Learning Management System (LMS) technology has evolved rapidly in recently years. This is due to the availability of enhanced cloud-based technologies that can be applied to learning management combined with increasingly remote workforces (a trend that began well before COVID-19) that is driving the need for eLearning innovation.
Corporate training organizations tend to monitor the evolution of LMS technology closely as continued advancements can help them to improve the learning experience for their employees while (hopefully) driving down their overall training costs.
Given this, there are two areas of LMS technology that can be of particular interest to corporate training organizations.
Multi-Tenant LMS Architecture
A relatively recent development in LMS technology is in the availability of a multi-tenant architecture. In the past, companies were forced to dedicate the entirety of their LMS application, both hardware and software, for delivery to a single training audience. This approach limited the opportunity for logical segmentation as you scale and grow your corporate training program.
In contrast, a multi-tenant architecture allows you to “spin up” new instances of the LMS application for each audience that requires training. This approach is particularly well-suited for companies looking to train their “extended enterprise” as well as for third-party training and consulting organizations wanting to create separate, private eLearning environments (portals) for each of their clients.
The Shareable Content Object Reference Model, or “SCORM” refers to the collection of technical standards used to develop effective eLearning content. As a de facto standard in eLearning, SCORM has many benefits.
A SCORM-compliant LMS supports interoperability between different eLearning software products. This allows you to create eLearning courses through the use of various authoring tools and share these materials across different SCORM-compliant LMS platforms.
A SCORM-compliant LMS can help to reduce your overall costs of integration. In fact, some companies save as much as 80%, along with a significant time savings.
A SCORM-compliant LMS provides for a great deal of flexibility in creating content that needs to be customized to meet specific company needs. This allows developers to build unique eLearning content and courses to meet the unique needs of targeted training audiences.
Another powerful benefit is in the opportunity to repurpose content. This allows you to save a significant amount of time and money as it eliminates the need to re-create content from scratch. It also minimizes your time-to-market (TTM) for content delivery.
SCORM allows for the easy and detailed analytics tracking of such things as individual scores, quiz results, and pending and completed courses. You can also drill down into detailed information regarding the total time spent on any specific module, the score for each training module, and more.
LMS Portals: A Multi-Tenant, SCORM-Compliant LMS
LMS Portals provides our clients and partners with a multi-tenant, SCORM-compliant learning management system. Our cloud-based offering allows you to “spin up” new, customized instances of the application to support each of your unique training audiences. And each portal you launch can have its own branding, user onboarding system, collaboration and messaging tools, analytics engine, and more.