Learning Platform: What is it and why do you need one?

Learning Platform: What is it and why do you need one?

The LMS (learning management system) or ‘learning platform’ market has been on fire in recent years. This is mainly the result of  increased adoption of eLearning and a trend of employing cloud technology to streamline the learning process. When describing a learning platform it makes sense to begin with the ‘platform’ part of the question. In technology terms, Phil Hill’s definition describes it best as: ‘A platform is any base of technologies on which other technology processes are built’. Therefore, a learning platform should have an extensive collection of tried, tested and proven tools that support the pursuit of eLearning. If you are hesitant about whether you need an LMS or not, this blog will help you to understand the benefits for your organisation.

Who uses a learning platform?

There are two types of key learning platform users:

Administrators: They are responsible for managing the LMS, which includes a combination of tasks, such as creating courses, learning plans and tracking learners’ progress.

Learners: They are on the receiving end of the learning strategy. The learners who have access to the LMS will be able to see and complete their assigned courses. They can be assigned training on an individual basis or according to their job function.

Benefits of an LMS

Centralised learning

One of the challenges that businesses face today is having their resources spread out across multiple platforms. This can make it difficult to communicate with your learners. LMSs let you store all your content in one place, reducing the risk of losing important data. With a centralised system, your company offers a cohesive approach in areas such as onboarding, collaboration and job training. Furthermore, with a cloud-based LMS, training content can be offered anytime, anywhere to learners.

Tracking and Reporting

You can enhance performance through tracking and reporting tools that are available in a learning platform. For example, if a learner is not able to successfully complete a course, you can offer them additional resources to improve their performance or learning behaviours. Most learning platforms also allow you to pinpoint areas of your eLearning course that may be lacking, as well as where it excels. If you discover that your learners are struggling through a specific lesson, you can assess the eLearning content and make modifications if necessary.

Integrates social learning experience

Social learning is one of the most effective ways humans learn. And, one of the leading approaches to incorporate social learning in your learning strategy is through an LMS. You can encourage informal learning through collaboration tools such as discussion forums, blogs and social media sharing, while allowing learners to learn from each other when the need arises.

Gamification

Gamification works by engaging learners with game principles such as points, badges and leaderboards. This makes learning feel less like a chore and in turn increases engagement and knowledge retention. Here are the benefits of having gamification elements in your LMS:

  • Better learning experience – Learners can combine the mandatory tasks with the fun part, reducing learner fatigue.
  • Better learning environment – Through the gamification elements available in your LMS you can create real life scenarios. This allows the learners to experience success and failure, without facing real life consequences.
  • Instant feedback – The feedback provided by LMS is instant allowing learners to experience the thrill at once. This may include whether they pass or fail a task, win or lose a reward or advance to a new

Conservation of time and money

The main way an LMS lowers an organisation’s costs is by reducing corporate training expense. The biggest expense for any organisation when it comes to training is travel, venues and resources. An LMS reduces all three of these – with the content shared to learners across the globe, in their own premises or workplace; and with resources all provided digitally. In addition, your LMS can save your learners time too. Learners can complete digital learning content around their working day, meaning they do not need a full-day away from their busy schedules.

In conclusion, the benefits of having an LMS are huge. Having a learning platform significantly improves learner engagement and knowledge retention. But of course, choosing the right LMS matters in the enjoyment of these benefits. If you’d like some help choosing an LMS, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.