Using an LMS within your organisation can bring about many benefits and rewards to both yourself, employees and the business. Below I have put together a list of the major benefits that you will see by putting your learning strategy online.
1. Dramatically reduces the costs of delivering training
Using self-paced elearning courses within an LMS means you can completely rid yourself of the cost overheads of classroom training. No more trainer fees, venue fees, printed material costs and so on.
Everything your learners need is hosted directly within the LMS and is 100% reusable for everyone.
2. Cuts down the time to get people trained
An LMS gives your learners training at the point of need. A learner can simply log into the LMS and locate the training they need to complete a pressing task, then carry on with that task.
They don’t have to wait for a class to be scheduled before they can get to the information they need to absorb and they can even see how well they have learned the information by completing a test or assessment within the self-paced course and see their results in real time.
3. Organises all of your content in a central location
It is typical that training material can be located on different people’s computers, network drives and other devices meaning that the risk of losing that material is high. An LMS allows you to store all of your content in one central location…the LMS server. This dramatically reduces the risk of that content being lost.
4. Gives your learners 24 hour access to learning content
Hosting your training material within an LMS means that as soon as it is made available to learners, they have 24 hour access to that training. It also means that it can be access from anywhere and on any device, so learners do not have to wait until the next class is scheduled to take place.
5. Tracks usage and performance of your learners
An LMS will allow you to keep a track of usage and performance of your learners at any point in time. This means Managers can check that their teams are meeting their training goals and that L&D teams can ensure mandatory courses are being completed.
Furthermore, a good LMS will allow you to see courses which have poor completion rates which in turn may point out an issue with the course or that the content is simply not engaging. Form here you can then make changes to your content to improve completion rates.
6. Ensures organisations remain up-to-date with compliance requirements
Many organisations nowadays have some sort of compliance regulation that requires employees to be trained on a regular basis for that regulation. For this requirement, an LMS is the best place to conduct that training. A compliance course can be assigned to learners with a complete by date and then set to refresh on a regular basis such as annually for the learner to then take that training again.
A full audit trail will be available where evidence of training is needed to be provided, meaning you can demonstrate that employees have completed the training for many years previous.
7. Easily update course content for all learners
With many training subjects rapidly changing within months, especially technology subjects, updating course content for classroom based courses is a tough challenge which usually results in having to re-train all previous delegates. This is not the case when using an LMS. You can simply update the existing elearning course with new material and it becomes immediately available to all learners.
8. Blends self-paced training with informal and social learning
Many LMS platforms now include an element of informal and social learning. That means facilitating knowledge sharing and discussion amongst peers. Allowing learners to share user generated content and participate in online discussions can be extremely beneficial to your overall learning strategy and blends well with the more formal self-paced training that is made available.
If you are looking to get your learning strategy online and need some help, you can get in contact with the JZero team and we will be more than happy to discuss what options are best suited to your organisation and requirements.