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Learning Management
Systems 2015
12 Trends To Watch
Richard Wyles, Totara
12 LMS Trends To Watch In 2015
1. Extended enterprise learning
2. More open source solutions
3. Cloud based solutions
4. S...
1. Extended Enterprise Learning
Learning is no longer just for your employees. Learning is
increasingly for resellers, par...
2. Open Source
Open source delivers software freedom. Freedom to innovate,
integrate and extend. Freedom to choose your pr...
3. Cloud Based Solutions (Open SaaS)
SaaS (software-as-a-service) can deliver reductions in set-up
costs, speed of deploym...
4. Social Learning
Get Social: There has been a dramatic growth in social learning
as learners have become more familiar w...
5. Personalisation
Getting more personal: Personalisation and adaptive learning,
continues to a key trend. Learners expect...
6. Blended Learning
Blended learning isn’t new but it’s still an untapped opportunity
for many businesses. For example, th...
7. Performance Support
It is increasingly impractical for learners to acquire large volumes
of knowledge on a just-in-case...
8. Proving Value
One of the key trends we saw in 2014 was the focus on proving
value.
“More than ever business leaders exp...
9. MOOCs for Business
In 2014 we saw the creation of massive, open, online courses by
corporate businesses. These courses ...
10. Gamification
There has been a lot of hype about gamification, however, we
are seeing game based elements being introdu...
11. Open Badges
Open Badges are challenging the primary and dominant
currency of universities and awarding bodies as the o...
12. API Integration
The old fashioned approach was to procure one single monolith
system that tried to everything. The new...
For more on LMS Trends
and best practice visit:
www.totaralms.com
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  1. 1. Learning Management Systems 2015 12 Trends To Watch Richard Wyles, Totara
  2. 2. 12 LMS Trends To Watch In 2015 1. Extended enterprise learning 2. More open source solutions 3. Cloud based solutions 4. Social learning 5. Personalised learning 6. Blended learning 7. Performance support 8. Proving value 9. MOOCs for business 10.Gamification 11.Open badges 12.API integration
  3. 3. 1. Extended Enterprise Learning Learning is no longer just for your employees. Learning is increasingly for resellers, partners and customers as part of the whole value chain. The LMS needs to be able to segregate and target audiences so that different content and programs can be made available to specific audiences. In 2015, make sure that your LMS can reach your whole audience cost effectively.
  4. 4. 2. Open Source Open source delivers software freedom. Freedom to innovate, integrate and extend. Freedom to choose your provider. Freedom to adapt. This flexibility and adaptability adds value by strongly aligning the LMS to the business specific needs. Organisations need to adapt to stay ahead. Therefore, having the freedom to adapt is critical.
  5. 5. 3. Cloud Based Solutions (Open SaaS) SaaS (software-as-a-service) can deliver reductions in set-up costs, speed of deployment and less reliance on internal teams to support platforms. The drawback is a loss of flexibility due to standardised features and potentially higher switching costs. OpenSaaS, open source software available as SaaS, gives you the same speed of deployment, support and lower up front cost benefits. However, it also provides the option to take your SaaS instance with you to another supplier or in-house. You can migrate and leverage the freedom, and control over your IT future that open source offers. Look out for an emergent trend towards OpenSaaS in 2015.
  6. 6. 4. Social Learning Get Social: There has been a dramatic growth in social learning as learners have become more familiar with social networks, and organisations have opened up access. Businesses need to provide support for informal and social learning; and to facilitate sharing and communication. In 2015, look for an LMS platforms that can support all the main forms of social learning such as collaboration, networking and sharing.
  7. 7. 5. Personalisation Getting more personal: Personalisation and adaptive learning, continues to a key trend. Learners expect an experience aligned to their needs, style, level, location and role, and takes into account prior learning. An impersonalised learning experience is also a waste of company time, if learners spend time on learning that is not directly relevant to their role. In 2015 an LMS should help you personalise through a diagnostic, role selector, and other tools to ensure a targeted experience.
  8. 8. 6. Blended Learning Blended learning isn’t new but it’s still an untapped opportunity for many businesses. For example, the recent Towards Maturity Benchmarking report noted that only 49% of L&D professionals consider themselves skilled in blended learning. The most effective learning programs are blended programs that integrate various learning interventions such as classroom sessions, webinars, self-study, coaching, assessments, and social learning. In 2015 a good LMS should help you structure your blended programmes.
  9. 9. 7. Performance Support It is increasingly impractical for learners to acquire large volumes of knowledge on a just-in-case basis. As the CG Kineo Insights Report says “People have common sense and have the skills to look things up. They don’t need to know every single detail – in fact we should question what it is they really do need to ‘know’ and what ‘skills’ they need to do their job.” In 2015 your LMS should also be an on-demand resource. It should be easy to search, accessible everywhere, and anticipate the needs of learners.
  10. 10. 8. Proving Value One of the key trends we saw in 2014 was the focus on proving value. “More than ever business leaders expect a straight line between our efforts as learning professionals and tangible commercial results.” Learning departments have to demonstrate they are making a positive impact on the business. This includes assessments that that go beyond knowledge acquisition and show performance improvement. LMS reporting should provide evidence for stakeholders and regulators.
  11. 11. 9. MOOCs for Business In 2014 we saw the creation of massive, open, online courses by corporate businesses. These courses provide a new way to engage with potential customers and partners. M&S for example are piloting a MOOC on creativity with Leeds University. In 2015 LMS solutions need to support MOOC delivery. This means a video platform, a way to upload and grade assessments, webinar integration, enrolment and completion mechanics. It also means scalability for large user volumes and not charging per user.
  12. 12. 10. Gamification There has been a lot of hype about gamification, however, we are seeing game based elements being introduced into learning. The purpose of the game should be to go beyond eliciting behaviour and move into tracking that behaviour to evidence the change that’s taken place. This is where the LMS can help to keep score. Game based elements include quizzes and leaderboards that tie into completion and activity within the LMS. Nikon and . McDonald’s have both used gaming to great effect.
  13. 13. 11. Open Badges Open Badges are challenging the primary and dominant currency of universities and awarding bodies as the only way to be accredited for competency. Open Badges provide a technically smart, web savvy, open access framework whereby any organization can offer tangible recognition to learners who demonstrate achievement in a given competency whether that be a soft or hard skill. In 2015 an LMS needs to fully support Open Badges.
  14. 14. 12. API Integration The old fashioned approach was to procure one single monolith system that tried to everything. The new approach is API integrations which allow systems to share data and provide integrated services, in the same way that you can embed a Twitter feed on any website. For example, there are plugins for Totara which integrate with Salesforce and allow a Salesforce administrator to enrol customers directly onto courses with Totara. In 2015, are you open to connecting your LMS to the rest of your business?
  15. 15. For more on LMS Trends and best practice visit: www.totaralms.com

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