Simply put, a Learning Management System (often referred to as an LMS) is a software system designed to organise and track the key aspects of your training program.
Initially, Learning Management Systems were created for schools and universities to help with the administrative burden of managing courses, students and credentials. However, they have since evolved to support the needs of corporate Learning & Development (L&D) departments as well. From here on we will only be discussing the Learning Management System as it relates to corporate L&D.
The basic functionality common to all Learning Management Systems (LMSs) can be broken into three main areas:
In addition, many modern LMSs (like Looop) support the delivery of learning content directly from within the LMS. So let’s take a quick look at what each of these features mean and what to expect from a good LMS.
The most common use of an LMS is to connect people with the right learning opportunity, be that a classroom course or an online module.
The LMS supports businesses by offering a central place for training materials, information and development opportunities.
Instead of having online resources over a range of different platforms, an LMS serves as a bank for organisations to deliver learning content and give staff the information they need.
As well as being a base for online training materials, the LMS can support face-to-face events to encourage employees to collaborate and share useful insights with each other. Teams can connect easily, giving them more freedom to access training when they need it the most.
LMSs make it easy for businesses to accurately record learner activity. From attendance to answers, from times to devices, it’s easy to gather unique insights as to who has done what and when.
In addition to tracking learning activity, LMSs support functions like Compliance Training by recording who has completed the training and how well they performed. This ensures all learners are all compliant in a timely fashion and saves L&D teams valuable time when it comes to managing and keeping track of progress.
LMSs support businesses with reporting functionality that allows organisations to understand learner activity and keep track of how learners are aligning with performance and business expectations.
The reports can be used to evaluate how effective training materials are and where improvements are needed to increase activity and engagement for future training as well as overall performance.
Most LMSs also allow organisations to export these reports, making it easy to share useful insights across the rest of the business.
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