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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.

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Learning Management System- An Introduction

  1. 1. Learning Management System-101
  2. 2. What is Learning Management System? <ul><li>What it is? </li></ul><ul><li>an ERP of learning that will help to administrate the training processes </li></ul><ul><li>a tool which will help in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage and track capability building through a competency framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structuring learning through plans and curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule classrooms, manage classroom training nomination and schedule activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivering online e-learning programs, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate informal learning through wikis and blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide reporting of data and analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  3. 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. 4. Basic Features of a Learning Management System <ul><li>Collation of Training Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking Skill Gap and Performance Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Manage classroom administration </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver Online Courses with searchable Catalogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trackable (SCORM Compliant) or otherwise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Format: PPT, Text, Videos, Flash Designed multimedia modules </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create learning collaboration through Web 2.0 applications </li></ul><ul><li>Online Assessments Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate online courses, classrooms, online assessments and collaboration tools to deliver blended curriculums </li></ul><ul><li>User friendly Reporting System & MIS </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated with ERP database, e-Mail systems and Mobiles </li></ul>
  5. 5. Second Level Features of a Platform <ul><li>Basic User creation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload users through csv files / Integration with ERP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management of Roles & Authorisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place learners in groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assign courses to all learners, specific learners and newly registered learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roster processing, including wait listing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Organization Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Org Unit & Sub Org Unit Creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloging of Org Units in a tree </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Course Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Launch and track Learning Path, classroom courses, Web Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multilevel course catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full support for SCORM 1.2 (RTE-3) and SCORM 2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assessment and testing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LMS keeps track of Test results and test performing history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Display scores and transcripts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training Feedback and Other Poll or surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration Platform with Wikis and Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Fully customizable Notifications & Reports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student messaging and notifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online reports </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web-based delivery -- no plug-ins required </li></ul>Organization Management Audience Management Course Management Reports Management Authorizations Management Notifications Management
  6. 6. What can you do with an LMS? <ul><li>Manual mapping of training needs to the training programs </li></ul><ul><li>Manual tracking and administration of learning plans </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery of content mainly through classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Standard Catalog for all </li></ul><ul><li>Audience Management Based on Jobs, Roles, Functions, Departments etc </li></ul><ul><li>Assessments mainly on paper and manually corrected </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with Learners is manual </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post training feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mails & Announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Issue of Certificates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training Administration is a separate role. </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic fulfillment of training needs based on training completions </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic tracking and administration of training plans and competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery of online content through curriculums and Blended Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Catalogs for different units </li></ul><ul><li>Audience Management Based on Business Rules and AdHoc groupings </li></ul><ul><li>Assessments are online and easily deployed </li></ul><ul><li>Automated interaction with Learners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auto-mailers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certifications can be printed by learners from their computers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating collaborative learning through Wikis and blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Training Administration is reduced to an ancillary activity </li></ul>Through LMS Manual Administration
  7. 7. 3 Major Splinters of LMS in the Market <ul><li>In the current market scenario you would find three types of LMS as follows: </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized LMS : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry verticals with unique needs, such as healthcare or energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audiences with unique needs, such as the extended enterprise or compliance-heavy work environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross-over delivery methods include mobile learning </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. 3 Major Splinters of LMS in the Market
  9. 9. Critical Questions for LMS Selection <ul><li>Critical Questions that you need to ask yourself while selecting an LMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the critical drivers of learning strategy? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the major features I need in an LMS? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the critical drivers of learning in my industry/ company? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there any industry specific requirement that should be met? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are my technical capabilities to manage and LMS? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the budget I can muster up for this? </li></ul></ul>Check out the LMS Rating engine in the link given below if you are interested in evaluating an LMS
  10. 10. Quick Thought : After effects of a successful LMS <ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transfer concepts/ information of new project/ technology/ produce launches quickly and at fraction of the cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage the learning of dispersed critical population like Field Sales staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing variants of offerings for specific audiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimize the efforts in managing logistics of organizing training programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Track and monitor training effectiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase the reinforcement of learning of classroom at lower costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase the effectiveness of classroom learning through mid course corrections based on simultaneous online assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce cost of training by reducing classroom training days through track able pre-course and post course assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping track of statutory certifications and capability inventory of population </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share experiences on common knowledge repositories/ channels and create knowledge experts across organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Converting the wikis and blogs to ready reference tools that can be searched for specific information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitating coaching & mentoring processes </li></ul></ul>