What is an LMS?
We live in an age full of information and knowledge. And that is an amazing thing for the world of eLearning. So many people from all walks of life are now looking online for their new training or education journey and this is great news for all of us!
If you have undertaken any form of eLearning, or you have created any eLearning courses the likelihood is that you will have seen or used some form of LMS.
In this article, we are going to share with you the top 8 benefits of using a LMS – however before we do, it is best we start with looking into the LMS as a whole; what they are, what they do, and why they are important.
“A learning management system (LMS for short) is a software application that is used to administer, track, report
and deliver training.”
And this is perhaps one of the easiest and simplest ways to explain what an LMS system is. If we were to extend on this a little further, a learning management system will give you the ability to create and deliver and even report on a set training course or program.
So many people have the ability to use an LMS. Small to medium sized enterprises can use an LMS to free up time by streamlining the training process. Larger companies can also use a LMS to train different scales of audiences. So, they can introduce an LMS for training employees on a number of subjects but could also use an LMS to introduce a new employee when they join the team.
One really good way of using an LMS is for businesses and enterprises to train their customers on their products or services – this can lead to an increased level of customer satisfaction and reduce things like customer turnover and aid retention.
So now we have broken down the meaning of what an LMS is and the basic uses of one, allow us to share with you our top 8 benefits of using an LMS, and why you should consider using one!
1. Cost Reduction
Learning is a wonderful thing; it gives us the ability to expand our horizons both personally and professionally. However, learning traditionally can certainly cost a fair amount when finding the right approach. The biggest fees can come the instructors of course, but you have to also take into account travel costs and of course training materials too. And what about the location hiring? An LMS allows you the chance to host all of your training online which is going to save you a lot of money in the long run. Normally, a good solid LMS will make its money back in next to no time.
2. Time Saving
Time has to be taken into account when you implement any form of training. Any form of face to face training sessions take a lot of time – including travelling and setting up. And does not take massive chunks out of the day. The ability to start and stop training at any time throughout the training which allows people to be able to put in a bit of time during their lunch break, coffee break or even during their commute. You don’t need to invest a lot of time straight away into training and can be broken down into bitesize chunks.
3. Automated Approach
Training within a business helps to include a form of structure and organisation – and a good LMS will support this.
A solid LMS will allow for any time consuming and task laborious tasks to become automated – so adding learners, rolling out exams and even issuing certificates saving you more vital time. This then adds to the time saving benefits we spoken about before – by automating the process you are not just saving time for the learner but for yourself too.
There is a good chance that you have pre-existing training materials for your enterprise and you don’t want to lose these of course! Well do not worry! A good LMS will allow you to upload your pre-existing training materials and use them for years to come. So, whether you have already created learning videos, learning documents or even power point type presentations you should be able to upload them to a good LMS.
We all know that people learn in different manners, and that we take on board information in different ways. For example; it is known we need to switch the material from visual, kinetic, audio and linguistically. With a strong LMS you will have the ability to choose a number of different approaches to ensure you can meet the needs of all of your learners.
Your learners will also be able to choose the relevant material that matches their learning requirements.
6. A Centred Approach
So many people have their learning materials located in different locations with different ways of accessing them. An LMS will give you the ability to keep all of the learning material in one location so anyone can access it. This saves a lot of time in the long run and ensures that any material is never lost or misplaced or even missed off a person’s learning.
There is a vital need for reports to be introduced to learning as it allows for any general feedback and insights as to how well your learners are going. You will have the ability to run these reports on an ad hoc basis or you should be able to schedule the process to keep it all automated.
The ability to run reports will give you the chance to ensure your material is working well for your learners and to ensure that the whole learning system is working as effectively and as well as you would want them to.
As we mentioned earlier, a good LMS will give you the chance to upload any pre-existing training materials you may have. However the ability to create more material and upload it is even easier.
An LMS is an important training tool for all businesses; large or small. Technology has transformed the way we work and learn in the 21st century and this will no doubt continue as new innovations emerge.
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