Expanding your LMS Definition
LMS as an acronym has had its share of slang definitions. From “like my status’, to ‘let me see’ but if you are on this page, I bet you are not looking to be cool on Facebook or Reddit. LMS is actually a shortened form of learning management system.
Learning management systems or an LMS, is software system or web based technology that lets not just companies, but any organization or even individual create elearning content and training materials and then deploy these elearning courses to users accessing via different devices. Through a learning management system, it’s possible to streamline everything related to training. It can include not only a combination of lesson formats and learning paths but also quizzes and other needed materials.
If your idea of an LMS definition includes lots of spreadsheets and reports crafted in your word processing software, it’s time to enter the brave new world of the 21st century and all it has to offer for taking your training and learning programs to the next level. You know you need to organize, distribute, manage, track, and evaluate all the learning efforts in your company, but there’s no need to keep limping along with outdated systems that take up way too much time and cause more frustration than they relieve.
In the digital era, your LMS definition can easily be modified into one that includes cloud-based solutions that automate much of what needs to be done in managing your company’s learning and training efforts. Cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions delivered through a standard web browser on any device with an Internet connection is the only way to go if you don’t want to risk being hopelessly outdated, which is something you simply can’t afford to allow if you want to establish and maintain a competitive advantage.
But before you go out there to find the right cloud-based LMS for you, there are two things you must do. First, read our seven-part series on How to Implement an LMS. It’s one of the most comprehensive series you’ll find anywhere that guides you through everything you need to know to make the best choice for your company.
The second thing you need to do is get used to the idea of aligning your learning and training efforts to your company’s business objectives. All of your company’s business goals must be translated into performance goals for employees in all the different departments and units of your company. Do yourself a favor and make all of these goals SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. An example of a not-so-SMART goal would be to increase market share. Make it SMART by detailing it out into increase market share to 50% within 8 months. Now that’s a SMART goal!
But now that goal needs to be translated into SMART performance goals for all the people who have a part to play in making it happen. Maybe it will include your sales department, such as increase sales to new customers by 10% per month during 8 months.
Even further, you now need to figure out if there is learning and training that needs to be developed and delivered to your salespeople to be able to make that goal. You might need to conduct an assessment to figure this out. It might reveal that your salespeople lack the knowledge and skill to convince people to switch from one brand to your brand. Now you can develop learning objectives and content that will equip your salespeople with what they need to achieve the goal.
The point is to realize that your LMS definition often needs to be greatly expanded in order to see how it integrates and affects people and systems throughout your company. You can find out if eLeaP is the right LMS for you by trying it for free. Please contact us for more information.
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