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The future of the Learning Management System

The future of the Learning Management System: an LMS, but not as you know it

Your next Learning Management System (LMS) will probably not be an LMS as you know it today.

Instead, it will likely be part of an integrated suite of modern applications that take a learner-centric delivery path to engage deeply with the learner.

This learning platform must augment the organisation with analytics at entirely new levels. It’s
no longer OK to merely know how many people completed a course, on which date and at what level.

Today, it’s imperative that organisations can use learning to fine-tune and target their learning resources into any new direction quickly.

Learners now expect the LMS to be learner-centric.

Learning ecosystems are a cohesive group of fully integrated technologies that have a new standing in the workplace. These learning ecosystems will include:

  • LMS
  • Learning Record Store
  • API connectors
  • Experience API (xAPI) for all external and internal learning capture
  • Native mobile Apps for all device types

The real key to any learning ecosystem is the inherent flexibility that the combined technologies provide the organisation and, crucially, the individual.

Flexibility to engage in learning at a time and place that suits the learner, on the device they’re using, at any given time.

The notion that seems to apply at this point is that learning will be something you “just do” – it will fall back in the consciousness or awareness of day-to-day work processes. This should become even more appropriate as new and subtle delivery methods and techniques emerge – enabled by the integrated learning technologies approach.

New ways to collectively analyse how learning is being completed, across multiple touchpoints and events, will become more common.

If we meander through what this may all mean, one important thing strikes me – the L&D team capability must evolve.

For too long, L&D teams have lived on the periphery of an organisation, but the new world of work and learning technology has them front and centre.

What does that mean? It means L&D teams must track, analyse and report the impact they’re making regularly.

Final thoughts

If not already, then soon, learning and development will be at the core of every organisation – from the strategy and how learning is delivered, communicated and updated, to all employees being engaged in whatever form learning takes.

Analysis of learning outcomes is key to understanding whether the core strategy is correct, is understood and is being executed.

From an organisational perspective, learning should evolve around the strategy and the culture.

Author: Agylia

This article was published by Agylia on 03.12.2019. Bringing you all the latest news about the Agylia LMS, CPD, Apps, learning creation and consultancy services.

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