Learning management system

Introduction to a learning management system

A Learning Management System is a cloud-based software package that enables enterprises to deliver learning content and resources to their employees. A learning management system is often web-and cloud-based to facilitate 24/7 access to elearning courses and relevant education.

A learning management system can be described as the missing bridge between current education improvements and effective uses of technology. It is also a tool that will encourage instructors to guide and manage employee achievement more effectively by contextualizing the learning experience itself in a consistent and creative way. Many professionals agree that technology alone will not transform a company. Rather, technology must be comprehensively and consistently integrated in order to transform the way people – more specifically employees – learn.

At a minimum, the LMS system often allows employees to attend and track e-learning courses and content, with a clear overview of the results. In the most comprehensive of LMSs, one may find tools such as:

  • succession planning roadmaps
  • competency management and profiles
  • skills-gap analysis
  • certifications and awards
  • virtual live classes
  • resource allocation

Because of the heavy focus on e-learning in the last five years, a Learning Management Systems is being adopted as the combination of Learning and Performance Management Systems.

General benefits

Implementing a learning management system offers multiple advantages.

1. Extra time for trainers

Trainers often have an overload of work. Instead of assisting one or two new employees, they have to teach large groups. As a result, many of these professionals conduct general lectures that only cover the basics and do not help new hires understand the complexity of certain subjects.

Learning management systems provide valuable assistance to trainers during hiring periods. The HRM Guide reports that many systems can include reporting tools so that trainees can only contact superiors when they are struggling with certain lessons. This ensures that educators only have to assist with specific issues rather than cover every procedure.

2. Secure and easy exchange of learning data for administrators

Each learning management system is a secure tool and robust server and facilitates uploading, storing and sharing of learning resources in the form of courses, assessments, documents and manuals or guides that complement a company’s learning program. These online resources can be integrated as a repository for learners to access information just-in-time of need or as performance-support tools during a face-to-face learning session.

3. A wide array of learning channels and media formats

Traditional learning (for example conventional seminars) is limited to verbal trainings or written instructions by trainers. Thanks to an advanced learning management system, learnings are able to access a wide array of learning elements in different media formats (HTML, videos, audio, text files,…). This serves as a knowledge repository for a large amount of information which will establish a thorough and engaging learning experience for employees.