A quality Learning Management System (LMS), can serve to meet numerous functions for the improvement of employee knowledge and performance. If you are looking to institute an online learning program for your employees, then consider some of the inherent advantages of employing a LMS.
Stand-alone eLearning courses lack an important attribute that similar courses coupled with an LMS can boast; Follow-through. An LMS can take a strong E-learning course and turn it into an impressive virtual learning environment. Here’s How.
A dedicated LMS assists in the creation of individualized training schedules. With the BYOD boom in today’s workplace, many E-learning courses are being presented not only on traditional lap and desktop computers as in the past, but can be accessed through employee’s personal mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Because staff employed across a company are taking these eLearning courses on their own devices at all points throughout the day, their course completion times may vary. Setting reasonable deadlines in order to address these discrepancies is important. If employees feel that the timeframe of course completion is unreasonable, they are more likely to “audit” the course – that is move through the material as fast as possible, with little regard for results. Learning management systems allow for this type of complicated flexibility, keeping both trainers and employees satisfied.
Another vital function that the LMS fulfills, is the ability to statistically measure employee development. It is a good way to not only track staff progress, but to determine if the ROI of the training program is worthwhile. LMS solutions track results. They report high level stats of all course users and drill down to individual employee progress and scoring to help measure performance.
They can track employee course attendance, deadlines, test scores and completion rates. A LMS can also help determine how well an employee has absorbed the course material (knowledge retention) by monitoring their improved competence and job performance.
An organization employing an E-learning program and tracking its staff performance, will know in short order if they have made a smart investment. Consistently good employee scores, coupled with high attendance and strong course completion rates, indicate a quality online learning course that engages employees and encourages skill acquisition and competent job performance.
Another perk provided by the LMS is that it can be used to track certifications. It can consistently provide recertification reminders, automatically alerting employees of any expiring credentials and then direct them to the appropriate online course, proactively addressing the issue.
This feature ensures that staff do not lose their accreditation. Once the course is complete, the LMS can reward successful employees with a personalized certificate, customized to their particular achievement.
4) Security & Privacy
A final benefit of using an LMS, is that a company who is putting their people through an online learning program can do everything discussed above and guarantee employee confidentiality. All employee progress and information can be stored and delivered securely.
This means that when a staff member working in the field receives test scores on their smartphone after completing a course, they will be the only person outside the L&D team who can see them. This is important for two reasons.
First off, it maintains employee confidence in the E-learning process. Once they feel secure using a digital system for learning, they will be even more willing to fully participate in the procedure for any subsequent courses.
Secondly, by providing secure admission to authorized individuals only, the LMS prevents uninvited access to training courses and cheating. A learning management system can prevent this sort of behavior and maintain online course integrity, by including randomized examination questions and switching up the question sets themselves. This way, each round of testing offers unique challenges for the employee, while evaluating the same knowledge and skills across the staff-pool.
A compelling example and argument for the utilization of a LMS, is referred to in the ON24 whitepaper The World is Your Classroom. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global scholastic learning company, determined that they would conduct their corporation-wide 2011 kickoff training seminar in an E-learning, digital format for the first time. Calling it a “Virtual Learning Environment,” they hosted the program on a LMS and created a customized, two day virtual training course for its 900 participants.
When tracked on the LMS after the fact, it was found that
“The new format resulted in better learning outcomes than any of their prior classroom-style workshops. Some 87% of attendees said the virtual training was ‘very good’ or ‘outstanding’. The online training seminar was a big success from a financial point of view as well – it was approximately 90% less expensive, saving HMH more than $500,000.”