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What is a learning management system? Put simply, it’s the software application that allows you to create, house, deliver, and track your training content. LMS software may also be referred to as:

Whether it’s for educational courses, training programs or L&D programs, the LMS helps you deliver these to the right audiences and monitor progress. For example, it might be used to assign induction training courses to new employees so that progress can be tracked and learning retention assessed in a scored test.

Anyone who wants to deliver and track training with ease might want to consider using a learning management system, whether that’s a school, college, university, healthcare trust or corporate organisation.

A learning management system can be used for:

  • Compliance training

    This is probably the most common example. Compliance isn’t going away anytime soon, so a learning management system is ideal for providing a clear record of which employees have completed the necessary training (e.g. health and safety training).

  • Onboarding

    This is especially important for organisations with remote employees. A strong remote onboarding process ensures that new hires have access to induction training materials, privacy guidelines and details about the company whenever they need them.

  • Upskilling and reskilling

    Upskilling and reskilling are key focus areas for L&D today. The right LMS can help L&D assign the right training to address skills gaps and ensure the organisation is equipped with the skills it needs for the future.

  • Training sales and customer service teams

    People-facing customers need to update their knowledge regularly. Providing them with courses within a learning management system means they are always able to stay up to date on product or service updates, industry changes or communication techniques.

If your current training model is failing to deliver results, it may be time to consider the benefits of having an LMS. Some of the main advantages include:

  • Cost-saving

    Housing your training within an LMS reduces the need for different events, trainers, venues, travel arrangements and accommodation costs.

  • Flexibility

    Today’s busy learners want to consume learning at a time and place most suitable for them. A learning management system provides them with access to learning materials regardless of geographical location or other commitments.

  • Time-saving

    How much of your time is taken up with administrative duties? A learning management system keeps all your training organised and on track, removing some of the headache. Course content can also be created and updated quickly within the system.

  • Tracking results

    A learning management system allows you to measure the success of your training initiatives – whether that’s engagement metrics (e.g. user login frequency or course completion rates) or assessment results.

  • Increased knowledge retention

    A learning management system gives employees greater control over their own learning process. They have the flexibility to review past modules as required, which helps to combat the effect known as Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve.

You’ll need to consider whether you want a cloud-based LMS or self-hosted. While both options have their unique sets of benefits, you’ll need to carefully consider which one best fits your needs:

Cloud-based LMS

This is a good option for organisations that need a scalable LMS without the work and costs involved with installing and managing hardware. This is all handled by the vendor.

Self-hosted

If your organisation has network limitations or a strict architecture for the LMS, self-hosted is likely your best option to accommodate your requirements.You’ll need to ensure you have the resource and capabilities within your in-house team to manage a self-hosted solution.

However, in recent years, there’s been debate over whether the LMS has become redundant in light of the rise in personalised, adaptive delivery that’s so intrinsic to modern learning. You might have heard of the learning experience platform (LXP), which is arguably more suited to a modern learning experience than the traditional LMS. Benefits of the LXP include:

  • An open system to accommodate external resources
  • The ability for users to contribute their own content
  • Adaptive learning paths
  • Discussion spaces for collaborative learning and coaching/mentoring
  • The ability to track learning outside of formal situations (with the help of xAPI)
  • The ability to track soft skills (or ‘intangibles’)
  • The capacity for unmarked, practice assessments

This more holistic and personalised approach to learning is ideal for engaging learners beyond just the mandatory compliance training delivered by the LMS. What’s more, the focus on curation also slashes any time wasted searching through endless, which is good news for both time-poor learners and L&D practitioners alike.

Does this mean the age of the LMS really well and truly over?

Perhaps not yet. Despite the fact that modern learners are now gravitating towards a more learner-led, rather than administrator-driven learning experience, the LMS still serves a purpose in delivering compliance training, hence still enjoys widespread use. What this tells us is that while the LMS still has its place, the traditional LMS is by no means future-proof as new learning technologies continue to emerge.

The key difference between the LXP and LMS is that the LXP focuses on putting learning experience first, whereas the LMS is based upon learning management. But remember, there are times when we still need formal learning management. Compliance training isn’t going away anytime soon.

This can make deciding between the LMS and LXP extremely difficult.

But what if you didn’t have to decide? What if you could have a learning system that was build upon the foundations of the traditional learning management system but also integrated the enhanced capabilities of the LXP?.

With new, integrated learning systems, we now have real, proven solutions that are perfectly suited to modern learning. Today’s more advanced learning systems that go beyond to allow tracking of soft skills and informal learning, provide collaborative learning spaces for social learning and adaptive learning paths that can accommodate external resources.

Thinqi's smarter learning management system has all the learner experience benefits of the LXP without compromising on the formal delivery and tracking associated with the LMS. The result is that you can successfully engage learners beyond mandatory compliance training, yet are still able to measure and manage formal learning activities linked to unique organisational goals.

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