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Category Archives: LMS & eLearning

Why Employee Training Fails, How eLearning Ensures Success

eLearning Ensures Success

Employee training has been praised as one of the best ways to bolster business success. In 2006, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) stated, “Employee learning and development is taking center stage as business leaders increasingly understand that a highly skilled, knowledgeable workforce is critical to achieving growth and success.” Little has changed since this statement was made and several thriving companies agree that effective employee training fosters achievement. But employee training has become an increasingly broad concept, especially since the advent of eLearning. Training no longer requires employees be placed in a windowless classroom for two days each year so they can become recertified in their areas of expertise. Modern training tactics replace or compliment proven classroom … Continue Reading »

What eLearning Trends will Pop, Flop and Flip in 2015?

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Standing at the onset of a new year, we wonder how the next 12 months will unfold for the eLearning industry. So much can happen in this short time. In fact, in less than one-year fads come and go. For instance, virtual worlds – which seemed to be the “next big thing” seven years ago – is virtually unheard of today, but on the horizon, gamification shows to be growing strong. Similarly, mobile learning has been forecasted to be all the rage for how many years now? Yet businesses are still reluctant to produce eLearning materials for mobile devices, says Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe’s senior eLearning evangelist. From where we stand today, all we truly know is that 2015 will … Continue Reading »

Change Your LMS. Stop Paying User Fees.

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You are looking to the future needs of your learning program. You need the right systems in place to help you train the new hires coming onboard and you need to provide training the current staff needs. You need to show more results for your learning program investment with less budget dollars available. This is no easy task. Yet, many departments responsible for the training of employees are facing this very situation. Adding more ‘seats’ will add to the costs and the time it takes to make sure everyone has a license to access the legacy learning management system (LMS) consumes too much valuable time that should be spent elsewhere. In 2014, a study was conducted by Elearning! Media Group … Continue Reading »

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 »

LMS Boosts Potential of Volunteer Nonprofits

LMS Boosts Potential of Volunteer Nonprofits

Numerous nonprofits are powered by volunteers. Oftentimes, volunteers seem like godsends to organizations that accomplish large missions on limited budgets. At the same time, volunteers create a lot of work for an organization. In fact, payroll is often impacted by the number of volunteers an organization takes on. After all, paid administrators are needed to conduct background checks, create correspondence and schedule volunteers. Ultimately, when organizations team up with volunteers, they need to be intentional about how to reap the benefits of donated time. One of the ways nonprofits are making the most out of volunteers is with learning management systems (LMSs). An LMS can streamline volunteer communication, scheduling and training. LMS for Volunteer Communication Social learning management systems are … Continue Reading »

Quick and Easy Steps to Help Launch Your LMS

Quick and Easy Steps to Launch Your LMS

If you are ready to launch your learning management system (LMS), you have probably spent months researching technology, testing software, and preparing your business for the transition. Now it is time to put your plan into action; it’s time to launch your LMS. All too often, we get caught up in the process of choosing an LMS, forgetting about the steps it takes to ensure the company-wide system has a successful launch. Before making an LMS available to your team, read these quick and easy steps to help you launch it effectively: Get To Know The System Inside And Out Your months of research may deem you an expert on learning management systems, but how well do you know the … Continue Reading »

Coworkers Communicate with Social LMS

Coworkers Communicate with Social LMS

It is common to befriend colleagues. After all, when you spend 40 hours a week together, friendship seems inevitable. This is true today, just as it was decades ago. However, the definition of friendship has changed. Now, to claim someone as a friend, he or she needs to be part of your social media networks. In fact, some question a relationship if it is not “Facebook official.” Unfortunately, some offices ban social media communication at work. This begs the question: are these businesses attempting to ban workplace camaraderie? Working well on teams and having good rapport with colleagues is important to a worthwhile career. But implementing elements of new-age friendship (i.e. focused social media communication) can be beneficial, too. Actually, … 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 »

Businesses use LMS to Balance Systems and Employees

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Employees are not cogs in machines, but they can easily feel this way. There is an unspoken truth that divides businesses of all sizes: a business organization thrives on systematic processes while its employees desire to accomplish unique and purposeful tasks. The most successful businesses seem to find middle ground between systematic requirements and employee needs. A company can reach new heights of success by praising the contributions of hard working individuals and leveraging their work as fuel for the business system. Creating a work environment that respects the organizational system and promotes efforts of employees is a high priority for many businesses. Businesses that want to protect this balance seek tools that bring focus to work objectives while also … Continue Reading »

Can eLearning Refine Teamwork for the Digital Age?

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Teamwork was a popular buzzword in the 20th century. Unfortunately, 21st century technological advancements threaten teamwork by enabling people in industrialized countries to isolate themselves physically. Today, mobile devices allow people to connect and work together even when miles apart. While teamwork is often spoken about in business environments and school settings, it looks different than it did two decades ago. In the digital age when learning and working can be social while also being independent, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of modern day teamwork. Teamwork is Quintessential to Business Success The act of working on a team has been known to expedite productivity and create high-quality business outcomes that lead to lasting results. In fact, successful event … Continue Reading »