The top three components of a good learning management system

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From ease of use, to integrating with HR systems, here are the essential components of a good learning management system (LMS)

During the coronavirus pandemic, L&D teams, like many other departments, have had to deal with many changes to the way they work. A People Management survey found that 75% of L&D professionals changed the way some or all training was delivered as a result of the shift to remote working, with 50% making training available online.

This shift has meant an increased reliance on learning management systems (LMS) which help deliver and track employee online learning and development. With an LMS, organisations can overcome logistical issues and can ensure that everyone is continuously learning from wherever they are, but what should organisations be looking out for as the essential components of a good LMS?

Here are three components which you should prioritise.

1. Ease of use

An LMS has to be easy to use. Employees have to be able to access the system from wherever they are working and from any internet-enabled computer or mobile device.

An LMS with single-sign on reduces the need for employees to log into the system each time – giving them quick, easy access.

An intuitive user interface is crucial for an LMS – employees don’t want to be confused when using the LMS for their own learning or training purposes, and a user-friendly interface can reduce this confusion by making the system easy to understand.

2. In-built reporting

When choosing the best LMS for your organisation, you’ll want to make sure that it provides real-time and accurate reporting.

An LMS that includes in-built reporting can help you track learners’ activity and progress – you can report on who has completed assigned training programs, which courses have the highest rate of completion, and if employees’ productivity is improving by taking training courses etc.

In-built reporting can help you identify the employees who may be struggling with their learning and development and can ensure you make informed decisions.

3. Integrates with HR software

A good LMS is one that is also able to integrate with your specialist HR software – improving collaboration between HR and L&D teams as a result.

This integration means you can better understand your workforce and make informed decisions. You can spot patterns and trends by looking at raw HR data (e.g. employee retention rate) – which can be transferred seamlessly between the two systems due to the integration – and use this to set relevant employee goals in the LMS to improve employee experience.

The integration between the two systems can also create personalised learning paths. You can see the responsibilities and past performance of each employee and use this to provide tailored training which will have a bigger impact on the employee. 

Digits’ glo™ learn is a multi-award winning, SaaS-based learning management system (LMS). Request a demo to find out more.

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