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What to look for in an Employee Learning Management System

Do you know what you’re looking for in an Employee Learning Management System?

The past few years have seen some important developments in Learning Management Systems (LMSs) – the latest mobile, social, microlearning and cloud-based solutions all present new features and opportunities.

But how many of them are the perfect fit for your company, your employees and, of course, your budget?

To help you find out, here are a few points to consider:

1. Your employees

Remember, your employees are the most important people here. They are much more likely to engage with an LMS if they like it, so look for a system that’s visually appealing with an attractive user interface and provides a great user experience. Then make sure it’s intuitive and easy to use.

2. Your brand

Never forget that your LMS should reflect your brand and its values. That means that, as well as having all your corporate logos, images and fonts in place, the learning content should be written and formatted in a style and tone that is in keeping with the brand.

Make sure your LMS can convey your strengths and core values to your employees.

3. Connectivity is key

It’s crucial that your new (or updated) LMS should have a modern Application Programming Interface (API) that can work with your HR, Talent, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, intranet and any other internal communications channels you may have.

If your employees can access all of these with a single-sign-on (SSO), thereby saving a lot of time when switching between systems, they will thank you for it. However, this can be a technical challenge, so be sure to ascertain whether your LMS supplier can meet it.

4. Functionality

Understandably, new cloud-based systems tend to make much more of the new technologies they employ, but that doesn’t mean the older models are automatically rendered senile! These products have evolved to be able to expertly handle a lot of your traditional needs.

You can decide whether you want one LMS to manage everything or to solely focus on the development of your organisation and employees. Tasks such as payroll and recruitment can be done outside of the LMS in other best-of-breed systems.

Time spent on thought and planning here can pay big dividends.

5. Existing learning content

If you already have an LMS to serve your employees, then it’s likely you will have a library of content (eLearning, videos, PDFs etc). With advanced in technology and new features being developed, it’s essential that your old content is still supported, usable and of value to your employees.

If you’re looking for a new LMS, load some of your existing content onto your proposed new LMS and test to see if it functions as it should.

Author: Agylia

This article was published by Agylia on 11.12.2018. Bringing you all the latest news about the Agylia LMS, CPD, Apps, learning creation and consultancy services.

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