The Value of an LMS to Corporate OrganizationsBACK
More and more companies are realizing the value of a Learning Management System (LMS) in enhancing the efficiency of their corporate training programs. Employee training, compliance training and customer training can be facilitated through an LMS platform.
So what exactly is an LMS, and why is it an essential component of an organizations’ continuing workforce training?
A learning management system is a comprehensive, integrated software application or web-based technology used to plan, implement and assess student learning. Through an LMS, teachers can create and deliver content, monitor student participation and assess learner performance. Students can receive learning content and educational resources anytime and anywhere they want. Teachers and students can interact within the LMS by using threaded discussions, video conferencing and discussion forums. An LMS can also be used to support traditional face-to-face instruction, blended learning and online educational environments.
By putting all data, training materials, references, statistics, development paths and assessment results in one central system, an LMS provides a measure of authentication, security, privacy and integrity of data. It also saves organizations a substantial amount of time and money, since an LMS eliminates manual tasks and processes that are deemed to be superfluous and complicated to manage.
TYPES OF LMS
Deciding whether to obtain a proprietary, open-source or standard-based LMS depends on your training priorities and how the software may be configured. Any of these three types can suit your needs.
A proprietary LMS boasts of reliability as it is backed by a successful company which provides training, technical support and warranty service. The downside is that a proprietary LMS does not let users access and make changes to the computer code that governs the structure of the software and the activities it can execute. License agreements can also inhibit how the software is implemented, distributed and administered.
The standard-based LMS is the most popular LMS platform today. It permits easy distribution of content and integration of new technologies that a proprietary LMS does not allow. It relies heavily on the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), an XML-based framework used to define and access information about learning objects so they can be easily shared among different LMSs. Through this platform, teachers and students alike have a fast and convenient access to training materials, references and resources.
An open-source LMS is easy to obtain, as many are available for free, especially those that provide basic service. It allows users to examine and change the source codes, as well as collaborate on enhancements with other users. Some disadvantages in using an open-source LMS are that users need to pay for software maintenance and updates, institutions may need to employ an IT staff to integrate the software with existing administrative systems, and it may not provide the security and privacy settings required by banks, educational institutions, and healthcare enterprises to safeguard sensitive data against cybercriminals.
Regardless of the type of platform, Learning Management Systems remain the staple for managing the course delivery, reporting, compliance and onboarding of many institutions. Innovations in technology will allow LMSs to continue to evolve and adapt to new learning technological capabilities and learning trends such as social learning, mLearning and gamification.
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