There’s no question that training – and in fact all learning – has evolved dramatically in recent years. The advent of social learning has led to virtual classrooms where learners from around the world have an opportunity to participate in experiences that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
College courses, skills training, how-to guides and more can all be accessed at the click of a computer mouse. And social media has made finding and sharing this information easier than ever before.
Today, more companies are getting on board and managing their employees’ training in the same way; and this presents both opportunities and challenges for business.
The problem that many companies find when shifting to e-learning for training delivery is that their old learning management system (LMS) just isn’t designed to support this new model. Most of the old style LMS packages were intended to perform one primary function, and that was to track the training records of employees. Typically this was instructor-led classroom training, and the LMS simply tracked the completion of the course. But today’s multi-dimensional training programs require not only tracking, but skills assessment, certification programs and the ability to monitor all of the different sources of employee training.
What companies need today is a Social LMS.
The most advanced Social LMS platforms allow for management of the entire employee training program within an organization. A Social LMS is also an interactive collaboration platform that can be used to develop communities of practice within an organization. In addition, these platforms are highly flexible and customizable.
One of the best Social LMS platforms available is the award-winning TOPYX® Learning Management System. TOPYX is a cloud-based system that runs over a secure Internet connection, and provides all of the services required in today’s fast-paced learning environment. And with the shift of training toward social learning, TOPYX is the perfect platform for managing a hybrid learning environment.
So while the old style LMS platforms were good for tracking an employee’s training records, the times have changed. Employees are now learning from multiple sources and building their skills using a variety of training platforms. Companies need to keep up with all of the different ways their workforce is learning.
The best way is with an LMS that also makes use of the latest technologies and advances in social learning. Staying up to date with your workers’ training needs isn’t just a good business decision; it’s the best way for companies to thrive in this evolving learning environment.
Learn more about TOPYX and how you can receive a free LMS demonstration here.
Vice President, Business Development