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.
Here are a few tips to make the most of your learning management system.
Training needs to be monitored and managed: It is not sufficient for systems to be built on the assumption that learning would happen automatically once the courses are uploaded on to the LMS. You need to have a dedicated team to initiate, monitor and manage the entire process on a continual basis.
Content requires constant evaluation and updating: Once courses are on the LMS, you need to monitor their utility and relevance to the users. In today’s dynamic environment, there is need to regularly make content up to date so that it is relevant and useful to learners. After all, there is no point in having outdated and irrelevant courses hosted on the LMS.
User queries need immediate response: One of the major issues that users face is being denied access to the course, and it could be due to something as simple as a forgotten password. In fact, resolving this issue by resetting password and enabling user access is one of the commonest things we are asked to do during LMS management. If users do not get immediate response to their queries, they may lose interest and enthusiasm in continuing with the course. Hence an absolutely minimum response time is essential when responding to technical glitches.
Collaborative and supportive activities on LMS need to be encouraged: Moderating forums, chats and blogs within the LMS is useful as learners share valuable experiences and insights among themselves, which can be incorporated into relevant modules for the benefit of many. Instead of a top-down approach, learning becomes more of a collaborative and supportive activity fostering peer-to-peer interactions.
Marketing of learning has to be actively promoted and engaged in: Last but not the least, are the conscious marketing effortsto ensure that the community is educated and informed about available courses. Actively engaging the group with regular email updates about courses and events relevant to the community will attract better participation from the group.
There is a lot more one can do with an LMS. What do you say? Do share your thoughts.