An LMS (Learning Management System) contains robust performance measurement abilities that distinguish it from a traditional training environment. You could collect the same information through traditional training but it takes much, much longer. The LMS gathers the data quickly and in a way thats crystal clear so that you can spend more time using its insights rather than gathering them.
How the tools within the LMS that will benefit you and your learners
1) Making Sure Your Learners are Moving Forward
One of the tools you need is the ability to view enrollments within your class. Its necessary to do the follow up to make sure that all the learners who are supposed to be taking your course are actually taking it so that the LMS can track them to successful completion. If youve been entrusted to make sure that the learners are trained properly then you absolutely need to make certain that theyre all enrolled and progressing forward so that it impacts positively your reputation as a trainer.
Additionally, an LMS helps to avoid last minute surprises by giving you advance notice when some learners may have fallen away from the track towards successful course completion. More importantly, a good LMS allows you to reach out with positive reinforcement to those who are doing really well and moving along quickly. This praise gets around and creates even more buzz in future courses.
2) Keeping You On Top On Things
Robust notification capabilities are needed in order to email users expiry and recertification notices but also give them the ability to enroll themselves. Most LMSs have this capability however some of them fall short with a sparse notification system. Its worth the time for you to investigate which LMSs can do this so that youre not stuck with one that comes up short.
Creating reports that show total classroom performance is crucial! A good LMS will be able to give you more granular insight into total classroom performance. For instance; by using test maker software with the LMS and comparing how much time individual learners are taking on courses versus their score and their progress, youll quickly be able to identify who is struggling and be able to focus your efforts on particular learners so they dont fall behind.
Exporting performance reports to an Excel format allows you to view the data in different ways and also chart the data graphically so that it can be clearer.
3) Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Finally, your LMS should be able to provide successful learners with certificates that acknowledge not only course completion but acquisition of new knowledge or a skill.
Its critical that a LMS track learner performance clearly. Youll benefit from it because youll be able to train more effectively; your learners will benefit because theyll successfully gain new knowledge and be able to implement it quickly and save money in the process.
An LMS is an important part of the overall online training picture. The best LMS software provides the features we describe. Not all do though and it helps to know as much as you can about its capabilities. Our ebook Whats The Difference Between an LMS and an LCMS? gives you all the information you need.
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