Simply put, a Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application used by administrators and learners to manage and access educational courses online. Ideally, an LMS helps manage users, courses, roles, instructors and generate reports; helps administrators create a learning calendar; allows learners to get notifications and messages from administrators; and track scores and transcripts of learners. In retrospect, an LMS is a program with all the necessary tools for communication and learning used by both the educators and the ones being educated.
LMS enables companies to save plenty of time and money in training their manpower through this web-based environment as it is easily accessible anytime and anywhere by both trainers and trainees (regardless of volume of participants), allowing for faster and cost-effective learning.
Let’s delve deeper into the benefits that LMS brings.
As mentioned earlier, LMS saves companies a huge amount of valuable time and money. Through LMS, training programs can be easily organized, scheduled, and conducted according to the availability and convenience of both instructors and trainees. The training programs can be saved, backed up, shared, and reused anytime, anywhere. And because these programs serve as virtual classrooms, they reduce the costs required by attending a traditional class conducted in a classroom or training room through eliminating administrative and paperwork costs, transportation costs, and travel time.
Streamlined training process
LMS allows for the seamless management of each instructor’s training administration process. Create online courses, plan activity calendar, run assessments before and after the training period, and share necessary documents with learners and educators regardless of time and location. Another great part of the LMS is that it allows both instructors and trainees to track their progress as needed. In retrospect, all the tasks mentioned if done manually are time consuming, exhausting, and requires too much from an individual. LMS reduces the time and effort required for the execution of these tasks by seamlessly centralizing training functions.
Scalability and wider reach
Since LMS is a virtual classroom, it allows educators to accommodate and cater to a large number of participating trainees–a task difficult to achieve through a traditional classroom or training room with a limited seating capacity. With LMS, instructors can deliver lessons and modules to trainees regardless of their number, location, and time of availability without affecting the quality and consistency of any training program.
Because LMS is a centralized platform, all the content and information within a training program can be easily changed or updated. It makes updating documents, forms, requirements, and course descriptions and specifications an easy task. Also, all users participating within a training program will receive the necessary updates done in real-time.
With the continuous development of today’s technology, almost all work environments have adapted to a digitized working process. Today, almost all employees are equipped with desktops, laptops, and even mobile devices to access and work on documents. With the availability of these devices entails the easier accessibility of training programs without having to exert too much effort. By leveraging the power of technology to teach and learn, companies can create a futuristic and much more interesting training process.
Flexible access to training resources
LMS eliminates time and geographical restrictions that becomes an issue for some of the participants in a training program that hinders them from attending a scheduled class. With LMS, you can run classes and disperse it to different departments or organizations within a working environment without and disruptions. Make l live group discussions, social learning, and knowledge collaboration an unhindered and continuous process through LMS features like chat rooms, forums, blogs, online interaction with experts, and many more.
Multiple learning channels through multimedia
Each learner differ in terms of the ability to digest information. Some learn better through listening while some absorb information better through visuals. LMS caters to the different learning needs of each trainee as they can learn through various materials such as videos, podcasts, infographics, text files, and plenty more as provided by the instructors. Educators are not limited to verbal discussion and hard copies of learning materials, making overall learning and teaching easier, effective, engaging, more fun, and definitely interesting through providing variety.
If a trainee misses a day of training due to the inability to attend classes, it doesn’t mean that he missed out on crucial information where he must borrow notes from fellow trainees to be able to catch up. With LMS, it’s possible that the trainee can easily access learning materials whenever they need it as long as it is provided by their trainees. LMS eliminates the stress of missing out on trainings at the same time, it encourages self-paced learning, ultimately increasing knowledge retention among learners as they can review materials, and study at a pace they are most comfortable with.
Now that we’ve enumerated and discussed some of the benefits of using LMS, perhaps you should give it a try for your business or company. Know more about LMS and how you can maximize this tool for the development of your company. Watch out for our future blog posts!