A learning management system is an online training system that uses graphic and web content, e-programs and e-training courses to educate and train the employees. This system is very beneficial as it brings all the advantages of a classroom training program. It has many added benefits like consistence, reporting and tracking that a classroom training session lacks. Many companies are realizing the importance of these training programs and hence are using them to train and educate their employees by blending various teaching mechanisms and principles and optimizing the process of learning.
An online learning system provides many advantages. The greatest advantage is the flexibility of the training. Since these are always available online, an employee is not overburdened. Many a times, employees miss classroom training opportunities because of impending deadlines and very busy schedules. It is not easy to find free slot for all the employees and find the right tutor all at the same time. The online learning system manages to solve the problem. An employee can take these courses whenever they have time to spare. The training can also be done in parts, in smaller slots. The schedule of each employee can vary; hence each of them could do the course independently.
The training allows a sense of sharing between those who take the training. Online forums, wikis and blogs provide common platform for the knowledge to be shared. Employees can help each other understand the training content creating a sense of bonding which could be lacking in the classroom training program. What is more, this online training can be constantly altered as per feedback to keep it more up to date and helpful. There could be healthy discussions between employees on an ongoing basis on the wiki and online portals unlike the classrooms where time is a constant constraint. By removing this constraint, companies not only efficiently utilize the time of the employees but also maintain a healthy balance between work and training of the employee. Obviously with time the productivity of the trained employees increases, which augurs well for the firm.
The learning management system is also a big money saver. It is a way by which all of the employees could be trained by recycling the same content. Often, classroom training programs could be very expensive with the tutors, venues and logistics of managing big groups. All of that could be avoided by having appropriate e-learning courses that could be picked based upon the employees’ interest or the requirement of the job profile.
The online learning management system also takes care of the documentation and tracking of the training. It is an easy way to maintain the database for an employee and the record of all the training programs that he or she has undertaken. Besides, the scores could be tracked and the progress of the employee too. This data can be graphically presented as feedback to help the employee understand and analyze their strengths and weaknesses and take appropriate steps.