If your organisation offers any form of training and doesn’t currently have a Learning Management System (LMS), you are likely to be thinking of adopting one. After all, the advantages of an LMS platform are well documented. Consider the example of Sofema Online, who provide online training in the aviation industry. Sofema’s course materials are streamed through a dedicated YouTube channel, views of which doubled in 2017 and are expected to double again this year.
An lms can be adopted either by installing a system in-house or signing up to use a cloud-based service. Whichever route you choose will carry some cost, which must of course be justified. However, have you considered whether you can justify the cost of not having an LMS? The importance of Learning Management System adoption for boosting Return on Investment should not be discounted or ignored. Here are some reasons why:
eLearning courses are cheaper to run than classroom-based courses
elearning ROI can be very attractive, because instructor salaries may be reduced or removed altogether. Training materials are made digitally available to learners to explore in their own time, so instructors need not be present at classes. Further, there are no running costs for a physical venue or for printed materials, and no catering or transport costs for learners of instructors. Newer LMS platforms don’t cut the element of Live Training from another human being out completely though, with the use of Discussion Boards offering to connect Learners and Trainers in more meaningful and considered ways that many classroom discussions.
eLearning is attractive to customers
The adoption of a Learning Management System may increase the overall uptake of your courses. eLearning is flexible and can be undertaken at the pace and at times which suit individual learners. It doesn’t involve travel to a venue, so it can fit around other commitments and be taken from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. You may have the opportunity to outpace competitors who are yet to offer eLearning, by offering this as an option.
Make your learning materials and your LMS work hard for you
You can make the most of any materials which you currently use in tradition classroom settings, by uploading them into your LMS. You might also want to explore blended learning solutions, which combine eLearning and classroom-based elements to provide even more versatile, individualised solutions. One set of learning materials can then be offered to learners in a variety of different ways. You could also make use of your LMS for internal training purposes such as staff orientation, in addition to external training provision.
An LMS can save time and still reach more learners
Staff save time with an LMS, because there is less preparation to do for each class or course. The same class materials can be used repeatedly. You can reach more learners without adding significantly to administrative or teaching workload, since communications can be sent out automatically to an unlimited number of learners via your LMS. Updates to course content can also be automatically updated for all users.