5 reasons to deliver training through a LMS or VLE

LMS pageMost people would accept that some aspect of their training is suitable for on-line delivery, but it can take another step to see the full benefits of a learning management system (LMS) or virtual learning environment (VLE). What are the benefits of using an LMS such as Moodle, Canvas, or TalentLMS over a standard website, or other electronic delivery?

An LMS will not only contain the training, but will also handle enrolment, scheduling, learning goals, set and assess competencies… the list goes on. Course content can be simple to include and devolved to subject specialists, and you just need someone to take on site administration responsibilities to deal with the logistics.

Here are my top 5 reasons for investing in an LMS:

1-Save your training budget
A LMS uses template based content, and this means anything you develop can be used and reused as appropriate. Adding new courses can be quick and simple.

2-Save your time
Your changes are made quickly, and deployed instantly by using templates. No emails out, or hoping people see something on their intranet. Your LMS can communicate updates for you.

3-See what’s happening
You will get tracking data from system wide down to individual users. Compliance for training can be demonstrated easily. Who has and who has not completed training can be identified. Individual questions can show where misunderstandings have occurred, allowing you to take targeted training action.

4-Digital is grown up
People in their 20s have grown up with tech, so adopting new systems and mobile information feels natural to them. There is also their expectation that information will be available at their fingertips.

5-Supersized
Once you are up and running, scaling up your delivery isn’t an issue. Dealing with high levels of interactivity is part of LMS design. New people can be enrolled easily.

Gain your own experience

A good way to test a LMS is to sign up to a short course to experience how it really feels to be a learner. See how free you are to work at your own pace and choose your own times to work through material. If you keep a record, you might be surprised how much you can make use of short periods of time to learn. I’d certainly recommend Learn Moodle

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One choice you will have to make, is how much you want to do in-house and how much you want to give, and pay for, to a supplier. I’d recommend creating your own course content at least to get maximum benefit from the scalability of an LMS.

If you have training that can be delivered online, then it will be worth your time checking what an LMS can do for your users. There may be a learning curve and cost initially, but once implemented, the scalability will repay your investment.