Learning Management System- An Introduction

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An introduction to Learning Management System, its features, What is available in the market and how to choose an LMS for one's organisation.

An introduction to Learning Management System, its features, What is available in the market and how to choose an LMS for one's organisation.

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  • 1. Learning Management System-101
  • 2. What is Learning Management System?
    • What it is?
    • an ERP of learning that will help to administrate the training processes
    • a tool which will help in
      • Manage and track capability building through a competency framework
      • Structuring learning through plans and curriculum
      • Schedule classrooms, manage classroom training nomination and schedule activities
      • Delivering online e-learning programs,
      • Facilitate informal learning through wikis and blogs
      • Provide reporting of data and analysis
    • But it is not a decision making tool but only an activity tracking tool. It can show what has happened, but will not be able to advise on what needs to be done.
  • 3. Learning Management System – At a glance Learning Management System Collaboration (Wikis, Blogs) Competency Management Training Needs & Calendar Classroom Administration Reports & MIS Online Courses
  • 4. Basic Features of a Learning Management System
    • Collation of Training Needs
    • Tracking Skill Gap and Performance Analysis
    • Manage classroom administration
    • Deliver Online Courses with searchable Catalogs
      • Trackable (SCORM Compliant) or otherwise
      • Format: PPT, Text, Videos, Flash Designed multimedia modules
    • Create learning collaboration through Web 2.0 applications
    • Online Assessments Administration
    • Integrate online courses, classrooms, online assessments and collaboration tools to deliver blended curriculums
    • User friendly Reporting System & MIS
    • Integrated with ERP database, e-Mail systems and Mobiles
  • 5. Second Level Features of a Platform
    • Basic User creation
      • Upload users through csv files / Integration with ERP
      • Management of Roles & Authorisations
      • Place learners in groups
      • Assign courses to all learners, specific learners and newly registered learners
      • Roster processing, including wait listing
    • Organization Management
      • Org Unit & Sub Org Unit Creation
      • Cataloging of Org Units in a tree
    • Course Management
      • Launch and track Learning Path, classroom courses, Web Courses
      • Course calendar
      • Multilevel course catalog
      • Full support for SCORM 1.2 (RTE-3) and SCORM 2004
    • Assessment and testing
      • LMS keeps track of Test results and test performing history
      • Display scores and transcripts
      • Training Feedback and Other Poll or surveys
    • Collaboration Platform with Wikis and Blogs
    • Fully customizable Notifications & Reports
      • Student messaging and notifications
      • Online reports
    • Web-based delivery -- no plug-ins required
    Organization Management Audience Management Course Management Reports Management Authorizations Management Notifications Management
  • 6. What can you do with an LMS?
    • Manual mapping of training needs to the training programs
    • Manual tracking and administration of learning plans
    • Delivery of content mainly through classrooms
    • Standard Catalog for all
    • Audience Management Based on Jobs, Roles, Functions, Departments etc
    • Assessments mainly on paper and manually corrected
    • Interaction with Learners is manual
      • Post training feedback
      • Mails & Announcements
      • Issue of Certificates
    • Training Administration is a separate role.
    • Automatic fulfillment of training needs based on training completions
    • Automatic tracking and administration of training plans and competencies
    • Delivery of online content through curriculums and Blended Learning
    • Multiple Catalogs for different units
    • Audience Management Based on Business Rules and AdHoc groupings
    • Assessments are online and easily deployed
    • Automated interaction with Learners
      • Online Feedback
      • Auto-mailers
      • Certifications can be printed by learners from their computers
    • Creating collaborative learning through Wikis and blogs
    • Training Administration is reduced to an ancillary activity
    Through LMS Manual Administration
  • 7. 3 Major Splinters of LMS in the Market
    • In the current market scenario you would find three types of LMS as follows:
    • Integrated Talent Management Suites – As talent management adoption grows, it is consuming a major portion of the LMS market, Competency Management is the focus for this category
    • Social Learning Platforms – Most of the educational sector LMS fall into this category where learning is primarily an utopian ideal. Web 2.0 applications are the focus for this category
    • Specialized LMS :
      • Industry verticals with unique needs, such as healthcare or energy
      • Audiences with unique needs, such as the extended enterprise or compliance-heavy work environments
      • Cross-over delivery methods include mobile learning
  • 8. 3 Major Splinters of LMS in the Market
  • 9. Critical Questions for LMS Selection
    • Critical Questions that you need to ask yourself while selecting an LMS
      • What are the critical drivers of learning strategy?
      • What are the major features I need in an LMS?
      • What are the critical drivers of learning in my industry/ company?
      • Is there any industry specific requirement that should be met?
      • What are my technical capabilities to manage and LMS?
      • What is the budget I can muster up for this?
    Check out the LMS Rating engine in the link given below if you are interested in evaluating an LMS http://luciferscorner.blogspot.com/2010/09/evaluation-of-lms-holy-grail-of-e.html
  • 10. Quick Thought : After effects of a successful LMS
    • Training
      • Transfer concepts/ information of new project/ technology/ produce launches quickly and at fraction of the cost
      • Manage the learning of dispersed critical population like Field Sales staff
      • Increasing variants of offerings for specific audiences
      • Minimize the efforts in managing logistics of organizing training programs
      • Track and monitor training effectiveness
      • Increase the reinforcement of learning of classroom at lower costs
      • Increase the effectiveness of classroom learning through mid course corrections based on simultaneous online assessments
      • Reduce cost of training by reducing classroom training days through track able pre-course and post course assignments
      • Keeping track of statutory certifications and capability inventory of population
    • Sharing
      • Share experiences on common knowledge repositories/ channels and create knowledge experts across organization
      • Converting the wikis and blogs to ready reference tools that can be searched for specific information
      • Facilitating coaching & mentoring processes