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5 Reasons why you need LMS

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Human Capital Development is a top priority for many organizations. In fact many corporates have Learning & Development (L&D) embedded so much into their DNA that specific L&D related KPIs are assigned to each employee. With this, the workload of L&D departments has gone up significantly. In addition, L&D departments are also expected to leverage new age technologies in delivering and managing learning & development programmes.

Learning Management Systems (LMS) have been around for about two decades now. Initially their focus was to automate processes to manage classroom trainings and trainers. But as the Web and Mobile technologies have evolved, LMSs have evolved to deliver learning and development programmes in modes such as ‘Self-paced and Virtual classrooms.’ LMSs also offer capabilities to gamify and socialize learning.

Now, the real question is not whether organizations need an LMS but when they need an LMS. Is your organization facing any of the challenges stated below? If yes, it’s time that you implement an LMS.

1. Inability to organize and administer trainings:

Administering and managing organization wide trainings are a challenging task. In order to administer and manage it properly, one needs huge efforts: creating the training material, organizing trainers, arranging training infrastructure, registration of candidates, delivery of lectures and evaluation of learners, and so on. Typically professional organizations invest in continuous learning and development, which multiplies the efforts of training team to organize training efforts. LMS automates most of these processes and helps L&D teams to organize and administer trainings easily.

2. Training feedback suggests training lacks quality and consistency:

Training quality is of utmost importance in any organization. It needs to be consistent and effective in order to bear fruit and be in tune with the work culture of the organization. Though the traditional training methods do their best to maintain a flow in the learning material, gaps creep in because trainers change and since there is no way to compile and organize all the teachings at a single platform, conventional training fails to live up to the expectations. In other words, it is not standardized.

 LMS can administer self-paced programmes, which help to bridge these gaps and offer a complete solution to curate all the training content through a single platform in a coherent manner. Not only this, it also offers smart and interactive content that engages the learners in an efficient manner and helps in better tracking, leading to greater learning and thus, brighter results.

3. Unable to provide accurate and effective MIS on time:

Training is an ongoing process and if one wants to make the most of this process, one needs to have all the training data in a standardized and consistent format which is possible with a management information system (MIS). LMS not just builds but also maintains MIS in a very competent manner.

4. Our trainers are unable to organize their own work:

Trainers play a key role in the learning and growth of employees. The better and more coordinated they are, there is more effectiveness in the training.

LMS allows trainers to maintain their calendars, sends alerts and notifications reminding them and their audience of the key events. It also helps them to capture training attendance and feedback, and share training material, notes and other resources. This allows trainers to focus on the core area of training and deliver training programmes in a hassle free manner.

5. More Trainings, Less Budgets:

Conventional classroom training is expensive as it involves costs for organizing training location, training infrastructure, training material, hiring trainer and so on. L&D departments are given targets to offer trainings at less costs. In such environments, the  L&D departments have the following two options:

  1. improve the efficiency and productivity of the training programmes and
  2. automate training programmes and tech enable trainings

LMS can enable organizations to meet both these objectives.

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