A learning management system (LMS) can help you increase productivity and make your industry’s employees better at their jobs. To make sure that learners are prepared to use your LMS, follow these tips.
1. Make Sure Everyone Knows About It.
The first step in making sure that your association’s members are fully benefiting from your LMS is to ensure that everyone knows about it. So many changes happen at work that many workers will not notice the purchase of one more software solution. To ensure that everyone understands that the LMS is there to help, spread the word in an email or intranet message, in a meeting, or in daily conversations.
2. Offer Training Materials or a Test-run Course.
When you introduce your LMS to your member companies, offer them training materials or a test-run course. This content could be created by you or your provider, but it should offer a walk-through demonstration of how to use the LMS to learn and develop professionally.
3. Incentivize Use of Your LMS Through Gamification.
Everyone loves a little friendly competition. Consider using this natural penchant to engage more employees nationwide with your LMS. Instead of setting a deadline and making it feel like a burden, create a fun game through gamification features supplied by your LMS provider or based on the culture in your industry. Popular gamification tools include leaderboards, badges and thermometers.
When there are stakes involved, your industry will be more likely to put your LMS to good use.
4. Combine Online and In-person Learning.
It can be hard to stare at a screen for long periods of time during an online course, especially for learners who already work with computers. To break up this monotony, try a few of the following strategies to incorporate in-person learning alongside your online courses:
- Create opportunities for professionals to reach out to peers with similar jobs to share best practices.
- Host regional events where professionals can get together in an educational setting.
- Offer short, intensive classes on weekends for people who would rather learn everything in one day than take a multi-week course online.
One of the best strategies for ensuring that your LMS is used by your industry is to ensure that it offers multiple ways to learn. Everyone has a different learning strategy, so when their needs are met, they’re more likely to succeed.
5. Prioritize Social Learning.
Another way to ensure that your learners are fully engaged in the courses that they’re taking is to prioritize social learning, which encourages learners to:
- Build strong workplace relationships
- Share institutional and industry knowledge
- Collaborate instead of competing
Social learning, when it leverages your LMS, promotes a healthy culture and creates bonds among colleagues that they can draw on for projects.
6. Ask for Feedback.
Because the LMS is generally for your employees’ benefit, it is in your best interest to create a healthy culture of conversation with them about the LMS to determine a path forward. Some question that are worth asking, either in a one-on-one meeting or through a survey, are:
- What aspects of the courses are most effective for you? Would you prefer more or less of a certain type of activity or informational resource?
- How do you feel about the instructor? Do you have enough time to ask questions and share your thoughts?
- If you could complete a course on any topic, what would it be?
These questions allow you to determine the most successful aspects of your LMS and training strategy, as well as where you have room to improve. Listening to your community and acting on its feedback is also a great way to build good working relationships.
7. Analyze Data Trends.
Qualitative data, while crucial to making the most of your LMS, is not the only type of data that you should consider when looking at the success of incorporating learning software across your industry. Some valuable questions to ask of your data are:
- Which courses have the highest completion rates?
- Which courses have the highest abandonment rates?
- Which companies or industry sectors have the highest course completion rates?
- Which employees are scoring the highest on courses?
- Which topics do employees know the least about?
When you ask these questions, you can take steps such as working to address gaps in institutional knowledge, improving courses that aren’t user-friendly and rewarding a company for being proactive.
E-learning technology will continue to be an important tool in your training, onboarding and professional development. Making sure that your community is comfortable and engaged with the software and the content will ensure that you make the most of your LMS.