5 advantages of using a Learning Management System or LMS

We live in an ever changing world where a business needs totraining
evolve and change to meet current trends and customer needs.
To assist in this process a business needs to invest in the training of key staff or employees and a Learning Management System (LMS) will assist in this task.

The LMS or Learning Management system is a web based application that provides for deployment and management of an online business training programme. Through the LMS an instructor can create and deliver training content to all staff from one place and the business can monitor staff/ learner participation, and assess their performance.

The advantages of using a Learning Management System include :

1. Centralised Learning Management
A centralised LMS helps you design and deliver training in an organised and consistent manner.
At a glance you can review and report on the status of company-wide training programs.
Any changes to training as result of feedback can be implemented and rolled out straightaway to all learners through the LMS. The LMS can also produce standardised reports on business wide training outcomes which can be important to measure a return on investment or even important business regulatory requirements.

2. Manage and track staff training and performance
When rolling out a staff training plan the key is monitoring the delivery of the training to staff and then measuring the results post training. The LMS will control the enrollment of staff, the tracking through various stages of content and measuring the outcomes of learning.
Participants can log out of the LMS at any stage in the training and on return the system will continue the training from the point they left. The LMS can also be used for pre training evaluation to see what level of training an individual needs to start and helps in the focus on training needs.

3. Reduce Training Costs
A key advantage of using an LMS is that the cost of training a member of staff using online learning via an LMS  is much cheaper than traditional instructor lead or classroom based training.
A productive LMS can save in areas such as travel, accommodation, less down time, instructor costs, etc as well as administrative savings with a centralised learning management system.

4. Empower and motivate key staff
In any business or organisation your staff or employees are a key resource in running and managing your business. WIth an LMS you are providing a key training tool for them to upgrade their knowledge and skills. This in turn will motivate staff to learn and participate in training programs. The system will give them responsibility for their learning and will help engage staff with the management of the business. They will be able to provide feedback on the quality and relevance of the training and have input to changes that may be required.

5. Online Access to training
A key strength of a web based LMS is the ability to access the training 24/7 via an internet connection and web browser.This flexibility in learning is a key advantage as staff can control the pace of learning that suits their needs.
The online LMS also provides instant access to training resources in support of the learning. Participants can even go back through previously viewed areas as a means of revision or recall when required. The LMS can be accessed from any location which allows the participant to train from the comfort of their own home and outside of business hours.