Training. Your company needs it. Your employees need it. How do you deliver it without spending a lot of time building an infrastructure? Fortunately, this problems has been solved. All you need to do is plug into it. You don’t need a fancy IT degree or computer programming skills. What you need is the LMS or “Learning Management System.”

What Is LMS?

Old-school approaches to training and education in the corporate world included live seminars, training classes, and one-to-one mentoring. But those days are fading away due to the high cost associated with individualized live training. Small businesses still typically use live training schemes because they can’t plug into the corporate world’s infrastructure.

The LMS solves this problem for all businesses by creating a streamlined and systematized process for education and training. Over the last decade, complex and powerful software has been combined with digital frameworks for managing curriculum. The result is a nearly billion-dollar industry that allows any organization to develop electronic coursework and deliver it with extensive reach and flexibility.

How Can LMS Benefit My Company?

LMS removes the barriers for small businesses to function more like large corporations. While many small businesses like being small, they don’t like paying more for services because they can’t take advantage of economies of scale.

LMS allows companies to adapt and reuse materials over time. It gives more choices for companies creating training materials – for example, the choice of delivery is more extensive with LMS than with other training schemes. Material design and techniques for evaluation are also built right into the system, so companies can quickly assess whether training is paying off.

For example, if you wanted to use a system like K Alliance to deliver and monitor training for your employees, you would simply sign up with the company, design the training materials, and the company would help you administer the training as well as track results.

Common Components of LMS

LMS typically has numerous features and components including the ability to create a class roster. You can also gain full control over the registration processes as well as the ability to create waiting lists. Most systems also allow you to upload and manage documents containing training-related material.

Delivery is typically handled over the Internet, with remote participation allowed between both the student/employee and the trainer. You cal also create and publish course calendars for ongoing training.  Like virtual classrooms, these training programs also allow users to communicate with each other using instant messaging, internal email systems, and discussion forums.

Most of the methods for assessment built into the program are familiar too – tests and pop quizes.

LMS systems used in a corporate training environment often have additional features like benchmark tracking and goal accomplishment analysis. You also typically get automatic enrollment and reminders for mandatory courses. Options for manager access to approve training materials are also standard. Companies get full control over access and class groupings according a variety of metrics like geography, involvement in a particular project, and levels of security clearance.

Anthony Buckley loves employee management. He enjoys blogging about effective methods of employee productivity and satisfaction.

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