Learning Management System Usability: The Holy Grail

Everyone has experienced the pain and frustration of trying to use software applications that fail the usability test. This is why the new term for usability or what used to be called “user-friendly” is user experienceor UX. Software that doesn’t deliver a superior user experience simply won’t be successful in the long run. When you’re talking about learning management system usability, many vendors providing LMS solutions have missed the mark on what is probably the single most important requirement customers need. Unfortunately, many companies don’t realize that their LMS misses the mark until after it has been implemented and employees start using it, and then just as quickly stop using it. Continue reading

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Training Your Employees to Prevent PR Nightmares

Decades ago, the idea of a PR disaster was one that was rare. There, of course, were companies that suffered under the weight of bad press, but not in the way that companies do today. It seems like every day there is a new disaster affecting businesses around the world. So have businesses gotten less ethical and more sloppy or is there something else to the never-ending barrage of negative PR? Continue reading

3 Things Learning Management Systems Cannot Do

Almost every learning management system (LMS) software vendor website you visit will have a blog, and the articles you find there are often very useful and informative for anyone working as an eLearning professional. Many of those articles are also serving a marketing purpose for the LMS product the company offers, which is fine, but it also understandably paints a very positive picture of what an LMS can do for a company. As you take in more and more of these articles, you begin to get the picture that any given LMS is the magic bullet that will not only greatly improve your company’s learning, training and development programs, but will single-handedly save your company from what would otherwise be its sure demise if you dare to proceed in business without this or another LMS. It’s worth remembering that while an LMS can do lots great things for you, and they are getting better and better all the time, they are not the be-all-end-all determining your company’s fate. Here are three things learning management systems cannot do for you now and will probably never be able to do for you: Continue reading

5 Major Causes of Learning Management System Dissatisfaction

It feels like people have practically made a sport out of complaining about their company’s learning management system (LMS). It’s important, however, to weed out employees who are more dissatisfied with the content of learning programs than with the LMS itself, but even with that caveat the picture is bleak. And it’s not just the employees who are expressing their dissatisfaction. Continue reading

Learning Management System Administrator Career Path

There are lots of different career paths in eLearning, from content developer to instructional designer to programmers and coders for eLearning software. But there’s one employment opportunity that seems to be popping up more and more in job postings: The Learning Management System Administrator. Companies that utilize a learning management system (LMS) often find they need someone to serve as an administrative point person to handle a wide variety of details related to the use of its LMS. What does a learning management system administrator position look like in action? Continue reading

Using a Learning Management System To Create A Course

In our previous post, we covered some pros and cons of creating an online course to sell it or using it in a sales funnel. We also covered some of the basics, such as answering “what is a learning management system.”

If you’ve read that post, and you’ve made it to this one, it’s likely something you’re still seriously considering. Continue reading

Learning Management Systems and e-Commerce Course Creation

You have probably heard a lot about people who create online courses, and market and sell them online. It’s a huge business, but is it right for everyone?

 What should you know about creating online courses, and more specifically how to do so using a learning management system? Continue reading

The Importance of Ongoing Training and Follow-Up

With a shortage of skills and talent being something businesses across industries are confronting, there is a tremendous focus on training and development. Unemployment is low, certain skills are in high-demand, and for many employees, they’re in the driver’s seat.

Good employees have plenty of opportunities, and one of the best things employers can do when there are situations like this is focus on their training and development initiatives. Continue reading