Updated: Apr 25, 2021
A company’s employees are its most important asset. Given this, offering your workers the training they need to be successful in their current role and prepare for potential future leadership roles is seen as a critical and strategic initiative within many organizations. In today’s challenging work climate, the opportunity for your staff to access learning content and courses needs to be simple and straightforward. At the same time, corporate learning programs should encourage a sense of community and engagement and allow managers to easily access the data they need to track employee learning progress.
In years past, most companies sought to build their learning programs using a classroom-based, in-person approach. More recently, online learning, or “eLearning” has emerged as a preferred method for corporate training and workforce development.
The Benefits of eLearning for Corporate Training
eLearning refers to the use of electronic technologies (typically, the Internet) to support all types of learning and training initiatives. While eLearning is not new to the corporate world, the continued evolution of cloud-based technologies combined with increasingly remote workforces (a trend that was in place even before COVID-19) have made eLearning a preferred training approach for most businesses.
Some of the benefits of eLearning over classroom-based training include:
Convenience and Flexibility
eLearning offers employees (and instructors) a level of convenience that classroom-based training cannot match. With eLearning, your employees can conduct their learning activities at any time and from any place that is convenient for them. And the opportunity to deliver training materials using varied formats (eg video, HTML5, documents, and more) provides a great deal of flexibility in creating the learning experience.
eLearning eliminates the costliest expenses associated with classroom-based corporate training, including travel, venue fees, catering, and the printing and distribution of learning materials. And with eLearning, there is no lost productivity as employees can conduct their training after hours.
The eLearning approach eliminates the need to hire and train multiple instructors in order to meet your training needs. And it allows you to leverage and repurpose a single set of training materials across any number of online training sessions and programs.
One of the challenges of classroom-based training is in the need for each student to keep pace with the instructor. eLearning eliminates this by allowing your students to work at their own pace. They can even revisit learning materials multiple times before moving onto the next section.
Many eLearning platforms now include collaboration tools to support and enhance the learning experience. This opportunity for engagement and communication can be especially valuable for remote workforces and to support any subject matter that includes a collaborative element.
LMS Portals: Web Portal Development for eLearning
The core technology that supports all types of eLearning programs, including corporate training, is a Learning Management System, or “LMS”. An LMS is the application for building, delivering, and managing eLearning programs.
Corporate training organizations now leverage web portal development to support learning initiatives that often include:
New hire orientation and onboarding
Hard and soft skills training
Compliance awareness and training
Sales and customer service training
Workplace culture and diversity
LMS Portals provides our clients and partners with a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system. Our platform allows you to build and manage multiple private eLearning environments (portals) on-demand, from a single administrative console. LMS Portals allows for web portal development to support corporate eLearning, and each portal you launch can have its own branding, user onboarding system, collaboration and messaging tools, analytics engine, and more.