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Follow these 5 tips for learning management systems


Learning management systems offer many benefits, from centralizing training materials to on-boarding new hires and offering employees professional development opportunities. In an article in AllBusiness Experts, Christophe Primault offers five tips for effective employee training using learning management systems.

Organizations are increasingly turning to learning management systems as a way to lower costs and boost the quality of employee training programs. Training that can happen at any time and in any place offers immeasurable benefits to both organizations and employees. On the organizational side, instructors can put together a virtual presentation, which saves time otherwise spent giving the same seminar whenever the firm hires a new employee. Employees also benefit, as they can schedule their own training. In short, this saves managers, employees and the company time and money, Primault affirms.

Moreover, it’s become increasingly common for learning management systems to include testing and certification components. In turn, managers can ask employees to take these sessions before moving onto the next presentation in the sequence. Most importantly, these online assessments can strengthen accountability and comprehension.

Primault highlights five steps that organizations should take to ensure the success of their employee-training modules within their learning management systems:

1. Create the course content.

Learning management employee-training sessions can include similar content content to in-person sessions. Consider using the same PowerPoint presentations, videos and audio recordings to save yourself time. Simply import the existing content into your learning management system, and continue to add to the curriculum as you see fit.

2. Make each department’s training course unique.

Employees in different departments naturally have different training needs. For example, those in accounting usually don’t need to learn all of the same policies as those in the marketing department. Learning management systems can accommodate different training needs and allow you to make multiple copies of virtual seminars, which you can then edit for particular departments of users, Primault notes.

3. Use exams to provide a feedback-loop.

Quizzes, based on course content, provide an excellent way to track employees’ progress, while also making sure users are on the same page. To make sure all employees are progressing satisfactorily, make sure you score employees quizzes before they can move on to the next course in the training sequence.

4. Create a library of resources where employees can find additional information.

Often employees have follow-up questions regarding the information in training seminars. It is important that employees are able to access additional resources that can provide them with answers. “Encourage new hires to look up the answers to their questions in an online portal or a company wiki that you have created,” Primault says, adding: “These portals are an excellent place to add detailed information about health benefits or company vacation policies.”

5. Use analytics to improve your courses.

Through your learning management system, you also gain access to data that shows the average time users spent on questions and which questions they found particularly challenging. In turn, you can use this information to improve your course content and create a more optimal user experience.

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