Evaluating the Role of a Learning Management System
Once you’ve made the decision to sign up for a Learning Management System, and that it will suit the needs of your organization more readily than a traditional training set-up, you naturally need to know what you’re actually looking for from the system. Most LMS systems are developed in order to provide a certain core of functionality that will enable your company to manage the training and learning requirements for your organization. Some of the most common facets of any good Learning Management System are as follows.
It’s fine to train your staff via an information technology route, but an adept Learning Management System will offer users the opportunity to assign and track individual and collective results within the process. This is obviously particularly useful to tracking how well your employees are coping with the particular training that you’re offering, but also enables them to gain confidence from the process, or see where they have room for improvement.
When one thinks of a Learning Management System, many people will automatically think of an LMS system that requires either software downloads, or sufficient hardware to run the software satisfactorily. Today, the most sought after Learning Management Systems are undoubtedly those that are web-based providing online training software tools, and particular those that enable participants to collaborate while online. Such systems are simply more convenient for organizations to use as they don’t necessitate any further expense other than having an Internet connection, which of course virtually all companies do nowadays.
The next asset for any Learning Management System is flexibility. One of the most obvious facets of flexibility that comes to mind is the ability to create course content. Different organizations have completely different needs, and some of these individual requirements are so obtuse and rarely requested, that it’s impossible for an individual course to be made up in advance in order to satisfy them, as the demand simply doesn’t exist. However, any LMS system that enables users to make up their own courses is particularly useful and sought after for obvious reasons.
Finally, one shouldn’t underestimate the value of having an intuitive and user-friendly Learning Management System. You may show a potential system to IT staff, or particularly proficient members of your staff, and find that they take to it with flying colors. But this is no good if other employees find it to be arcane and difficult to operate.
The best Learning Management Systems should be as easy to operate as the Internet, thus meaning that all members of staff can use it with the same level of proficiency. In this respect, the eLeaP system has received a lot of deserved praise, with many considering that it is possible to operate eLeaP if you simply know how to use a keyboard and mouse.