have your customer courseware requirement outsourced. Let’s understand why.
We have been sharing in our earlier blogs about the latest trend of providing knowledge in bite-sized modules’. A one hour eLearning module can be broken down into 6 RLOs or reusable learning objects which can be accessed independently. I feel this trend is gaining a lot more momentum than before.
Do you wish you could train the sales personnel of your distributors or resellers, as effectively as your employees? Wouldn’t it be great if they had as much access to eLearning programs as your employees, without gaining access to your company’s secure LMS? It is now possible to have effective online training programs for them, the same way as for your employees; by creating a separate LMS, exclusively for your resellers and distributors.
A learning management system is not just a platform to deliver online training courses. It is also an essential component for delivering your eLearning programs and is certainly not limited to being a delivery medium.