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The benefits of a learning management system go beyond the bottom line of a business spread sheet. E-learning is a powerful tool for training because it is embraced by employees who see that it ...

The benefits of a learning management system go beyond the bottom line of a business spread sheet. E-learning is a powerful tool for training because it is embraced by employees who see that it enhances their work life, especially as more people work remotely and even those in the same departments can seem isolated from each other due to travel or physical location of offices. Read this whitepaper by eLeaP to learn the top 10 ways e-learning benefits the workplace environment.

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    • How Learning Management Systems Can Enhance the Workplace Environment eLeaP™ is  a SCORM compliant training and learning management platform helping organizations quickly create and track online training and e-learning to maximize performance while minimizing costs, IT and compliance headaches. Telania LLC | eLeaPTM 173 Sears Avenue, Suite 282 Louisville, KY 40207 (877) 624-7226 • info@eleapsoftware.com • http://www.eleapsoftware.com
    • By# providing# an# online# framework# to# deliver# educational# content,# identify# learning# goals# and# track# progress,# learning# management# systems# (LMS)# benefit# a# wide# range# of# organizations,# including# educational#institutions,#non?profit#organizations#and#businesses#of#all#sizes.# # Studies#have#shown#that#e?learning#is#both#cost?effective#and#convenient,#attributes#that#have#led#to#its# quick# acceptance# by# a# variety# of# organizations.1# Training# can# be# provided# to# large# numbers# of# learners# who#can#access#courses#according#to#their#schedules.## # With#the#integration#of#a#sophisticated#learning#management#system#into#its#online#training,#a#business# can# custom# design# its# training# program# to# meet# specific# needs,# set# standards# and# timelines# for# the# learning#process,#integrate#existing#materials#into#courses#and#monitor#the#progress#and#achievements#of# individual#learners.# # The# flexibility# offered# by# the# best# learning# management# systems# and# the# opportunities# to# customize## courses# are# in# contrast# to# the# limitations# of# buying# pre?prepared# content.# Although# such# pre?prepared# corporate#training#content#may#meet#the#broad#needs#of#some#audiences,#superior#learning#management# systems#provide#the#ability#for#businesses#to#hone#in#on#exactly#what#employees#need#to#know#specific#to# their#products#and#services#to#boost#productivity#and#revenue.# # The# systemic# nature# of# learning# management# systems# makes# them# different# from# other# approaches# to# electronic#learning.#A#learning#management#system#delivers#and#manages#educational#content,#identifies# and# assesses# the# learning# and# training# goals# of# the# individual# or# organization,# tracks# progress# towards# these#goals#and#presents#data#to#guide#the#organization’s#learning#process.# # Typically,#a#learning#management#system#will#incorporate:#course#content#delivery,#student#registration# and# administration,# training# event# management,# curriculum# and# certification# management,# skills# and# competencies#management,#skills#gap#analysis,#individual#development#plans,#reporting,#training#record# management#and#the#ability#to#author#software#for#courses.#2# # The#development#of#learning#management#systems#has#taken#place#in#the#context#a#general#national#and# global#adoption#of#e?learning#–#the#digital#delivery#of#interactive#educational#material#that#is#adaptive#and# therefore#experienced#differently#by#each#learner.# # The# impacts# are# being# felt# in# workplaces# throughout# America# where,# for# the# past# three# years,# the# percentage#of#traditional,#instructor?led#training#has#been#in#a#slow#decline,#accounting#for#55#percent#of# training#hours#used#in#2012,#a#6#percent#drop#from#2010.# # During# that# same# time# technology?based# methods,# such# as# instructor?led# online,# instructor?led# remote,# and# mobile# learning# were# increasingly# being# used# in# workplaces.# As# an# example,# instructor?led# online# training#accounted#for#10#percent#of#hours#used#in#2012,#compared#to#8#percent#in#2010.#3# # 1" "
    • 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The#benefits#of#a#learning#management#system#go#beyond#the#bottom#line#of#a#business#spread#sheet.#E? learning# is# a# powerful# tool# for# training# because# it# is# embraced# by# employees# who# see# that# it# enhances# their# work# life,# especially# as# more# people# work# remotely# and# even# those# in# the# same# departments# can# seem#isolated#from#each#other#due#to#travel#or#physical#location#of#offices.#Rather#than#having#to#try#to# find# answers# on# their# own,# or# email# questions# and# hope# to# get# a# timely# response# from# a# manager,# employees#have#access#to#a#shared#community#that#can#greatly#enhance#far#more#than#their#job#skills.# # Following(are(the(top(10(ways(e3learning(can(improve(a(work(environment:( ( By(providing(an(online(community(for(shared(learning(in(the(workplace.#Transferring#information# learned# through# training# to# the# actual# job# is# one# of# the# most# important# objectives# of# any# training# program.4# By# creating# an# online# community,# learning# management# systems# offer# employees# an# opportunity#to#share#information#and#its#application#to#their#work#on#a#day?to?day#basis.# # Through(the(quick(and(efficient(creation(of(discussion(forums(and(assignments(related(to(the(real3 time( learning( needs( of( business.# Such# forums# help# support# the# sense# of# online# community# in# a# workplace#environment#where#learners#can#give#feedback#on#training#and#its#effectiveness.#This,#in#turn,# allows# managers# and# training# administrators# to# respond# immediately# and# adapt# training# according# to# feedback.# ( By( incorporating( a( variety( of( text3( and( image3based( learning( tools( to( convey( important( information.# A# training# program# is# not# successful# unless# learning# is# applied# to# the# workplace,# with# a# corresponding# positive# impact.# Learning# management# systems# allow# training# designers# to# reinforce# application#through#workplace?specific#program#design.#It#also#allows#the#incorporation#of#different#types# of#content#to#provide#the#best#learning#experience.#For#instance,#storytelling#can#be#an#effective#means#of# transferring#information.##A#study#comparing#the#same#information#in#bullet#points#versus#that#in#story# form#found#recall#was#better#when#information#was#presented#in#a#narrative.5# # E3learning(can(be(provided(in(a(hybrid(format(to(meet(the(needs(of(all(learners(in(organizational( development.##Different#learners#can#have#different#learning#styles.#A#hybrid#course#incorporates#both# face?to?face# and# online# learning.# According# to# the# University# of# Washington,# having# some# in?person# sessions# retains# a# sense# of# connection# among# learners# and# leaders.# The# University# of# Washington# also# noted#that#an#online#environment#provided#increased#technical#skills#and#greater#autonomy#towards#self? directed#learning.# 6#Another#e?learning#option#is#a#‘virtual#classroom’#in#which#trainers#and#learners#can# connect# without# being# in# the# same# physical# space.# Although# the# trainer# is# not# physically# present,# the# learner#benefits#from#the#knowledge#that#instructors#are#easy#to#access#and#will#respond#to#queries.## # By(highlighting(the(achievements(of(employees,(departments(and(the(total(organization.#Learning# management#systems#offer#organizations#a#number#of#learning#metrics#and#statistical#information#which# are#easy?to?access#for#everyone.#As#learners#progress#through#training#and#apply#it#to#their#work,#these# metrics#provide#a#positive#feedback#loop#about#both#training#activities#and#the#organization’s#success.# 2" "
    • 6. E3learning(helps(companies(notice(and(react(to(knowledge(gaps(in(real(time(so(they(can(respond( and( in( turn( assist( employees.# When# e?learning# is# interactive,# and# managers# are# participants# in# the# process,#questions#and#comments#from#learners#are#an#opportunity#for#companies#to#respond#quickly#and# to#a#large#group.# # 7. Learning( management( systems( can( integrate( skills( to( be( learned( by( employees( and( staff( in( multiple( departments( by( offering( common( core( modules( and( department( and( position3specific( modules.# Here# again,# the# ability# of# a# learning# management# system# to# allow# for# the# customization# of# content#for#a#particular#organization,#and#departments#and#positions#within#that#organization,#highlights# its#advantages#over#pre?prepared#corporate#training#content.### # 8. E3learning( is( one( of( the( fastest( ways( to( create( an( internet( savvy( and( technologically( confident( workforce(in(this(technology(era.(A#report#from#the#Waikato#Institute#of#Technology#in#New#Zealand# found#that#most#students#enjoy#the#experience#when#e?learning#applications#were#used#in#their#training.# One#of#the#reasons#was#that#they#found#the#use#of#personal#devices#and#communication#tools#such#as#the# internet,#computers,#digital#cameras#and#e?mail#enhanced#their#learning#environment.7# # 9. Managers( can( also( use( e3learning( to( help( employees( by( studying( course( metrics( to( help( serve( them(better.(Most#research#highlights#the#importance#of#manager#participation#in#achieving#results.#This# is#particularly#important#in#electronic#learning#where#a#participant#might#take#training#on#their#own#time,# without# his# or# her# manager# knowing# about# it.# An# organization# is# wise# to# provide# some# activities# to# encourage#manager#involvement#in#training,#both#before#participants#become#involved#in#a#program#and# after#completion.#8# # 10. E3learning( offers( opportunity( for( a( continuous( learning( experience.# While# traditional# training# approaches# are# often# a# one?off# event,# e?learning# allows# employees# to# learn# continuously.# This# concept# can# be# referred# to# as# the# ability# to# learn# in# time,# because# the# process# continues# on# a# daily# basis# on# a# timeline#which#is#not#defined.#Some#types#of#interactive,#self?guided#learning#allow#workers#to#learn#how# to# do# their# daily# tasks# while# they# are# actually# working.# This# allows# employers# to# monitor# worker# performance#and#enables#employees#to#do#their#work#efficiently#and#free#of#error.9# # 1#Phillips,#R,#&#Phillips,#P,#(2014)# 2#Ellis,#R,#(2009)## 3#Miller,#L#(2013)# 4#Phillips,#R,#&#Phillips,#P,#(2014)# 5#Shank,#P,#(2014)# 6#University#of#Washington#website#(n.d)# 7#Clayton,#J,#Elliott,#R.,#2008# 8#Phillips,#R,#&#Phillips,#P,#(2014)# 9#e?learning#Industry#website#(2013)# # 3" "
    • # References( Phillips,# R,# &# Phillips,# P,# (2014)# The$ Elusive$ ROI$ for$ Learning$ Through$ Technology.# Retrieved# from:# http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1343/the?elusive?roi?for?learning?through?technology# # Ellis,# R,# (2009)# A$ Field$ Guide$ to$ Learning$ Management$ Systems.# Retrieved# from:# http://www.astd.org/~/media/Files/Publications/LMS_fieldguide_20091# # Miller,#L,#(2013)#2013$State$of$the$Industry,#American#Society#for#Training#and#Development$ $ Shank,# P,# (2014),# eCLearning$ Guild$ Research:$ Karl$ Kapp$ on$ Using$ Stories.# Retrieved# from:# http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1335/elearning?guild?research?karl?kapp?on?using? stories# # University#of#Washington/Bothell#(n.d.).#Benefits$of$Hybrid$Courses.#Retrieved#from:## https://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/elearning/hybrid?learning/about?hybrid/benefits?hybrid# # Clayton,#J,#&#Elliott,#R.,#(2008)#Using$eClearning$to$build$workplace$capability:$A$Summary$of$Activities.# Retrieved#from:# http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/58308/TeLRF_Final.pdf# # Silverman,#J,#(2013)#How$Continuous$Employee$Learning$Helps$Boost$Performance.#Retrieved#from:# http://elearningindustry.com/how?continuous?employee?learning?helps?boost?performance## # # # # # # # 4" "