While in-person training is a fantastic way to build community and transmit information to employees and members, they’re expensive and labor-intensive to produce. Throw in a global pandemic and in-person training becomes less ideal.
That’s where an LMS, or learning management system, comes in. An LMS can significantly reduce costs while allowing organizations to create training courses and educational materials at scale.
Along with the cost-saving benefits, LMS-based courses also can help members increase regulation compliance within their own organizations. They can even create new revenue streams that support long-term stability and growth.
If you’re looking to invest in an LMS for your organization, be sure to look for these four features.
Your LMS should allow you to build a structured series of courses. When users log in, they’ll be able to navigate coursework that builds gradually into competency and deep knowledge.
Along with structuring coursework, your LMS should allow users to bookmark their place within a course. If users are interrupted or can’t finish a section in one sitting, they should be able to pick up where they left off.
Finally, your LMS should allow users to check their overall progress any time. By making it easy to check skills, compliance training and certifications, users will always know exactly where they stand.
It’s picturesque to picture someone sitting down in a quiet home office with a mug of coffee, ready to crack the books and learn something new.
But in reality, your organization’s members lead busy lives. To complete a course, they might need to work on their smartphone during their kid’s sports practice or maximize time during their subway commute.
Your LMS should offer as much flexibility as possible by supporting mobile learning. Make sure any courses you develop will be user-friendly on any smartphone or tablet.
Your LMS can simplify and streamline the many moving parts involved in compliance management.
Compliance training can be industry-wide regulations that employees must meet or internal standards companies establish. Requiring all employees to periodically take courses will keep the entire organization aligned on important cultural and technical standards.
As your compliance standards shift and evolve, you’ll be able to reissue new training courses any time, all in one convenient program.
As your organization adopts a new LMS, there will be many moving parts. Each department will have a distinct set of needs, and employees at different stages in their careers may be subject to varying educational requirements. As time passes, employees who were previously certified may need to refresh their training to remain compliant.
Rather than maintaining messy spreadsheets or launching interminable email threads, your LMS should automatically generate certificates and reports. This will allow managers to keep track of their teams’ progress at a glance — and allow employees to instantly check their progress.
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Heather Nolan is a marketing specialist at Sidecar. A former journalist and social media manager, Heather lives in New Orleans with her husband, son, and grumpy rescue dog.