LMS

What is LMS?

What is LMS?

Learning Management System Helps You:

  • Equip employees with vital job skills
  • Reduce training costs
  • Deliver training in multiple formats
  • Monitor learner progress and performance

Equip employees with vital job skills

Training your employees is one of the most critical undertakings your company can pursue. Especially if you consider that when people don’t receive the proper training, 40% of them will leave within a year.

Beyond that, today’s fast-paced climate demands a constantly evolving skillset that can keep pace with the rapid changes to processes and technology. Your company can only thrive if your greatest asset — your employees — have the necessary skills to succeed.

A learning management system (LMS) provides the tools required to make that happen. These e-learning platforms allow your company to be agile, reacting to developments as they occur instead of being a step behind.

Many employees you hire may have a qualified skillset but need additional training. This could be anything from learning your processes to using a new type of software. For young talent straight out of college or interns, training becomes even more imperative.

Another critical area where LMS supports your company is by enabling compliance training. Adherence to industry regulations is non-negotiable, and making sure employees have required and current certification is vital. You can build courses that specifically educate employees on certain regulations so your organization can prove compliance.

With LMS, you gain a platform for conducting training that will help your employees — and ultimately your company — thrive. An LMS helps accomplish this with tools such as:

  • Learning paths
  • Certifications for compliance courses
  • Mobile access
  • Course customization
  • Third-party content

Reduce training costs

One of the greatest advantages of LMS is the ability to cut down on training costs. In-person classroom training hasn’t gone the way of the dinosaur just yet, but online learning is much more cost-effective.

Imagine a company that hasn’t implemented LMS. They likely use on-the-job training, where employees learn the ropes of their position during the workday. That can be helpful, but it also impacts productivity.

Another option is to conduct classes. That requires an instructor, a classroom, course material and more. Perhaps the company hosts a weekend seminar for training its sales reps. Pulling off the event requires a lot of bills — travel, hotel rooms, food. You can see the expenses piling up.

In-person training has its benefits, but using it as the sole way to train new employees or provide career development isn’t cheap.

LMS solves that issue by giving organizations the ability to create digital courses. This results in:

  • Higher productivity. Teams don’t have to deal with interruptions during working hours.
  • Flexibility. Instead of paying for onsite training, it’s possible to give learners access to content while they’re at home or commuting to the office every morning.
  • Fewer purchases. Each lesson is digital, so there’s no need to buy physical supplies. And if you need to make updates, it’s simply a matter of editing the course rather than purchasing an entirely new set of training materials. That’s a major benefit with how rapidly things change today.

Deliver training in multiple formats

This is core to what a learning management system is and does. Unlike the classroom approach, LMS provides several delivery methods, so your organization can tailor content to your needs as well as those of your learners.

People have different learning styles. What works for some won’t work for everyone. To that end, LMS lets you offer blended learning. Put simply, blended learning is a combination of online and in-person formats. Let’s look at what each of those entails.

  • Online: This includes self-guided courses and virtual classrooms (known as virtual instructor-led training or VILT). Users can access course material from multiple devices to study where and when is best for them.
  • In-person: In this format, learners attend a physical classroom where an instructor leads the course. It provides a more hands-on experience but can be limiting since it involves attending scheduled classes.

When looking into selecting an LMS, you’ll probably run into the terms synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Synchronous learning is an environment where a group of people learn together. This can happen in both digital and physical formats. Think a classroom session or webinar.

In contrast, asynchronous learning refers to each student studying at different times and in different places. Instead of being focused on a group setting, this style centers on the student, giving them freedom to learn on their own schedule.

No matter what training format works best for you and your employees, a learning management system can support it. And if you need a combination, an LMS can do that too.

Monitor learner progress and performance

The goal of training is to help employees gain skills, improve in specific areas or learn the information needed to receive certifications. However, you can’t know if you’ve achieved that goal unless you’re able to assess their performance.

Not only does LMS let you deliver content, it has capabilities for tracking how each learner is doing. Pre-built and custom reports give a snapshot of every individual’s progress. You can drill into specific details, such as looking at the pass/fail status, scoring percentage, number of correct answers and even how long it took a learner to complete the test.

Another way to track learner performance is through gamification elements like a points leaderboard. This is a great way to encourage employees to actively engage with their training. But it’s also a helpful way to show who’s doing well and who’s lagging behind.

Learning platforms also provide insight into your company’s learning overall. You can view a variety of metrics:

  • Number of active users enrolled in courses
  • Number of assigned courses
  • How many assigned courses are overdue
  • Number of completed courses
  • Most popular lessons or modules based on views
  • Which courses are the most active
  • Engagement rates
  • Average test scores across all learners

When you analyze performance data at an individual and company-wide level, you can keep your finger on the pulse of your company. This provides insight into what’s effective and what needs improvement. It also helps inform learning strategies and initiatives.

FAQs: The Scoop on LMS

What Does LMS Mean?

LMS stands for learning management system. LMS enables organizations to provide courses, testing and certification to employees via a digital platform. Often, LMS uses a blend of formats to conduct training. These can include self-guided and instructor-led training, along with in-person and online environments.

A learning management system also facilitates the delivery of pre-built courses and provides tools for building customized courses. Administrators can assign this content based on the particular skills and knowledge each learner needs to acquire. This equips employees to perform their jobs to a satisfactory degree.

LCMS vs. LMS

LCMS refers to learning content management system. While LCMS and LMS both deal with digital training, LMS has broader capabilities. The main function of an LCMS focuses on the C — content. It acts as a platform for building and hosting the lessons employees will access. Simply put, an LCMS is a tool that allows you to populate your LMS with courses. For that reason, LCMS applications are used by content creators rather than learners.

For a thorough breakdown of how the two systems are similar and different, you can check out our article LMS vs. LCMS: Know the Difference.

Who Uses a Learning Management System?

The answer to this question actually has two sides: the type of company and the type of user. Let’s look at them in turn.

Unlike some software, a learning management system can be leveraged by businesses in any industry. After all, everyone needs to make sure their employees are trained for their roles.

However, implementing LMS can be particularly helpful for companies in highly regulated industries, such as finance or healthcare. Using a learning management system ensures employees receive the proper training based on industry regulations. LMS can also provide certificates showing that an employee has gone through the necessary steps to qualify for their position.

As for user types, an LMS is helpful for two groups:

  • Learners: The employees who go through course content are often referred to as learners. They can be anyone from a new hire in training to a seasoned employee that takes a leadership course in preparation for a managerial role.
  • Administrator: This is the person who manages and monitors the LMS. An administrator has a range of responsibilities. Some of their tasks include building courses, updating content, maintaining the portal and creating certifications.

What Features Should I Look for in an LMS?

While your unique business requirements should determine the features you need, it’s helpful to know the capabilities a typical LMS offers. Here’s a quick rundown of the main features and what they do:

Content Library: The majority of learning management system platforms have a library that lets you store training materials. Many solutions also include access to a marketplace with pre-built courses from content providers such as Lynda and OpenSesame.

Content Authoring: Editing tools allow you to build your own courses so you can customize the training material. With multimedia support, you can upload images and videos.

Gamification: This refers to elements such as points, awards and leaderboards. Many modern systems incorporate gamification features. The goal is to encourage user engagement by rewarding them for participating and stimulating healthy competition among fellow learners.

Social Interaction: Features like group chats, discussion boards, web conferencing, blogs and wikis help learners interact with each other. Doing so enables them to share knowledge, provide feedback and connect over learning experiences rather than training in isolation.

E-Commerce: Rather than helping administer training internally, e-commerce functionality lets companies sell courses externally. It offers tools such as a course catalog, custom branding and payment processing.

Quizzes: Assessments allow users to test their knowledge. Admins can configure tests with different types of questions, such as multiple choice or free text.

Grading: This is how employees prove they’ve adequately learned a subject. You can configure the exact score learners need to achieve to receive a passing grade. Most systems have automation for easily grading a large number of assessments.

Instructor-Led Training: A module for ILT lets you offer virtual or in-person classroom sessions. Tools can include a webinar platform, scheduling and attendee tracking.

Surveys: Administrators can use surveys to gather user feedback. This helps them improve different aspects of the course.

Integrations: Many LMS solutions can integrate with other HR platforms. The advantage is to streamline processes. For example, if your company has a required orientation course for new hires, integration between the learning management system and HR software enables you to automatically add them to the course during the onboarding phase.

SCORM and AICC Support: SCORM, AICC, TinCan (xAPI) and cmi5 are the major e-learning standards. Basically, having LMS that supports SCORM, etc. means you to add any content built using those standards. That makes it a critical part of a learning management system.

Mobile Capability: You’ll find that mobile access is a feature most systems support. Some products employ an app for iOS and Android devices, while others offer a mobile-friendly site so the platform is suitable for anything from desktops to smartphones. Either way, the end result is the same: giving users access anywhere they are, at any time they want.

What Can I Gain from Using an LMS?

A learning management system can bring a variety of benefits to your organization. Some of the major advantages include the ability to:

  • Attract and retain talent
  • Speed up the time needed to train employees
  • Ensure employees are properly certified in the necessary areas and provide documentation to prove it
  • Streamline the onboarding process
  • Develop a strong company culture
  • Engage learners for increased retention
  • Encourage participation with gamification
  • Offer multiple formats to accommodate the different ways people learn
  • Customize each individual’s training so all the content they receive is relevant
  • Reduce skill gaps
  • Provide career development and continuous learning

What Are the Different Pricing Models?

The world of LMS pricing can be confusing. Subscription fees, renewals, annual vs. monthly — what does it all mean?

Let’s break down the various pricing models you’re most likely to run across:

  • Per user: You pay a set fee for that covers a particular number of users. For example, if you have 10 users and the price is $10/user per month, that would work out to $100 each month.
  • Per active user: Slight variation on the above model, in that you’re only charged for users who actively use the software during the billing cycle.
  • License: You pay to use the software for a set amount of time, such as a year. Some licenses give you the ability to have as many users as you need without adding extra cost. However, licenses often have different pricing levels that reflect the included features. Accessing certain capabilities may mean upgrading to a higher tier.
  • Pay as you go: This model only requires you to pay for what you need — whether that’s courses, modules, etc.
  • One-time purchase: You pay for the software upfront, without the need to renew any licenses or pay ongoing fees. The major downside is that it’s only available for on-premise systems.
  • Open source: This is the free option. However, even if you don’t pay to access the system, you’ll still need to put money toward maintenance. It also requires resources such as IT personnel and programmers, or a fair amount of technical know-how on your part.

How Should I Deploy LMS?

It depends. You need to factor in your company’s individual goals, current architecture, learning objectives and other details.

Generally speaking, however, cloud deployment is the better choice. To understand why, let’s quickly go over the two main deployment types:

  • On-premise: WIth this method, you pay an upfront fee to buy or license the software and then install it on the physical servers at your company.
  • Cloud-based: In this model, you pay the vendor a subscription to host the software for you. Users access it via the internet.

On-premise deployment may be a better fit if you’re a large organization with the resources to maintain an in-house system. You have full control over the software, giving you more ability to customize it to your exact needs.

A cloud-based platform, on the other hand, is a good choice for companies of any size. But it’s particularly helpful for smaller businesses that don’t have the infrastructure to support an onsite system. Since the vendor takes care of hosting, you also don’t have to worry about maintaining, backing up or upgrading the software.

Another advantage of cloud solutions is the flexibility they offer. Users only need an internet connection to log in. Employees have the freedom to access lessons on their own schedule. That frees them up to be more productive while at the office and can speed up the time it takes to complete their training.

You’ll also find that many of the popular e-learning platforms, such as Docebo, Cornerstone LMS and SAP Litmos are exclusively cloud-based.

Only you can determine whether cloud or on-premise deployment makes more sense for your company. For that reason, it’s always smart to list out your LMS requirements early on. Knowing what you need from the get-go will help guide your search and steer you toward the best potential products.

How Do I Select the Right LMS?

Reading up on what LMS can do and how it would benefit your company is one thing. But wrapping your head around which product is best for you? That’s a different matter.

There are over 750 applications on the market. Talk about a lot of options.

No matter what stage of the buying process you’re at, we’re here to help. Our goal is to provide the information and tools you need to choose the product that’s a perfect fit for your company’s unique requirements.

Whether you’re doing initial research, shortlisting vendors or anything else, we’ve put together some free resources to support your search:

  • An interactive LMS comparison report. This is a great starting point. It’ll show you how top systems compare for a diverse set of requirements.
  • Our selection management platform. This tool can help you streamline your buying process from start to finish. You can manage RFPs, put together a requirements list, shortlist vendors — everything you need to successfully tackle finding a new LMS.
  • A free RFP template and guide.
  • A requirements checklist and list of critical features.

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Learning management articles are written and edited by:

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A digital specialist and content marketer, Grace joined the SelectHub team at the end of 2019. Currently, she is a Marketing Research Analyst who writes about learning management systems, talent management and payroll software.

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In a world where job skills change daily, ongoing training is an indispensable asset. That’s why businesses are investing in learning management systems so staff members excel. In the booming e-learning market, research can be daunting or even paralyzing. How do you find the best platform? Simple. Prioritize and analyze the top LMS features to find the ideal solution for your organization.

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Best Cloud LMS: Top Cloud-Based Learning Management Systems For 2020

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Career Development: Tips and Tools to Aid Your Company’s Plan

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Career development — it might sound like nothing more than a worthy entry for top buzzword phrases. But the fact is, it can bring major benefits to organizations that take the time to invest. LMS software and a career development plan are two ways employers can emphasize employee growth.

This post will look at how to tackle both those approaches. It’ll provide a framework your business can use for successfully developing your employees.

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Employee Development Strategy: Staff Development That Actually Works

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If you don’t spend the resources necessary to develop your employees, your business will suffer and possibly even fail.

That’s admittedly a little overly-doom and gloom, but employee development strategy is both incredibly important and astoundingly ignored. Many companies start by using a LMS software (Learning Management System), but you need to do more than find a good platform. We’ve collected some proven employee development strategies.

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Taking the initiative to develop your employees helps retain them. The employees with the strongest drive to succeed are the ones you want to keep around. They want to constantly learn and develop, and if you can’t offer that, they’ll search elsewhere for the opportunity.

To reiterate: employee development strategy is pretty important.

1. Conduct a Skill Gap Analysis

According to Lorri Freifield in Training Mag, “solving a skill gap is like solving a puzzle — not only do you have to make the pieces fit, you have to make sure you have all the necessary pieces from the get-go.”

What Is a Skill Gap Analysis?

A skill gap exists when the talents of your workforce do not match their job requirements — this can be costly.

Companies can use skill gap analysis to catalog the skills and competencies of their current workforce, compare that with the needs of the company and then create an employee development strategic plan. This can be extended to future planning as well.

Why Is Skill Gap Analysis Important?

Skill gap analysis is important because you need to ensure your workforce has the skills to succeed as job roles change over time.

Skill gap analysis helps organizations and their employees continue to grow and learn in today’s fast-paced world. Organizations that choose not to engage in professional development are often left in the dust by more innovative competitors. But skill gap analysis doesn’t have to be difficult, costly or time-consuming. We’ll go through a step-by-step process to gather information and make the most of your findings.

How to Perform a Skill Gap Analysis

Describe Roles in Your Organization

First, take a look at the members of your organization: What teams and departments exist? What different kinds of roles exist?

Describe Skills and Priorities

What skills are a priority for your organization going forward? Do you plan to take on new responsibilities or projects in the near future? This is also a good time to consider your company’s missions, goals and values.

Come up with a list of the most important skills your team needs, and how important those skills are. Your list might look something like this:

  • Database management
  • Customer support
  • Web development
  • Digital marketing
  • Leadership

Perform an Assessment

There are a couple of different ways you can go about performing a skill gap assessment, including feedback from reviews, surveys and interviews. The method you choose will depend on your company’s size, resources and goals.

Compile and Analyze Results

Once you have data from your assessments, interviews or feedback, what do you do with it?

First, you want to get it into a form that is easily manageable and ready to analyze. Using the list of skills we created earlier, you can compare the reported skill levels for each position with your requirements. Any discrepancies are your new skill gaps.

Addressing Skill Gaps

If there are large gaps and one or a few people can fulfill the need, consider hiring externally. Of course, you will still need to develop your organization’s talents over time. The feasibility of a new hire will depend on your staffing constraints and budget.

If you can’t hire new employees, it’s time to make the best of the ones you have. Over time, your team will continue to develop new talents to meet the needs of a changing workplace. Here are a few employee training options you can consider:

  • Online courses/eLearning
  • Individual training
  • Private training company
  • Mentorship programs
  • Offering a stipend to employees to attend conferences, take courses, etc.

When you address skill gaps in your organization quickly and carefully, both your team and your bottom line will thank you.

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2. Use the Right Corporate Training Tools

From onboarding to continual development, many modern systems can help create better business models and informed employees.

The following are some of the common elements that businesses use to create vibrant training models for workers on all levels of staff.

Learning Management Systems

As we’ll discuss more below, one of the biggest and most fundamental tools for corporate training is a learning management system. These comprehensive platforms produce a wide range of training on workplace safety, individual business processes and much more.

While providing a fully functional interface for workers to self-train, the best learning management systems also offer in-depth data on training sessions. By aggregating information about results, learning management systems can evaluate the success of training.

OSHA Resources

The U.S. Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides companies with various learning tools. Specific certifications and training promote safety in many different industries. Those involved in heavy manual labor can get specific safety information tailored to their roles. OSHA resources are commonly used for trade workers in areas like electrical, plumbing and construction.

MOOCs

Another great resource for corporate digital training is massive open online courses (MOOCs). Many of these courses include video-based components that provide a hands-on training strategy for employees. MOOCs are becoming part of the U.S. educational system, but they can also be vital in an enterprise training context. Companies can find these resources on open platforms and integrate them into their eLearning processes.

Workforce Management Systems

Another type of enterprise software that can be helpful with training is workforce management software. Workforce management software provides resources for evaluating the activities of workers. It can integrate training functionality along with payroll, tax, scheduling and performance features. Workforce management systems can be particularly effective in evaluating the performance and learning of an employee over time. For example, aspects of workforce management software may document continuing education and professional development.

Synerion

Workforce management software from Synerion.

360-Degree Feedback Tools

360-degree feedback is a software tool in which employees can self-evaluate, and are also evaluated by others. The versatility of 360-degree feedback means that these evaluations may be done by supervisors but also by peers or people outside the company.

By looking in depth at actionable feedback on employee performance, company leaders can chart a course forward for the business, focusing on the important areas in which improvement is needed.

Digital Employee Assessments

Assessment tools are also critically relevant to ongoing training. To put it simply, companies want to see results. Businesses want to make sure training strategies work and employees have broadened their knowledge as a result. Assessment tools will show how processes are working over time, and whether the business needs to put key changes in place to drive a better-educated workforce.

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3. Build a Learning Management Program

A learning management system is often the biggest step many businesses take as they develop their staff development strategies. However, many companies are unhappy with their LMS due to outdated interfaces, lack of customization or incomplete reporting. Doing thorough research and identifying your team’s main objectives before installing an LMS can save your company time and money.

Learning management programs help businesses and educational institutions track, administer and report on educational courses or training programs. These programs are often used when onboarding new employees, but they can also be used in more general people development strategy, such as external customer-facing training sessions.

Choosing the right software for your company is no easy task, and there’s a lot of research to sift through before making a decision. We’ve provided some of the most important considerations for you and your key stakeholders when evaluating an LMS solution:

Determine Use Cases

The first thing to consider when looking for a learning management program is the use cases and the staff development strategy you hope to provide. To do so, ask yourself these questions and share them with stakeholders:

  • Who is our audience for the curriculum?
  • Will we have one curriculum or multiple courses on different topics?
  • Will the courses be instructor-led, video-based or text-based?
  • What will the delivery method for the courseware look like? Will employees engage with training software online?
  • What platforms will the content be hosted on?
  • Do we need an LMS, or just an LCMS (Learning Content Management System)?

Select Important Features

Learning management programs can have a wide variety of features ranging from critical to “nice-to-have.” You should speak with your key stakeholders and figure out which features are most important. Once you have your list of features, you can refer to it when demoing different vendors.

Edvance360

Edvance360 is an example of a typical LMS.

Demo Your Options

You wouldn’t buy a car before test driving it, would you? The same principle applies to building a learning management program.

During a demo period, be sure to have your list of prioritized features at hand and ask questions like:

  • What level of support and maintenance is available?
  • What is the pricing model?
  • Does the vendor have similar customers?
  • Does the vendor have compelling reviews from similar customers?
  • Will the system be user-friendly for both the administrators and learners?

Get Buy-In

Remember that a significant software purchase like an LMS affects people across the company. You’ll want to get feedback from IT, administrators and learners (your employees or students). Since these are three completely different audiences with different goals, be prepared to answer different types of questions for each group.

IT Professionals

IT professionals are most often interested in the technical requirements for integration and the support required to maintain the system. You can ask these questions to evaluate the technical feasibility of the learning management program:

  • How does this program integrate with our existing processes?
  • What are the technical requirements for support and maintenance?
  • What customization is needed?
  • Will the LMS be cloud-based or on-premise? What are the pros and cons of each strategy for our business?

Administrators

Administrators want a system that is easy to maintain and has robust reporting capabilities for measuring progress. When speaking to administrators, ask them these questions to get a feel for how the LMS will suit their needs:

  • How easy is it to add a new course?
  • How do I see which students have completed each course?
  • Which formats are supported?
  • What kind of data can I access about my learners, and how do I access it?

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Learners

For your learners, you’ll want to focus on user-friendliness and experience. If possible, include some of your target users in the demo and get their feedback.

Many companies end up cycling through multiple learning management programs before finding the one that suits them best, so doing your research and getting buy-in upfront can save a lot of money.

Ask these questions to evaluate the user-friendliness of the product:

  • What is the level of technical skill needed to use the product?
  • How can I find out about new courses or information?
  • How do I search for information, and how long does it take to find what I’m looking for?
  • How do I see my courses and track what I’ve completed?

Implement Your Solution

Once you’ve settled on a solution, work with IT and management to ensure it rolls out smoothly. The right LMS can help you track employee engagement, learning progress and other metrics, and ensure the success of your learning management program for years to come.

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Final Thoughts

It is difficult to underestimate the importance of employee development. Ultimately, creating a strategy focused on continued education and career progress will build up a driven, dedicated workforce in your business.

What employee development strategies does your business use? Tell us in the comments!

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What is Blended Learning?: The Benefits of Blended Learning Tools

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Our understanding of adult learning is evolving, technology is advancing, and the way that we deliver training isn’t quite as straightforward as it used to be (hello, learning management systems!). As the lines between ‘traditional’ and ‘online’ blur, it’s becoming increasingly challenging to define blended learning in a way that is universally understood.

So, what does blended learning mean, exactly? And how does it apply to training?

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The last decade and a half has witnessed a tectonic shift in the management style and management models that guide corporate business. The move has been from a very hierarchical, top-down, process-driven approach to a more democratic model, where problem-solving and managing happens in smaller, more agile and less structured teams. Consequently, it is of little surprise that the way companies structure and disseminate learning into their workplace has started to mirror this model.

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Litmos vs Docebo: Which LMS Is The Winner?

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Corporate training initiatives have become increasingly commonplace in today’s business. They’ve been shown to increase employee engagement, as well as retention. In fact, 70% of people say that training/development in the workplace influences their decision to stay with their current employer. And let’s be honest, there really isn’t much of a downside to helping your employees improve their job-applicable skills.

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Employee Training Software: 7 Benefits You Can’t Afford to Ignore

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Wondering if you need employee training software? If so, you’re asking the wrong question. It’s not a matter of should you engage in web-based employee training, but how you can most effectively deliver that training. That’s where LMS software (Learning Management System) comes in.

Think about it this way: Have you considered the cost of not training your employees? The right employee training program (also known as eLearning software) allows you to streamline and improve the ways your organization prepares employees to excel in their jobs, as well as provides necessary education to ensure employees comply with industry standards.

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LMS Implementation Project Plan: Checklist of 7 Critical Steps

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You’ve probably heard a horror story or two of a failed LMS implementation. Although LMS software can deliver a powerful range of benefits to your organization, it can’t help if your efforts fall flat. You want to avoid the same fate at your company, but what steps and processes should you follow? We’ve put together a checklist to help guide you.

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LMS vs LCMS: A Comprehensive Comparison of the Difference Between Them

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ELearning is projected to become a $325 billion industry by 2025, according to Forbes. As online learning software is more widely adopted, the available options for learning tools expands. The top online learning solutions are LMS software (learning management systems) and LCMS (learning content management systems). Based on name alone, these solutions sound like very similar platforms. While they do share functionality, some important differences come to light when comparing LMS vs LCMS.

Alainia ConradLMS vs LCMS: A Comprehensive Comparison of the Difference Between Them
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Picking a LMS for a SMB

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Learning is an integral part of business growth. Only companies that have a process to ensure that their employees are continuously learning and moving forward can expect to meet their long-term goals. After all, without a way for employees to progress, it not only limits the potential for growth for the company, but also makes the workplace much less appealing to potential employees because of the lack of opportunities to advance their careers and acquire new skills.

SelectHubPicking a LMS for a SMB
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OKR: What It Is and Examples of Implementing OKRs Into Your Goal Setting Strategy

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Vision is important, but it’s hard to focus when the world pulls you away from your higher purpose. Setting goals and measuring them, manually or through a learning management system, helps everyone stay on track. The last thing you want is to create company values and have them ignored.

Maybe that’s why teams who set goals perform between 20 to 25% better than those who don’t, according to the Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness. By using questions and actionable insights, you can hone one achievement. That’s where OKRs enter the picture. What are OKRs? What does OKR stand for? How do you write good ones? Keep reading for answers and OKR examples.

Grace SavidesOKR: What It Is and Examples of Implementing OKRs Into Your Goal Setting Strategy
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Online Training Software: Features, Benefits and Leading Solutions

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Training is a never-ending process for companies that want to stay ahead of their competition. Today, industries evolve and change so quickly that the only way to make sure your company keeps up is by helping your employee consistently improve their knowledge and skills. You can do just that my implementing an online training software.

SelectHubOnline Training Software: Features, Benefits and Leading Solutions
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Employee Skill Development: Everything You Need to Know

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Employees switch jobs more than ever before. Investing in your workforce is a must. Companies that don’t provide enough growth opportunities risk lower engagement, higher difficulty maintaining a talented staff and the possibility of losing top performers. That’s why more leaders focus on upskilling their team with tools like learning management systems.

Grace SavidesEmployee Skill Development: Everything You Need to Know
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An In-Depth Analysis of Online Learning Platforms

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Sometimes it feels like we never really leave school. Whether we’re three years into our career or thirty, there’s always more knowledge to gain. As the saying goes: “Never stop learning, because life never stop teaching.” Some businesses have taken this to heart, implementing online learning platforms to make sure that their employees actually never stop learning.

SelectHubAn In-Depth Analysis of Online Learning Platforms
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The Content in a Learning Content Management System (LCMS)

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A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is differentiated from a Learning Management System (LMS) by the capacity to create eLearning content. An LCMS gives authors, eLearning designers and industry experts the capacity to efficiently create content that’s targeted and timely. A business operates in real time, therefore content development and knowledge access must also function in real time.

Gabriel GheorghiuThe Content in a Learning Content Management System (LCMS)
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