As the global workplace continues to increase in complexity, there is a growing need for employee training that helps workers to operate effectively in today’s demanding corporate climate. Unprecedented challenges in areas such as understanding how to work in core technology systems, adhering to compliance regulations, and operating respectfully within diverse work environments are issues that comprehensive employee training programs can go a long way toward addressing.
In the past, the primary method for delivering employee training was through in-person, instructor-led classroom sessions. More recently, however, two emerging trends have made this classroom-based approach less appealing.
The emergence of new, cloud-based technologies that are proving to be highly effective for employee training and workforce development programs.
Increasingly remote workforces, which makes it difficult to pull employees together for in-person training programs (a trend that was already developing even before COVID-19).
Given this, online learning, or “eLearning” has emerged as the preferred method of employee training for companies of all sizes and from nearly every industry. eLearning offers several benefits over classroom-based training, including:
eLearning removes much of the heavy cost overhead associated with in-person training, such as travel, lodging, and catering fees, as well as the cost of printing and distributing learning materials. eLearning also eliminates lost productivity costs as it can be accomplished after hours, thus removing the need to pull employees away from their job duties.
While the development of a classroom-based training program can require a significant amount of preparation and lead time, eLearning courses and content can be built and delivered very quickly. This is a tremendous advantage in today’s fast-paced, dynamic work environments.
Improved Comprehension and Retention
One of the challenges of classroom-based training is in the need for all employees to keep pace with the instructor. In contrast, eLearning allows employees to conduct their learning activities at their own pace, which creates a better learning experience and increased levels of retention and comprehension of the content.
Accuracy and Consistency
With classroom-based training, it is difficult to know whether the instructors are delivering accurate and current content with on-point messaging. eLearning takes this challenge away by allowing you to use and re-purpose a single set of learning content across all of your courses and programs.
The Benefits of a Cloud-Based LMS for Employee Training
The core technology that supports and drives all types of eLearning programs, including employee training, is a Learning Management System, or “LMS”. While some companies choose to deploy their LMS in a self-hosted manner (on-premises), they tend to be large organizations that have a large amount of capital available to “stand up” the application, as well as the availability of resources (both labor and financial) for the ongoing support and management of the system.
In contrast, a cloud-based LMS, offered by a third-party vendor, offers a number of powerful advantages.
Minimal Initial Spend
A cloud-based LMS requires very little in the way of an up-front investment as it is typically available on a subscription basis in which you are simply accessing the LMS application and supporting infrastructure from the vendor.
Very Little Ongoing Management
A cloud LMS vendor also takes care of the system on an ongoing basis, including the maintenance and availability of the system. This means frees up your company to simply build and deliver great employee training programs.
Because most cloud-based LMS vendors offer access to their application on a subscription basis, you can simply pick a plan that meets your company’s current needs and increase (or decrease) that capacity as your needs change over time.
Security and Availability
A cloud-based LMS vendor can typically achieve a level of application security and availability that most companies cannot accomplish on their own. And they can do it more cost-effectively as they can spread these costs across their entire client base.
LMS Portals: A Cloud-Based for Employee Training Management Software
LMS Portals provides our clients and partners with a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to build and manage multiple private eLearning environments (portals) to create unique learning experiences for multiple audiences. And each portal you launch can have its own unique branding and the supporting technologies required to create an optimal learning experience.