Learning Management Systems
Learning: Because it is used to deliver educational training programs and courses.
Management: Based on the fact it is designed to assist teachers, learners, and businesses to organise courses (create, edit, assign tasks, grade and sell).
System: Broadly speaking system here just means software, or software program that powers the eLearning process and is at the heart of online education, Broadly speaking an LMS consists of two parts, namely:
- A server component that runs the core functionality of the software including: the creation and management of courses and course delivery, authenticating end users, and notifications
- A user interface that runs inside your browser as a web that is used by students, facilitators and admin to access course material
Who is an LMS for?
In essence, Anyone who is taking an online course is using an LMS
Common examples include:
- Traditional e institutions of learning including universities, schools academies
- Businesses large and small, from multinationals to small and medium sized firms.
- Non-Government Organisations and non-profits.
- Government agencies and local governments.
What do they use an LMS for?
Learning Management Systems are used for a wide range of learning activities. In addition an LMS can be a highly effective business tool. Listed below are some common use cases for an LMS platform:
Staff training for both new and existing employees is an ongoing challenge in today’s business environment regardless of whether you are a financial institution, a car wrecking facility, or a government department. A professional and well thought out LMS can reduce training costs and eliminate business disruptions associated with traditional learning, by by allowing staff to study the material online and at their own pace.
With eLearning, businesses not only spend less money and effort compared to bringing in specialized instructors to give conventional seminars, but also gain better insights on their employees’ progress with integrated monitoring and reporting tools.
The all-important task of onboarding a new hire can be automated and handled easily by a business LMS. You still get to greet them and give them a tour around the office, but all the rest they can study at their own pace (and refer back to it, whenever they need).
An onboarding course can include messages from the CEO or the company history as well as the core role specifics and responsibilities, and information about career advancement opportunities and benefits. Furthermore an online portal is a great place to educate new staff on expected code of conduct, privacy guidelines, or race/sexual harassment policies.
Knowledge transfer & retention
Training your employees is one thing, but learning from them is also important. A knowledge retention program ensures that valuable skills, techniques and information stays with your company when your employees leave or retire.
It’s also a good fit for an LMS platform, as you don’t want this valuable information to just sit in some document management system that nobody ever checks, but to have it available at all times to train new employees or people coming from other departments.
It could be a school selling online lessons, a traditional educational institution supplementing its classroom-based courses, a business educating its clients, or even a government agency or NGO helping educate the general population.