Updated: Apr 25, 2021
In recent years, corporate training has emerged to enable colleges and universities generate new revenue streams while and increasing their opportunities to work with industry. These programs also provide employees with an ideal way of staying current with industry and technology changes and expanding their skills. Given this, many community college Presidents and Boards are looking to develop and grow their corporate training teams and acquire the supporting technologies to run a cost-effective and successful program.
In years past, the primary opportunity for these schools was to drive their programs through classroom-based, in-person training. However, the rise of remote workers combined with the continued evolution of cloud-based technologies has made online learning or, “eLearning” the preferred approach to the effective capture of this lucrative opportunity. And the foundational technology that supports all types of eLearning, including corporate training, is a Learning Management System (LMS).
A Cloud LMS vs. An On-Premises LMS
An LMS is the software application that enables training organizations to build, deliver, and track eLearning courses and programs. While some organizations choose to deploy their LMS on-premises, they tend to be very large companies that have both the financial and human resources to deploy and manage the system.
A preferred approach for smaller and medium-sized organizations is a cloud-based, or "SaaS-based", LMS provided by a third-party vendor. This approach enables your community college training program to be up-and-running quickly with LMS technology without incurring a major capital expense. And most cloud-based LMS platforms provide significant flexibility through subscription-based offerings that allow you to exact the specific features and capacity you need to run your program, without accessing and paying for services that you do not need.
The Benefits of a Multi-Tenant LMS for Community College Corporate Training
Another choice your organization will make is between a single tenant LMS and a multi-tenant LMS. A single tenant system dedicates the application and resources to one specific client. While this approach does give that client a greater opportunity for flexibility and customization, it typically comes at a significant cost. And with a single tenant LMS, there is a greater lag time between identifying the need for an LMS for a client and actually making the system available for their use.
A multi-tenant LMS, on the other hand, offers an architecture that more closely aligns with the business model and technology needs of a community college training organization. With multitenancy, an instance of the application is shared among multiple clients or “tenants”. It also involves some sharing of resources in order to capture architectural efficiency.
For corporate training organizations, a multi-tenant LMS allows you to “spin up” new branded environments very quickly (possibly, within minutes). You can also “tear down” these environments at the end of any particular training engagement and manage your current active client base from a single, centralized repository. And with multitenancy, system upgrades and updates are automatically propagated across the entirety of your portals, thus ensuring that each of your clients is running the “latest and greatest” version of the LMS at any given time.
LMS Portals for Community College Corporate Training Programs
LMS Portals offers a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management solution that allows our community college corporate training partners to launch and manage multiple, private eLearning environments (portals) to drive their training programs. Using the system, you can dynamically launch a new private learning environment for each new client you bring into your program. And each portal offers its own branding, user onboarding, messaging and collaboration tools, analytics, and more.