Learning Management Systems and the Future of E-Learning in the Workplace
Learning Management Systems, or LMS as they are more commonly referred to, are software programs that assist in creating, managing and delivering e-learning courses. Today’s LMS provide employers a platform to train their employees at their own pace and leisure. The information once stored in the LMS can be accessed by anyone, anywhere and at any time. This also increases the scalability of the training program by making it available to people all over the globe. It has also enabled the prevention of disruption of work for training.
Being the age where people prefer to reply “Let me Google it” instead of saying “I don’t know,” it has become inevitable for learning resources to be available at the fingertips. Therefore, expecting people to sit down and log in to a specific place to learn something is becoming less effective. LMS is being developed to integrate these needs of the common man through the spectrum of e-learning. By incorporating smartphones, LMS can also provide the solution to the increasing mobility of the workforce.
Organizations have begun to embrace the learning process through social interactions and social media and therefore, LMS can help in this process of integrating social media tools into the training process.
By keeping a track of all activities in the system, the LMS can provide the employers with in-depth analysis of its training program through the use of big data analytics. This can be used by employers to make appropriate changes to the training regime. LMS, with their ability to be updated quickly, provide a fast and cost-effective way to train employees according to the changing technological trends.
By understanding these capabilities of LMS, the organizations can choose what they need to incorporate into their own training process.