We often hear from L&D teams who are not yet leveraging LMS features that could transform the way they work and improve the learning experience for their employees. In this blog, we look at some LMS features you need for effective learning management.
If you currently have an LMS, how many of its various tools and features do you use on a regular basis?
If you’re looking to purchase an LMS, do you know which tools and features could make a real difference on your team’s day-to-day work?
An LMS is a big investment, and it needs to work for you. An LMS that doesn’t create admin efficiencies, or improve compliance and learner engagement will not deliver significant ROI for your organization.
From our experience advising many leading organizations, we’ve put together a list of ten LMS features that deliver great benefits. In the rest of this blog, we’re going to share a few of our favorites.
LMS features for better compliance: Update controls
These organizations often have to validate their LMS for intended use to be compliant with certain regulations.
Validating an LMS for intended use is expensive and time-consuming. Validation procedures can take around three to six months to complete, and include the creation of lengthy documentation.
If an organization has a multi-tenant LMS, they may find that it’s invalidated when their LMS provider rolls out blanket upgrades. This means they have to go through the entire validation process again.
But with a single-tenant LMS, such as NetDimensions Learning, update controls can provide L&D teams in highly-regulated industries with the control they need to maintain compliance.
Update controls allow organizations to specify when and how they would like to upgrade. This might mean upgrading only once a year to drastically cut down on validation costs.
If you’re in a highly-regulated industry, seek out a single-tenant LMS that puts you in control of upgrades.
LMS features for admin efficiencies: scheduling tools
Smart scheduling features can transform the way organizations manage the non-digital elements of your training programs.
Scheduling face-to-face sessions and webinars can be difficult, especially if you still organize the face-to-face or virtual classroom elements of your courses outside of your LMS.
Training administrators need to be able to give busy learners flexibility, and reduce as much friction as possible when it comes to booking and attending face-to-face and virtual classroom sessions.
This can be a difficult goal to achieve in many LMSs unless you have features that can streamline the scheduling process.
First of all, ensure your LMS can integrate with leading virtual classroom and webinar software. This way, everyone (both learners and administrators) can manage everything in one place.
Secondly, find an LMS with a tool that lets you offer your learners multiple classroom training sessions, so they have the flexibility to choose the session that most suits their availability.
NetDimensions Learning has this feature, and feedback has shown us that many LMS administrators find it an invaluable tool to help learners attend training around the demands of their role.
Take advantage of features in your LMS to streamline scheduling processes and empower your learners to take control of their own learning.
LMS features for learner engagement: learning pathways
Busy employees often struggle to see the value of learning because they aren’t always able to relate it to their everyday work. It can sometimes feel like an unwanted add-on – just ‘something else they have to do’. That mentality stalls learner engagement.
An effective and clear way to communicate learner journeys is to visualize them – that way learners can literally see the path they are progressing through.
NetDimensions’ LMS has a visual learning pathway feature that can visualize many different types of employee learning journeys.
These pathways can be set up according to competencies the employee needs to achieve as part of their role. They can also be based around locations the learner works at and the key skills they need to work safely there – for example, different laboratories or processing centers.
You can see in the example below that the training this learner needs to complete is mapped to the core skills of their role.
When learners can clearly see how learning relates to their role, they’re more motivated to complete it. Leverage tools in your LMS that can give an at-a-glance view of a learning journey.
To read the rest of our list of top LMS features, download our Insight, ‘10 LMS features you need for effective learning management‘.