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First Goal of Onboarding: Learn the LMS

Onboarding Learn the LMS

What is your first goal of the onboarding process? For many employees, the onboarding process is the first phase of a happy, long career. In fact, an effective onboarding program could very well affect an employee’s long-term experience with the company. More so, an effective onboarding plan benefits the company by ensuring new employees get started on the right foot. However, aside from filling out important payroll documents and enrolling in online training courses, the onboarding phase can positively influence a new hire when it emphasizes the importance of an LMS. Oftentimes, new employees are expected to go through training and begin work without learning the system on which training and correspondence takes place. For many companies, this is a … Continue Reading »

Using an LMS to Promote and Sell Products

LMS to Promote and Sell Products

Many companies add onto existing product lines by releasing new products. However, a good number of these innovations fail to boost profits. Often times, selling a wide variety of products is a desperate attempt to stay afloat. If companies truly are selling more products than in the past, how come their profits are not rising? From a consumer’s perspective, it can be hard to see that retail costs and marketing expenses take up a large amount of company earnings. Other costs like manufacturing and transportation may hit the company hard, too. Thankfully, a company has the ability to take some of these tasks in-house. As a result, they may be able to increase profits without having to constantly churn out … Continue Reading »

LMS Communication Tools Connect Vendors and Retailers

LMS Communication Tools

The saying, “two is a party; three is a crowd,” doesn’t apply to business. Third-party relationships are normal in most businesses. In fact, a company is often the “middleman” under these circumstances. This is because the company provides the buyer with a product that is supplied by its vendor. When this scenario plays out, all parties win. Unfortunately, trouble ensues if something interrupts the system. One of the biggest disturbances a retail business can face is communication issues with its vendor. It is vital that the retailer and the product distributor work well together. Throughout the years, tools have been developed to aid these relationships. However, few prior solutions beat modern day cloud-based communication systems. Actually, several companies turn to … Continue Reading »

4 Types of eLearning for the Price of 1 LMS

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Do you know your preferred learning style? Are you the type of person who can listen to a lecture and obtain information? If yes, you are probably an auditory learner. Do you need to take a pen and paper into every meeting with you? You may be a visual learner. Must you physically interact with the concepts and theories being explained to you? Touch might play an important role in how you retain information. For years, these types of learning styles—audio, visual, kinesthetic—have been accepted as the trifecta of information retention. While people have their preferences, teaching a topic with these three elements can help learners grasp new concepts. Four Types of eLearning Styles Online learning disrupts the long held … Continue Reading »

Can a Public Sector LMS Make a Difference?

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It can be said that public sector holds the key to society’s overall wellbeing. This is why local, state, and national agencies are constantly creating new legislation that can protect people and create communities that function well. In a changing world, new bills identify problems the public faces and proposes solutions. When government agrees with these realities, they pass bills and create laws that maintain order in society. This system has worked well for years, and may be aided by new technology. When considering the needs of numerous people, public sector offices need a system that can contain large amounts of information. Knowledge management systems are invaluable to public sector agencies of all sizes. Below are reasons why government offices … Continue Reading »

LMS Ensures Low Training Costs for Big Business

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It is easy to romanticize the concept of big business. After all, large institutions with global reign operate on million dollar budgets and produce wealthy executives. However, with large revenues come extensive costs. One of the greatest costs big businesses assume is training employees. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), in 2004 the average cost of training a single employee was $955 and rising. Therefore, a company that needs to train one thousand employees can anticipate spending more than one million dollars on training. Big Business Seeks Low Training Costs Many big businesses have large training budgets but still look for ways to “trim the fat.” Some find that using up-to-date technology can decrease the cost and … Continue Reading »

With An LMS, It’s Easy For Nonprofits To “Go Mobile”

Nonprofit LMS

We understand that readers of the Social Learning Blog use different technologies to access our weekly posts. Many of you consume our articles on laptops; others opt to read posts on your phones; some of you follow us from tablets. Regardless of the exact medium you use to access our blog, there is a good chance that mobile technology makes the connection possible. It seems like everyone is going mobile. More so, it seems like the transition to mobile technology happened overnight. In a short time, people adopted small, portable, handheld devices, causing businesses and organizations to quickly create mobile-friendly applications, websites, and content. Unfortunately, some organizations are finding it hard to keep up. Even though many nonprofits know how … Continue Reading »

Trainers and Learners Agree, eLearning Software is Key

Trainer Elearning Software

eLearning software will probably never replace certified trainers. At least, not entirely. The intelligent instructors who craft content, teach lessons, guide student learning paths and distribute tests that overview industry specific procedures and protocols can never be fully replaced by eLearning software. However, using eLearning platforms like learning management systems (LMSs) may help them streamline many training tasks and advance their influence. Trainers like eLearning… and Learners do too! One reason why trainers gravitate towards eLearning software rather than training in physical settings is because LMSs host collaborative learning environments and simplify many training tasks. Similarly, trainers make it possible for learners to engage and operate learning management systems, which can ultimately accelerate their learning experiences by putting state-of-the-art learning … Continue Reading »

One LMS for Speakers of Different Languages

LMS for All Languages

Business is global and workforces are becoming increasingly multicultural. Thankfully, advanced technology ensures everyone remains on the “same page.” Instant translation services are readily available. Even Google offers an excellent, free translation option. As businesses move forward, it is important to consciously incorporate Multilanguage features into all software and internal business communication platforms, like learning management systems (LMSs). Incorporating Language Localization with an LMS Learning management systems are eLearning centers that employees use to access formal training sessions as well as tools for collaboration and informal learning. Recognizing the importance of multilingual communication in business, some LMSs come standard with language localization options. To many company decision makers and administrators, language localization is (for lack of a better term) a … Continue Reading »

Using an LMS to Navigate the New Mobile World

Mobile learning

Nobody knows what the future holds but we assume it will be full of gadgets and gizmos. Can you imagine a world where the desktop computer is obsolete? This reality might not be far off. We are only one decade into the 21st century, yet smartphones have already outsold PCs and over 1 billion Internet connected devices, like tablets, were sold worldwide in 2012. All the while, PC sales have been declining. When considering this information, it doesn’t take a fortune teller to predict that mobile technology is the future. Businesses that recognize the importance of this trend are looking for ways to transfer training tools and business operations to mobile platforms. This accommodates the preferences of employees and consumers … Continue Reading »