Out-of-the-box options may be suitable for some, but organizations must be able to personalize their LMS platform. In this article, I’ll highlight 10 LMS customization options you should consider for your new LMS.
Most companies today recognize the value of online training: reduced delivery costs, reduced employee training costs, rapid and simultaneous delivery across regions and staff, consistent and verifiable training and other many other quantifiable factors. However, companies still struggle with whether they should use catalog or off-the-shelf solutions. There are 5 critical questions to consider when evaluating whether your training needs can be addressed by a general, off-the-shelf eLearning course or if you really need a custom solution, developed especially for your organization.
I recall many years ago when I was finishing my basement and I felt comfortable doing much of the work myself. Rough carpentry was fairly simple, running conduit was easy, attaching lights was not hard, screwing drywall was quick and forgiving. But there was one thing I would not tackle, drywall finishing. I recall watching the contractor putting on the mud and carefully scraping it away until it was perfectly smooth. As I watched him I commented how good he was at this and I’ll never forget his response: “Hey, I’m a professional, I do this for a living”.
Comprehensively defining eLearning can be a challenging and daunting prospect. But in his article, “Starting an eLearning Program – Here Are The Basics,” (2015) Ted Stoecker does just that. In addition, Stoecker makes the world of eLearning accessible to organization leaders and managers who are looking to increase the effectiveness of training. He also addresses other important aspects of eLearning programs, such as cost, user-friendliness, and some of the challenges faced by organizational decision-makers who are grappling with the dynamic arena of employee training.
Large multi-page LMS RFPs (Request For Proposal) and RFIs (Request For Information) flood vendors’ emails. Clients spend countless hours putting together what they feel are cogent, precise specifications to select the best Learning Management System or the best eLearning content developer. Vendors spend countless hours trying to decipher exactly what the client wants and needs. Isn’t there a better way? Too often clients do not properly research the potential vendor base. They submit LMS RFPs to anyone who pops up in a web search for elearning, LMS platforms, online training systems, custom content development, web training, online learning et al. Not all vendors are created equally.
Well, once again this week, I have been reading e-Learning discussion boards and on several the topic is whether e-Learning is “good”, “successful”, “better or worse than classroom”? How long will we continue to have these discussions? Yes, I work for a custom e-Learning content developer who also has one of the best learning management systems (LMS) around. But long before I became involved in the industry of online education platforms and web based training, I was a learner. Still am.
It’s no secret. Workplace training can sometimes be difficult material to get excited about. But because it’s so important, this global financial services provider tasked us with turning around this all too common perception. All company employees, regardless of seniority or status, are required to complete this workplace training. With such a wide scope of audience and potentially mundane subject, we welcomed the challenge of developing an engaging experience – one that anyone would find fun and exciting.
This Human Resources Training organization had developed a highly successful, multi-day classroom training session on a proprietary effective interviewing process. Though the classroom training was effective, the client realized that it was not a scalable model, and, in fact, their customers were clamoring for an online virtual learning environment version. They first tried to create a very simple e-Learning conversion of their classroom content. They recognized that this version did not do justice to the outstanding content nor did it offer multi-device delivery. They wanted a virtual learning environment that offered creative and innovative design, interactivities and multi-device delivery. And, they wanted it all within a very tight budget.
As a provider of global, 24/7 financial services, this client recognized the critical importance of business continuity education for maintaining operational continuity during any disruptive natural or manmade event. They recognized that traditional classroom training was not only ineffective but that it was difficult to deliver consistent, simultaneous training globally.
Many companies are faced with challenging issues regarding the appropriate use of email. A variety of email etiquette training skills can be effectively taught through creative e-Learning modules. Are you struggling with employees using poor language, venting anger and sending emails to the incorrect recipients? These kind of incidences can mean embarrassment for an organization and may even lead to legal complications. One of our global clients in the financial services sector was particularly concerned about the potential negative impact of such poor use of email. Working closely with the client’s internal subject matter experts enabled the training content development phase to smoothly address their specific issues.The e-Learning module followed the email activities of an employee throughout a week and incorporated opportunities to address the effect of poorly considered emails and the resulting impact.