Today, companies of all sizes and from just about every industry are experiencing a growing need for employee learning and training. Mastering increasingly complex technologies, understanding new regulations, and skills development (both “hard” and “soft”) are just a few of the areas that employees must deal with and look to their employers and a workplace training program for assistance.
In the past, companies tended to rely on classroom-based trainings and in-person seminars to address these knowledge and skills gaps. But in recent years, as cloud-based technologies have continued to evolve, online learning (also known as “eLearning”) has emerged as the cornerstone for many corporate training programs. And the foundational technology that supports corporate eLearning is known as a Learning Management System (LMS).
The Benefits of an LMS for Corporate Training
An LMS provides the foundational technology for a corporate training program by providing the software application on which eLearning programs are built, delivered, and tracked. An LMS can either be hosted on-premises or delivered as a SaaS application by a third-party vendor.
Some of the benefits of working with an LMS to support and manage your corporate training program can include:
In working with an LMS, you eliminate the need for expensive travel and lodging. There also is no need for on-site instructor fees, catering classes, or paying for the printing an distribution of training materials.
An LMS enables eLearning administrators and instructors to build and deliver new training content very quickly. This can be a significant benefits in today’s fast paced, dynamic work environment.
In working with an LMS, you provide your employees with the opportunity to conduct their training activities at any time, even after hours. This eliminates the need to pull employees away from their job roles and saves your company any lost productivity.
Because an LMS allows your employees to conduct their training activities at any time and from any place, they are likely to have a better learning experience and achieve greater comprehension and retention of their learning materials.
Most LMS platforms offer the ability to capture and report on the detailed data regarding employee engagement and performance in your learning program. This information can help you make personnel assessments, as well as support future decisions and directions of your learning program.
Calculating the ROI of Your Corporate LMS
As with any investment, it is important to understand the factors that will contribute to the return-on-investment (ROI) for your corporate LMS. Reviewing these contributing factors up-front can help you determine the timing, direction, and extent of your corporate training program and the LMS you will use to support the program.
Some of the important factors to consider for ROI should include:
Savings an LMS can bring over traditional, classroom-based training programs
Increased productivity you can expect from better-trained employees
Decreased costs due to lower employee turnover (companies with eLearning programs tend to have happier employees)
For many companies, a cloud-based LMS makes more financial sense as it eliminates the need for:
A large up-front investment in software and infrastructure
Ongoing management and maintenance of the system
About LMS Portals
LMS Portals offers a cloud-based, multi-tenant LMS that allows our clients and partners to launch and manage multiple, private eLearning environments on-demand. With LMS Portals, you can quickly and dynamically launch new learning portals to support any number of eLearning audiences. And each portal offers its own branding, user onboarding, messaging and collaboration tools, analytics, and more.