About: Sherman Morrison

G. Sherman H. Morrison is a writer and editor based in Keene, New Hampshire. He holds a Master of Science in Management from Antioch University New England where his studies focused on effective leadership and management of any organization’s single most important resource – it’s employees. The talent management and human resources landscape is evolving rapidly in the brave new digital world of the 21st century, and Sherman keeps track of it all for people and companies who want to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Sherman writes for a variety of sites, including Talent Management 360, eLeaP (learning and training in the corporate context), and Healevate (alternative health topics) to name a few. When not clacking away on his laptop, Sherman can typically be found performing and directing with a variety of theatre groups in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.

Learning Management System Integrations for Maximum Impact

Your company relies on a variety of different software applications to keep the business running smoothly and facilitate its work. As a learning professional, the addition of your LMS to suite of applications being used by your business was probably among the more recent additions. An unfortunate number of learning professionals experience a rather rude awakening when it comes time to get that LMS to talk to the other systems in place. Making that happen easily or smoothly seems to be the exception to the rule, which can make your work life much more stressful than you’d like it to be. Learning management system integrations are essential for maximum impact of your learning programs on the business. Here are some things to keep in mind:
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Learning Management System Analytics for ROI

When you became a learning and/or eLearning professional, your educational path may or may not have included much in the way of statistics or data analytics, but the reality of your career in nearly any 21st-century company more than likely is demanding that you incorporate these tasks and skills into your work. What’s driving these demands is the company’s need to justify learning program expenditures with a return on investment (ROI) calculation. They want to see that the precious resources that have been put into your learning programs are contributing to the company’s bottom line in a positive and impactful way. This has resulted in many a sleepless night for learning professionals scrambling to crunch the numbers and make the grade. One piece of this puzzle is making sure you know the role of learning management system analytics for calculating ROI.
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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

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

eLearning Chatbots: The Future of Corporate Learning and Training?

Chatbots are computer software programs that can engage in conversations with human users, or at least simulate a conversation-like interaction, whether by text messaging or voice chat with a simulated voice. Why is this important? In short, a lot of people are interested in figuring out how to automate interactions between customers and a company, such as in customer service. Extending the concept to eLearning could mean using chatbots to help deliver various kinds of training or learning content. Do eLearning chatbots really have a role to play in corporate learning and training efforts? Continue reading

The One-Hour Training Challenge

If you were tasked with creating a one-hour training module on some particular topic, how long do you suppose it would take? There are lots of reasons why taking the time to realistically and accurately answer this question is an important thing to do. You might be required to more accurately assess the cost and budget of what your company’s learning department is doing. If you’re savvy, you want to know this in order to calculate the return on investment (ROI) that your company gets from your learning and training efforts. Either way, if your company’s leadership is asking you to develop a training program and want to know how long it will take, it would be nice to give a real answer instead of something vague or unsure. Continue reading

eLearning Days as Makeups for School Cancellations

Weather prognosticator extraordinaire Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, which means another six weeks of winter weather if you believe in the legend. Either way, depending on where you’re at in the world, there’s still a whole lot of winter left, which has some school administrators and teachers pulling their hair out from all the snow days that have already been racked up this winter. For many school districts, this means extending the school year beyond the originally chosen last day of school to make up for excessive snow days beyond the handful already built into the academic schedule. After all, public schools have to meet their state’s requirements for hours of classroom instruction. But maintaining student engagement on makeup days that would otherwise be summer vacation is especially difficult. But there’s now a growing movement to ease this frustration, and it’s eLearning days that are proving to be a viable alternative. Continue reading

eLearning ROI Metrics

Whether your company’s eLearning efforts are small or large, many eLearning professionals still face an uphill battle in terms of getting the resources needed to produce quality eLearning programs and courses. A surprising number of corporate leaders are still hesitant or skeptical to fully embrace eLearning, and are quick to point out problems. The more you can make a solid business case for the value and benefits of eLearning, the better off you’ll be in the long haul. You have to be able to make the case beforehand for a new effort or project and then show the results afterwards in terms that company leadership understands: return on investment (ROI). This is where eLearning ROI metrics have an important role to play. Continue reading