Since the COVID-19 pandemic pushed companies to improve their network abilities drastically, online corporate training has become the standard. Today’s learning management systems (LMS) mean employees can access training with a smart device and an internet connection. Transitioning your training to a corporate LMS might be a hefty investment, but its benefits far outweigh the costs. In fact, your business stands to save money.
Transporting and housing participants for in-person training gets expensive. However, through a corporate LMS, smart firms can direct those funds to other initiatives and even expand their learning and development offerings and requirements.
The Benefits of Corporate LMS
LMS uses a software application to plan, implement and evaluate a learning module. This lets trainers tweak the learning process according to the company’s needs. For trainees, this means better control of the learning pace.
According to the Research Institute of America, users retain between 25% and 60% of the information from LMS training. In contrast, learners using traditional methods report an average retention rate of just 9%. Other benefits of online training via corporate LMS include:
Saves Time Compared to Traditional Training
The old days of corporate training meant developing a schedule, finding a trainer and arranging travel and accommodations for participants. Moreover, everyone had to be available for training at the same time.
In contrast, corporate LMS training can happen anywhere, anytime. An employee scheduled for training will only need to connect to the office network and log in to the LMS. They can do so from their regular workspace or the comfort of their own home.
Besides those requiring group participation, trainers can make modules available for individuals at any time.
Employees Don’t Have to Sacrifice Entire Workdays
Also, during in-person corporate training events, employees had to shut their offices and fly to corporate headquarters. This meant clients and other pending matters had to wait until employees returned.
However, this seemingly cavalier attitude about duties left behind can sometimes backfire.
Corporate LMS training minimizes the need for employees to travel to receive their needed training. In addition, microlearning sessions require participants to spend a few minutes at most when learning.
Training does not impede daily activities such as serving clients and other stakeholders. This lets employees take steps to improve themselves professionally without sacrificing crucial days of work.
Participate From Any Device, Anywhere
Many companies are now implementing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies at the office. This means employees can use their smart devices, such as phones, tablets, and laptops, when conducting official business or connecting to the network. This also applies to corporate LMS training.
Since many employees are now working remotely, HR trainers now allow them to use their personal devices to log into the LMS and access training modules. Therefore, BYOD offers a convenient way for workers to continue receiving their training even without the benefit of company-issued equipment or access to training centers.
Trainers Play a Big Role in Corporate LMS
Learning management systems that allow employees to connect via company-issued equipment and their own devices provide the best training opportunities for all. However, the interconnection between the LMS and various devices will test a trainer’s capabilities to manage all connected users and maintain a safe network environment.
Take the case of online or hybrid classroom training sessions. Some sales training and product knowledge seminars require instructors to use a combination of LMS, videoconferencing and classroom management.
A typical session requires the instructor to launch the session and allows invited participants to log in and connect. It also includes sharing corporate LMS content via shared screens.
Throughout the session, the trainer engages everybody in the virtual classroom. They also share presentations, modules, documents and other files while discussing the topic.
Participants can speak up, write on the virtual whiteboard, and send back their completed forms or answer sheets.
To successfully manage this virtual classroom, the instructor should be proficient in at least three types of platforms:
- Classroom management software to manage the entire classroom
- LMS to access and share learning materials
- Videoconference software to communicate with all participants
Unfortunately, mastering one platform is difficult enough. Successfully operating all three at once is a miracle waiting to happen.
Corporate LMS Should Take an All-In-One Approach
Investing in three separate platforms for classroom management, learning management and videoconferencing can pose several problems.
For instance, it could take instructors considerable time to shuffle between platforms during sessions. A malfunction in even just one platform can affect the entire session. Plus, compatibility issues between different programs could surface at any time.
When instructors need to control the entire room, classroom management features can step in. Trainers can shut down devices from users that are disrupting the session.
In addition, instructors can lock individual devices so users can’t perform other tasks such as surfing the web, playing games, or opening social apps during training.
To reduce the pressure on the instructor, the corporate LMS should utilize an all-in-one teaching platform to manage sessions.
Instead of having instructors toggle between programs during learning sessions, they can now enjoy a smoother, continuous process. As a result, trainers can have an “over-the-shoulder” experience that gives them more control of the entire virtual classroom.
In addition, a reliable instructor platform should go beyond the videoconference experience. After all, trainees deserve more than just being thumbnails on the shared screen. An integrated platform allows trainers to engage participants one on one if needed. It lets the instructor easily share files and screens so everyone can participate.
High-Quality Corporate LMS = A Reliable Instructor Platform
Investing in high-quality corporate LMS platforms is the best way to fulfill your company’s training needs.
By bringing training online, your employees gain the skills they need without sacrificing time at work. They can also participate from anywhere, which fosters efficiency.
To maximize your investment in corporate learning tools, be sure to provide needed help for your trainers by utilizing an all-in-one solution.
Invest in worthwhile instructor platforms that simultaneously engage with participants, handle the learning management requirements and manage the entire classroom. This will allow instructors to deliver training modules.
Nadav Avni is the chief marketing officer at Radix Technologies.
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