The concept of online learning is becoming increasingly popular. Businesses and schools alike are benefiting from this. Online learning is made possible with the help of LMS (Learning Management Systems). This system is basically software that allows employees or students to access online learning material and programs. Online learning has made things easy for businesses or schools. If the employees need to be trained on a particular task, this can be done easily through an LMS.
The employees can sit at their individual workstations and complete the test. This makes it convenient for businesses as they don’t have to hold a large meeting or training session. The test or training material can be accessed from anywhere. Also a report is submitted to the individual who hosted the training. The report indicates which employees completed the training and which ones cleared the test following the training.
This makes promoting new businesses ideas uncomplicated for the business. The business won’t need to invest a hefty amount on training and keeping their employees up to date with the latest business developments. Let’s look at a few qualities of such software and how it makes learning easy:
1. Convenience in Accessing the System
The first and foremost essential in an LMS is ease of access. The system is easily accessible on any hardware and platform. This is what makes it practical. The whole point of an LMS is to avoid having employees gather at a particular place and yet train them. Therefore, this system should be able to work with any platform being used. This is important because employees prefer using different hardware, browsers, etc. Compatibility with multiple platforms saves time for the employees and doesn’t affect productivity. Even if an employee is not at work or is away on a business trip, he/she should still be able to access the LMS.
2. Provision of Different Mediums
Training or learning new tactics of a business at a dedicated computer can be boring. During a session, there is a person training the employees and other people to interact with. However, while working on an LMS, the employee is alone. Therefore, it is important to keep the training or test interactive. It should feature a combination of video, animation and literature. This is what makes it interesting for the employee. To cater to this need, an LMS should have provisions to support different mediums, like audio, video, animations and even presentations. An LMS offering these features will keep the employees engaged throughout the presentation.
3. Evaluation of Performance
Every LMS should be equipped with the ability to assess the performance of employees throughout a training session. This gives a confirmation to the host that the training has been completed successfully. Usually, a brief test is conducted at the end of the training session. The LMS automatically evaluates the performance of the employee and informs the host about the results. This way no one has to manually check the test and generate a report. The LMS takes care of this process.
4. Should Work As a Database
For reference, employees should be able to access the training session in the future as well. This will enable the employees to use the training session on the LMS as a knowledge base. Should they have any confusion regarding a particular process, they should quickly be able to access the Learning Management System and get the answer. Certain LMS such as ProProfs offer a suite of eLearning tools which includes a knowledgebase. In a hectic work environment, employees often tend to forget a few basic points following the training. In such cases an LMS offering a knowledgebase often comes in handy.
Keep these attributes in mind when selecting an LMS for your business.
David Miller is an educational researcher who has vast experience in the field of teaching, Online testing and training. He is associated with prestigious universities and many leading educational research organizations. He’s also an ed-tech veteran, currently pursuing research in new eLearning developments.