Employee learning and training has become most important for organizations to achieve their business goals. Organizations can deliver training through live classroom training, virtual classroom training, webinars, eLearning modules or through mobile devices.
The tool that helps organizations to organize and track performance of all the trainings is “Learning Management System (LMS)”. Organizations are currently opting for Learning Management Systems to organize and track their trainings programs. Many Corporate LMS service providers as well as many Open Source LMSs such as Moodle have excellent tracking capabilities.
Why is tracking important?
Tracking is important primarily for three main reasons. With an LMS that has tracking capabilities, you can improve the efficiency of your eLearning courses and training programs on the whole. You can ensure courses are relevant and add value to learners as they give you an opportunity to seek feedback and improvise. Let’s look at them one by one.
Improve efficiency: Manual tracking is difficult for each training program. It is not only time consuming but may also result in incorrect data being recorded. If the organization is spread across the world, it becomes very difficult to track the training at the central source. In this case, training will be organized and tracked separately in the respective divisions of the organization, resulting in a lot of duplication of efforts, time and manpower.
Make courses relevant: Learners can be assigned courses according to their progress. Once courses are assigned to learners, their progress against the expected path can be tracked, reviewed and changes made accordingly. A combination of instructor-led and eLearning courses can be offered along with an integrated tracking system through a learning management system. This provides scope for improvement and customization as per individual learning needs.
Seek feedback and improvise: Learners can record their feedback about courses, which gives an opportunity for training managers to assess the effectiveness of courses. Sometimes, courses may not be relevant or of immediate use to learners, and if there is no evaluation or feedback from learners, unpopular courses continue to be hosted which do not serve any purpose. With feedback and evaluation, these courses can be either modified or replaced with more relevant ones.
All training methods require considerable amount of investment on the part of the organization in terms of analyzing current training needs, available budget, planning, implementing, reviewing and so on. Just as you need a well laid out plan, you need an equally sound implementation and evaluation of your learning programs. A robust learning management system is necessary to help you to organize, track the performance and evaluate all your trainings initiatives. How do you track the effectiveness of your training programs (both ILT as well as eLearning) through your learning management system? Do share your ideas and experiences.