What is an LMS?

4/5/2021

With eLearning on the rise, more organizations are finding it necessary to implement a learning management system (LMS) to help deliver their courses, organize curriculum, and track results. An LMS serves as both the host for content and the online classroom that learners use to take courses. With an LMS, companies can streamline their curriculum and content delivery with access to additional job-aids and online materials like guides, quizzes, and more. This flexibility and accessibility is key for organizations who continue to offer remote work and prioritize digital advancement and modern training.

There are several providers of LMS platforms, but the software will always include a “back office” portal where administrative tasks like course development and program analysis take place. Then there’s the browser-based interface that learners use when they go through a course.

Why Use an LMS?

An LMS is a hard-working solution that can solve a number of training problems:

  • Easily create online lessons or upload eLearning courses
  • Assign specific sessions or entire courses to employees
  • Manage learners by monitoring enrollment and assessing & analyzing training and learning performance
  • Give employees flexible options for learning and development that help them meet their personalized goals as well as track against company needs

Who Should Use an LMS?

An LMS can be a smart investment no matter what the industry or business size is.

  • A large or enterprise-level organization could use an LMS to streamline onboarding new hires and more efficiently conduct new hire training. An established onboarding portal could provide new hires with a more organized, less overwhelming experience in their first weeks and allow them to start making contributions toward goals even faster. Large businesses might also find an LMS beneficial in cases of large-scale organizational changes, such as pivoting an entire workforce to remote like we saw in 2020, or continued changes, like learning the basics about a new company rebrand and important company-wide initiatives, like training for adoption of new software.
  • Smaller organizations might benefit from an LMS, as it allows for potentially smaller or under-resourced HR teams to scale hiring and training faster than conventional methods. An LMS can also be a valuable tool when trying to cross-train employees on responsibilities when teams run lean and agile.

Our teams can help you find the right technology solutions to fit into your unique learning strategy and support your organization’s goals. Our experts develop customized, comprehensive learning solutions that combine learning tools, platforms, and course content to deliver best-in-class learning experiences.

For a complimentary consultation on your organization’s learning and development strategy and goals, get in touch with our team today.