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27/03/2020 Luke Hilton

Learning Management Systems & COVID-19

Learning Management Systems

If you run a business that’s been forced to have staff working remotely, due to quarantine from a virus pandemic for example, you may wish that you had already implemented a learning management system (LMS).

LMS were first developed to meet the needs of the higher education sector, managing all aspects of providing educational, training and development programs with software that looks after administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery. Now also heavily used in the corporate sector, a LMS identifies training and learning gaps, utilising analytical data and reporting, and delivers appropriate content – whether videos, courses or documents – to achieve learning online.

eLearning

Put simply, an LMS powers eLearning.

The most common uses for a LMS in business are to deliver employee training, employee orientation, knowledge retention, and general education. The main advantage for business is that employees can access materials when they want, from where they want, and at the pace they want. Additionally, once courses are set up on the platform there is no marginal cost for employees taking them. These factors keep productivity up and costs down.

Anyone who’s been to university knows that most practical knowledge is learnt on the job, so the more efficiently and effectively you can boost your staff’s knowledge of their jobs, the better.

Education isn’t just about productivity, but also career development, and when it comes to staff retention this is key. A Work Institute study found that 86% of companies had had employees leave due to a lack of career development, while having good training plans was one of the top reasons for staff staying.

Similarly, the 2019 Job Seeker Nation Study in the United States by Jobvite found that 61% of workers listed career growth as the top factor in looking for a job, outstripping pay (57%) and healthcare benefits (58%).

Docebo and SAP Litmos LMS

At Playhouse there are two LMS that we are recommending: Docebo and SAP Litmos.

In addition to the mandatory LMS requirements, Docebo relies on AI-powered learning to improve the learner experience and provide deeper personalisation. It has a fully integrated ecosystem of features and a modular interface, which is delivered device-agnostic and mobile-friendly. It also supports blended and social learning initiatives that engage users and encourage participation. As a bonus, you can integrate Docebo’s 700-course library within your platform offering.

While Docebo is regarded as the most comprehensive online training solution, SAP Litmos is the biggest. It boasts of over 21 million users taught, with a billion courses completed. Its content-rich course catalogue makes it easy to manage the entire learning program from system implementation and integration to ongoing administration. It also comes with features to help you build your online course, including creating assessments and gamification. Importantly, it is quick to deploy and integrates with nearly all of your existing systems, enabling information sharing and data synchronisation.

LMS & COVID-19

The current coronavirus crisis isn’t expected to peak until June, and will only be behind us in December. That’s nine months away! Restrictions on movement and gathering are going to become stricter, but having an LMS implemented can ensure that your business makes the most of this time while your employees are working remotely.

If you’d like to discuss an LMS with us, or for any Magento needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Want to find out about more about Learning Management Systems (LMS) and how they can easily integrate into your business?

Get in touch with our team and we can talk to you about your LMS needs now.

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