Your employees must be able to access online training resources whenever the need arises, even when wi-fi isn’t an option. In this article, I’ll highlight the top 7 benefits of investing in a Learning Management System (LMS) with offline access.
Why you should invest in an LMS with offline access
Today, solutions are just a click away and people spend more time looking at screens than communicating face to face. However, even in this digital age, there are times when internet connectivity becomes a challenge. For this reason, many LMS vendors now support downloadable content and offline training resources that remove IT hurdles. Corporate learners can take the knowledge with them wherever they roam and still gain recognition from your L&D department. But what other benefits can an LMS with offline access bring to your online training programmes?
1. Improve Employee Satisfaction and Motivation
Employees are more motivated to learn when online training resources are readily available and tech-related obstacles are no longer a concern. An LMS with offline access also improves employee satisfaction by making the process more convenient and inclusive. Employees with slow internet connections and those who venture out of wi-fi range can still get the crucial online training resources they require.
2. Remote Access to Online Training Resources
There are times when your geographically dispersed employees simply aren’t able to log in to the LMS. Maybe they are on a remote sales call or preparing for a meeting at a site that doesn’t have internet connectivity. However, they still need to research the product specs and explore new sales techniques. Or even put their skills into practice with a virtual simulation that features customer personas. An LMS with offline access gives them the opportunity to receive the same training benefits as your in-house team, even if they’re hundreds of miles away from the nearest branch.
3. Eliminates Online Distractions
Technology gives people the ability to research virtually any topic at a moment’s notice. But not all online training activities are conducive to professional development. In fact, certain employees may be distracted by social media, videos or virtual games that prevent them from achieving their goals. An LMS that supports downloadable training content eliminates these distractions and helps employees focus on the task at hand. Thus, they’re able to gain more from the experience without letting Facebook posts and viral videos stand in the way.
4. Creates All-Inclusive Training Experiences
Not everyone has a lightning-speed internet connection and the latest tech gadgets. For example, employees who live in remote areas may have to deal with long loading times. Thus, they aren’t able to train on their own time to develop their talents and broaden their knowledge. An LMS with offline access helps you create an all-inclusive training environment for every member of your team, even those with older devices or slower connections.
5. Greater Convenience
Many employees are reluctant to participate in training because it’s simply inconvenient. It doesn’t fit into their schedules or it conflicts with their job obligations. For example, the scheduled training session occurs during the peak sales hour and they’re needed on the floor. Offline access allows them to train when it’s most convenient for them and their work responsibilities. They are more likely to engage with the online training content because they can focus on the learning objectives instead of having to multitask.
6. Automatically Syncs Learner Progress
An LMS with offline access still recognises training accomplishments by automatically syncing learner progress when they reconnect - through a learning record store. Thus, employees are able to receive credit for their activities and view assessment results, as well as get feedback based on their performance. For example, the system evaluates the compliance exam they completed offline and provides recommendations to help them improve.
7. Improves eLearning ROI
All these advantages improve the return on your investment (ROI) by allowing you to retain your top talent and increase engagement. Greater accessibility leads to greater ROI, since every employee can get the online training resources they need to fulfill their job requirements. They’re able to participate in online training activities remotely and steer clear of distractions, which makes it even more beneficial for your bottom line.
2 Extra tips to find an LMS that offers offline access
1. Research Online Reviews
Users who are already familiar with the system and its offline accessibility features can offer an insider’s perspective. They can tell you whether the LMS offers a superior user experience, and if it will meet the needs of your modern learners or fall short of expectations. Look for reviewers with similar use cases and training objectives, as they’re better equipped to reveal the pros and cons that are relevant to your L&D requirements. Some review sites also feature ratings that cover a broad range of product selling points, from usability to the overall customer experience.
2. Test the App
Some systems offer Apps that enable employees to access a mobile version of the system on the go. If the LMS you’re considering does offer an App, test it out to see if it’s intuitive and feature-rich. You should also be able to white-label your LMS so that it’s still consistent with your brand image. Another key feature to look for is social learning support. Can your employees upload and share their own work-related images or videos with the online learning community? Or are they limited to autonomous online training activities that might make them feel isolated or excluded?
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These are just 7 benefits that can help you make a business case for investing in a new LMS that provides offline access. It doesn’t just keep employees engaged and make ongoing development more convenient and cost-effective. Whenever, wherever access also empowers your remote workforce to build their skills on their own terms instead of worrying about tech limitations.
Want to learn more about how to create mobile-friendly eLearning courses? Read the article 8 Tips For Developing Mobile-Friendly eLearning Courses to discover the best tips for developing mobile-friendly eLearning courses that are suitable for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
A guest blog by Christopher Pappas
Christopher Pappas is the Founder of The eLearning Industry’s Network, which is the largest online community of professionals involved in the eLearning field. Christopher holds an MBA and a MEd (Learning Design) from BGSU.
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