Though learning management systems are becoming very common as organisations are accepting the need for continuous learning, there are still a lot of organisations out there who are reluctant to shed their traditional training programs and overhaul their employee development strategies. The primary reason for this may be any: inadequate knowledge about how LMSs work, unfamiliarity with blended learning systems or general hesitation to try something new. If you are one of those organisations that still haven’t taken the plunge, you might be losing out on good business. Sounds too far-fetched? Well, it has already been established that the rate of employee learning affects the growth of business.
Here is what an LMS can do for your training, learning and development needs:
An LMS makes blended learning possible; one that combines multiple forms of learning like elearning, mobile learning, simulation based learning and even the traditional classroom training program. This is because the LMS acts as a central repository of all learning material and makes information available to employees which is suitable to the medium they are using to learn. For example, short quizzes and videos for mobile learning or detailed courseware through online learning. Moreover, exposing your employees to the same information albeit in different forms and through different media definitely helps them retain what you want them to.
How many times can you effectively measure how interested your classroom learners are? Well, at times you can judge their lack of interest by their blank faces and uninterested behaviour, but then the question arises- why does that happen? Simply because learners do not feel involved enough in the learning process. An LMS puts the learners in active control of their learning, thus keeping them engaged in the process rather than limiting them to be passive receivers of information. Learners can view, organise and schedule their learning activities based on their preferences- something that is sure to garner interest.
Technology is driving our preferences in every sphere. From shopping to booking to reading, people are using technology because it fits their schedules and preferences beautifully. Similarly, using technology at the workplace is like killing two birds with the same stone. You can deliver learning on the devices that your employees prefer , while also winning favour for being a techno-friendly organisation rather than one which discourages technology. And your LMS manages all the back-end work.
Geographically Independent Learning
When you no longer have to rely solely on the classroom based learning, your employees can have access to their accounts on the LMS from anywhere and anytime. Truly a boon for multi-national corporations!
Increased Social Learning
An LMS also makes it possible to integrate social learning elements. To conceptualise this, think of Facebook or Twitter as a learning platform, where your employees share updates about blogs, pictures, infographics, videos etc that are related to their work and your business; and participate in online discussions by commenting on one anothers’ posts. This makes collaborative learning possible that has a personal touch to it; employees learn from what their peers share and build on that knowledge. A healthy peer pressure makes way for healthy learning.
Flexibility to Learners
It’s time we stopped treating employees like college graduates being expected to show up for classes every now and then. True, classroom based learning has its own benefits, but it should be limited to only the cases where key skills or knowledge need to be delivered. Employees, who are already running on tight work schedules should be allowed the flexibility to adjust their training when and where they want it- on the way to work, while travelling for an official tour, or whenever they feel they have the time and will.
An LMS makes it possible to deliver a robust performance support system for employees by giving them ready-at-hand access to just-in-time learning. For example, on-the-job guides that direct employees what to do when they encounter any issue.
How many traditional training programs acknowledge the learning of employees who are self-motivated to learn outside the office? None. If an employee watches a YouTube video or reads an article in the newspaper that positively affects his performance and knowledge about things at the job, isn’t the employee getting trained out of self-interest? An LMS allows such extended learning activities to be monitored, recorded and added to the account of individuals. Something that is sure to encourage self-motivated learning (instead of limiting it because of the “Who cares/ Who acknowledges” attitude).
These are just 8 of the many advantages of an LMS and the organisations using them and thriving in their businesses are proof to this. If you have any other ideas about how an LMS contributes to training, share with us too!
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