Updated: Apr 25
Given the power of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its potential for significant fines, businesses of all sizes are scrambling to ensure that their data protection programs meet the stringent requirements it has put in place. The GDPR has made the stakes high for any company that manages the personal data of EU citizens. With GDPR, fines can be as high as €20 million or 4% of the businesses’ annual worldwide turnover. And importantly, the potential for violation resides with any person who has access to the personal data of EU citizens.
Ten years or so ago, a company’s best option for conducting employee training was through classroom-based programs. But in recent years, as cloud-based technologies have continued to evolve, online learning, or “eLearning”, has emerged as the preferred choice for all types of employee training programs, including GDPR training. And the cornerstone technology supporting eLearning is known as a Learning Management System, or “LMS”.
The Benefits of an LMS for GDPR Training
An LMS is the software application that is used to build, deliver, and track all types of eLearning programs, including corporate training. While some companies chose to deploy their LMS on-premises, they tend to be larger organizations that have the human and financial resources to deploy and manage the system. Medium and smaller organizations tend to go with a cloud-based LMS offered by a third-party vendor.
Some of the benefits of a cloud LMS over classroom-based training include:
Corporate training carries a several significant costs that you can eliminate with an LMS. These include employee travel, on-site instructor fees, and the cost of printing and distributing training materials. In addition, because an LMS allows employees to conduct their training activities after hours or during breaks, it eliminates the cost of lost productivity.
An LMS gives employees the ability to access the learning content they need at any time and any place they need it. All that is required is an Internet connection. This allows for contextual learning and contributes to the learning experience by enabling the employees to learn in any environment that is comfortable for them.
Most cloud LMS vendors allow their clients to choose a plan that meets their specific requirements at any given time. This eliminates the need to pay for features and capacity they do not need.
A cloud LMS offers the ability to increase capacity at your company’s needs grow and evolve over time. And the opportunity for scaling is immediate, without a need for rolling out any additional supporting infrastructure.
The Benefits of a Cloud LMS for GDPR Employee Training
While an LMS can impact numerous areas of an organization’s corporate training program, it can be particularly effective for GDPR employee training as it offers:
Because an LMS allows you to leverage the same proven and up-to-date content across multiple audiences and courses, it allows you to deliver your training with consistency and a single, unified message.
For all types of compliance training, including GDPR, there can be emerging needs to get new content and courses created and delivered quickly. An LMS supports fast turnarounds when these situations arise.
You will want to keep a record of all your employees’ training activities and this is particularly true for GDPR training. Most cloud LMS platforms provide detailed reporting to document and prove employee training activities and success.
LMS Portals: A Cloud LMS for GDPR Training
LMS Portals offers a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows our clients and partners to launch and manage multiple, private eLearning environments (portals) to support all types of eLearning activities, including GDPR employee training. Using our system, administrators can dynamically launch new environments on-demand. And each offers its own branding, user onboarding, messaging and collaboration tools, analytics, and more.