BenchPrep Team October 14th, 2020
How the Right LMS Can Transform Your eLearning Program
You just pulled the data from your learning management system (LMS).
The numbers are down. Your learners aren't engaged.
With the right LMS, the data will tell a different story. You'll see learners accessing content frequently to help them succeed in their workplaces. You'll have high completion rates because learners will find the content relevant. And, best of all, you'll know that your training is making a difference in your learners' lives.
If you want to transform your eLearning program, then you’ll need an LMS that increases learner engagement, encourages team collaboration, and enables data-driven curricula.
Increase Learner Engagement
Entertainment companies like Netflix and Nintendo are the masters of addictive content. How can your LMS copy entertainment companies to make the learning experience so engaging that it keeps them coming back for more?
Netflix gives users personalized recommendations based on previously consumed content. But should learners only access the content they enjoy? Probably not. Instead, learners need personalized content for their job roles.
The right LMS provides a personalized learning pathway to help learners meet their career goals. An LMS can also segment your audience. This allows you to monetize your course offerings by each customer or business.
People find games addictive. In fact, video games activate pleasure circuits in our brains. Your eLearning program can activate the same pleasure circuits by gamifying your eLearning program.
If your LMS includes baked-in gamification features, you're well on your way to transforming your eLearning program. Even better, you might be able to transform your whole organization. Gallup’s research has found that an engaged workforce increases profitability, productivity, and customer loyalty.
Encourage Team Collaboration
People in the United States spend a whopping two hours and three minutes per day on social media. Wouldn’t it be great if they spent even a fraction of that time on your LMS? They might if your LMS acted more like a social media platform.
People love sharing their lives on social media because it gives them a place to feel recognized and accepted. OGO research found 80% of Americans feel underappreciated at work and 40% would work harder if they felt more appreciated. Your LMS can be where you recognize the great work going on in your organization!
Users also post on social media to solve a problem. If you add expert moderators to your discussion boards, your LMS will give your organization’s top performers a space to share best practices with others. Plus, it’ll help you create a learning culture.
Communities of Practice
At the end of a great training session, people feel eager to implement new solutions and ideas. Sadly, the excitement drops off after a few days back at the office grind.
A virtual community of practice on your LMS will give learners the support they need to make lasting change. Learners can connect with others facing similar challenges to create innovative solutions.
🔍 Related: 4 Tips for Fostering a Learning Culture
Build a Data-Driven eLearning Program
Designing a curriculum is hard when you’re trying to balance the desires of your subject-matter expert, the needs of your learner, and still meet business goals. New courses can easily fall flat.
Use Gamification Data
If you use a microlearning product like BenchPrep Engage to push learners daily microlearning modules, you’ll discover you’re sitting on a wealth of data. It will tell you what topics your learners need refreshers on and what topics they understand easily.
Since designing online learning courses takes months, you might want some data to see if you’re going in the right direction. Simply push out a few questions to see if learners need this information or if they already understand it. These quick knowledge checks can help guide you through the course design process months before receiving feedback during the course testing phase.
Datamine Discussion Boards for New Course Topics
If learners post about problems they encounter in their daily work, then those topics offer a great jumping off point for new curricula. You can bet if some people experience this challenge, then others are having the same issue. For organizations with a global presence, discussion boards also offer a good opportunity to see if the challenges in your US office match those aboard. Then, you can modify content to personalize it for users in different parts of the world. Plus, you'll increase revenue if you give your audience what they want.
With the right LMS, you will transform your eLearning program into a digital-first training program that puts learners in the center with social learning and data-driven curricula.
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