Selecting the best corporate LMS is a tough challenge that doesn’t seem as though at the start because of easy availability of numbers of LMSs each being claimed for being the best. The complete process can be divided into a two-set process – fixing the objectives for incorporating LMS and selecting the best LMS having all the required features.
The strategy for the 1st step is focused on identified knowledge gaps, performance deficiencies, required pattern changes, beneficiaries, and particular needs for learning and development. You can formulate this strategy on the basis of identified shortcomings and collective feedbacks.
The strategy for 2nd step is focused on the features and functionalities, suitability for particular needs, budget-friendliness, compatibility to existing systems, suitability for beneficiaries, long-term effectiveness, etc. To formulate the strategy to have the best ROI for LMS, you need a fair idea about the essential features you should look for in new LMS for performance booster corporate training.
Multilanguage support in LMS is often neglected but a must-have feature. You might not be training to an international audience at present but global marketing, the integral part of the growth strategy of corporate businesses, makes it must have a feature to address the training concerns of an international audience including employees, channel partners, and other stakeholders. LMS must facilitate for creating multilingual eLearning templates with subtitles or captions.
Prerequisites for any training programs are important. Any training needs qualified candidates to be effective. LMS must have learning path ensuring that the trainees have the adequate basic skill required to learn at a particular stage or to learn a specific skill. Learning path specifies the order to access different materials and to take on different training ensuring that they are prepared to grab advanced information. L &D path guides the users for assessing the particular material first prior to jumping on advance stage; it simplifies the learning and the users feel confident for gaining desired knowledge.
Learners' feedback is vital for the assessment of corporate training. The selected LMS must have built-in survey, poll and questionnaire tools to simplify, automate and streamline the data collection process. The collected data presents the real picture of aspects that you need to refine in the training program.
Online assessments are the most effective tools to scale the effectiveness of corporate training. The results help you determine if the trainees/users are absorbing and using the provided information and skills or not. The LMS must have easy test, exams and quizzes like integrated features with readymade or customizable database of questions and interactive assessment templates to simplify your task off training effectiveness measurement. LMS must allow creating your own assessment template also for testing the particular learned skills of trained employees.
Can you overlook the growing importance of multimedia for corporate training? Numbers of employees wish to get the desired information on the go or whenever they feel comfortable at any location. Interactive scenarios, multimedia presentations and videos are the key ingredients of online training; so, these are must have features for any effective LMS. Your LMS must allow integrating multimedia learning tools into the training program. For example, users should be able to upload videos or integrate links.
Modern age learning management software is taken as the end-to-end comprehensive eLearning solution. It should facilitate creating, distributing, editing and managing the entire course at any point or from start to finish. The integrated course creation tools, allowing 3rd party content creation, must be users friendly with intuitive interfaces according to their skill level. Although you don’t need course development tools too frequently still it is must to have LMS feature. The integrated payment gateway feature allows you to set a fee for the advanced courses without having another portal.
Now, corporate training is meant for the wide scope to address the diverse learning concerns of stakeholders of different segments; therefore, you will have to deal with different entities like experienced supervisors, trainers, fresher employee, course creators, management professionals, channel partners etc. Each of them must be granted a certain access level to LMS. Therefore, LMS must allow segregating the users to access the information with controlled and monitored access.
Yes, it is right. Employees need encouragement to take on the next stage training after completing the one. Managing course assignments is a must have LMS feature for corporate L &D training. By having this feature, you don’t need to assign, un-assign or scheduling courses manually for the employees, teams or groups. The embedded feature triggers automatically an email for the intended ‘action’ after completion of course.
Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI ) is a system developed to connect your LMS with external web portals, educational environments and learning repositories. Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is the set of technical standards for the uploaded content. The corporate training LMS must be in conformance with the latest SCORM version.
As the global economy is making advances, businesses are also looking for innovative ways to improve the skills and agility of existing workforce, having the best LMS has become imperative to remain in the race of the corporate world. The above-mentioned features will help you have a fair starter-pack for LMS, still, you need to make sure that your LMS selection should answer ‘what, why and whom’ logically. As the e-Learning technology is making regular advances, you too need to update your LMS accordingly; therefore, the facility for extension becomes a key ingredient of LMS system.
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