There are 1000s of learning platforms out there so it’s important to take the time to compare LMSs to ensure you find the best platform for your organisation. Important LMS features vary from one organisation to the next, as each will have different specific requirements.
So what should you be looking out for when comparing one LMS with another? Try these three simple points to get you started.
The first thing to consider is understanding why online training so valuable. And what really motivates employees to learn?
Online Training gives staff the opportunity to take control of their own learning as and when they need it. Self-directed learning is far more engaging and productive to employees than classroom training or courses, because they can apply the information straight away and put it into practise.
With online training, you eliminate the time-delay with giving your employees the information they need, and instead offer quick, context-rich solutions and guidance. When done correctly, your training will result in higher engagement, more productive and knowledgeable employees and lower costs and turnover for the organisation.
It’s therefore important to consider the adaptability and limitations of an LMS. Some learning platforms end up being extremely time-consuming and difficult to keep up-to-date. An efficient LMS will save time for L&D teams by removing the need for large chunks of admin or taking a lot of time to update resources.
The LMS should offer a platform that allows you to easily create content and change resources when necessary.
The LMS also needs to support multi-devices. The purpose of Online Training is to support the motivations of employees, who want to be able to find the answers they need as quickly as possible. The LMS should have the adaptability to be accessed on desktop, mobile, tablet, and laptops to ensure you give your staff the opportunity to learn in real-time, as and when they need to.
The second thing to consider is how easy the LMS is to use. Digital resources need to be quick to access. It will be extremely off-putting for employees if they have to spend huge chunks of time working out how to use complex systems just to find the information they need, and they certainly aren’t likely to want to return to the LMS if their first experience is a negative one.
An easy-to-use platform gives your staff the information they need easily and quickly, without needing loads of training beforehand on how to use the system itself.
The third step is to to accurately set a budget. Determine your training goals and objectives by understanding the day-to-day challenges your employees face. Your efforts should focus on providing the tools and information they require to succeed.
By focusing on productivity and performance in this way, the LMS will address the needs of both the business and workers, and ensure your training budget is spent in the best way.
On-demand training solutions limit the time taken out of your employees working day and gives them the information they need in a fraction of the time, which will get them productive much quicker and save costs of organising face-to-face training and heavy admin-based tasks.
Offering an LMS that is not limited to being accessed on just one device should also be considered when deciding the budget. Learning on the go is becoming more preferred in the workplace and therefore incorporating this into your budget will future-proof your training and save on future investment costs.
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