Modern corporate world is the world of cut-throat competition and a continuous race for the top. In this scenario, perennial learning is what equips an employee to be at par with the demands of his job and of the industry. With the advent of e-learning and high-end e-learning software, learners are able to learn anytime and anywhere – as per their needs and convenience. To deliver the learning and manage the learners’ progress, Learning Management Systems implemented to help learners access and consume learning in a continuous manner.
Traditionally, LMSs were used to only as a platform of learning dissemination and management of learners. But more and more organizations and learners are questioning the utility of a system which entails considerable investments out of the training budget. There is a growing need for LMS to align to the needs of the learners and change accordingly.
- Ease of use ranks high on the features which make a LMS ‘click’ with learners and encourage them to utilize it more and more. Most corporate learners want to access learning with ease and with minimum clicks. So the LMS with the best navigation features always wins acceptance. Learners want to spent time learning – and not looking for courses within the Learning Management System. So, Learning Management systems should also have search capabilities that help the learners access what they want – faster.
- A system should be able to provide an opportunity of personalized learning – in terms of color schemes, logos or themes that help learners connect more with the platform. With the help of e-learning software, modern LMS now provide multiple options to change the look and feel of the user-interface. Now in addition to choosing the type of learning content, the learner can also choose background colors and themes to make the learning experience better.
- With the growing availability of smartphones and tablets, learners are spending more and more time on their handheld devices. Learning is also being mobile enabled and new age LMS can now be accessed through mobile, smartphones and tablets as well. The bright side of this is that learner satisfaction is on the rise as they can access learning just-in-time when they want to apply the learning to their area of work. The flipside is that not only does the LMS have to be mobile compatible; it also needs to have built in features that provide the learner with a uniform experience – even with the considerable lower resolutions of a mobile screen or limited disk space of a smartphone. However, this challenge needs to taken with head-on – because mobile learning is here to stay and learning management systems just have to be prepared for it.
- A learning platform also needs to incorporate features that are best used by learners and managers alike. So a system with multiple features is useless s if the feature set cannot be utilized by the learners. The learners should be able to gauge their own learning progress through the LMS. It should also have built in features like skill gap analysis that help learners or managers chart the way forward in learning. Other features like social collaboration tools are also helpful for learners to connect with peers and experts. This enhances the overall impact of learning as it is not viewed as a single event but a continuous process which helps the learner grow professionally.
Learning is an integral part of corporate life and most employees are very serious about taking their careers forward by learning more. A Learning management system not only make e-learning available to the learners, it helps them utilize and apply learning better – at least that’s what an efficient Learning System should do.