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5 Advantages of LMS Technology for Small Businesses

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Cloud based LMS technology is revolutionising the job-training industry. The unique advantages of LMS are quickly turning eLearning into the dominant job method for large corporations. Yet most small and mid-size businesses largely still rely on outdated, costly and time consuming in-person job training, allowing their competitors the advantage of more efficiently trained employees.

Previously cost and scaling concerns prevented smaller companies from accessing the advantages of LMS technology-based employee training. Industry advancements now allow LMS training to be done on a microscale, making eLearning technology available to even the smallest companies. Today eLearning industry leaders like Quickskills have developed ways to make LMS eLearning scalable to companies with only a few employees, enabling large and small businesses alike to benefit from the unique benefits of LMS job training technology. And indeed, there are several advantages of LMS job training technology, which traditional in-person job training cannot provide.

1. Training Courses are Time and Cost Efficient

Traditional job training requires companies to either provide supervisor-based training or expend significant financial resources for professionally created courses. Travel and venue costs are often incurred for bringing in trainers or sending out employees, making the best training resources inaccessible to all but the largest companies. As cost inefficient as traditional job training is, it’s also limited in scope.

LMS technology in contrast enables companies to use the same course to train multiple employees, either simultaneously or at different times. Training courses can be created once, then used by any number of trainees at unlimited points in time. Eliminating the need to fund the training of every new employee and the further training of current employees is a significant cost advantage for small companies. Rather than creating new courses to keep up with industry advancements and job learning requirements, previously created courses can quickly and easily be updated to remain current with industry changes. The same course can be amended any number of times to remain relevant for future trainees. Also, employers which don’t have hours to dedicate towards daily training can access the ability to offer their employees microlearning, wherein only a few minutes is spent on learning a skill or task at dedicated intervals.

2. In Depth Testing & Post-Training Resources

Due to limited training and assessment resources, in depth testing of employees is generally not possible in traditionally structured learning environments. Even where testing is available, the time and human resources allotted to in-person job training is so limited that this learning format does not enable employees to receive significant assistance from trainers when skill and knowledge gaps are detected. Despite enormous expense to the company and dedicated trainers, employees can be left with significant learning gaps, with employers largely unaware or unable to effectively solve the issue.

Accurate and in depth testing of trainees is a fundamental advantage of LMS based training. eLearning technology is the most efficient means of assessing employees skill and knowledge bases, charting and detailing employee learning advancements and receiving post-training advice on as to how knowledge and skill gaps can be closed. Assessments can be conducted before training is held, and training courses can be created based upon employee needs, as determined by assessment results. Essential job skills are developed during and after the initial training session, with employers freely able to access training modules, resources and assessment scores at their convenience.

3. Fully Equipped & Personalizable

Companies can now personalize training modules by creating their own content or integrating premade training courses into their company’s training infrastructure. The diversity and variety of job training topics are infinite, with only the minimum of human and technological resources being required to create top quality professional eLearning courses.

Modern eLearning technology is quickly rendering the job training obsolete. Cloud-based technology enables companies to utilize the LMS provider’s resources to create custom courses for a fraction of the time and cost. The LMS software platform provides all the software resources necessary to create a fully equipped and highly personalized job training experience. Employers have full control over course creation and training material content. Yet despite being highly personalised, rigorous UX and UI standards ensure the professionalism and standardisation of the training experience.

4. Convenient Virtual Training & Record Storage

Employees and trainers must be in the same place simultaneously. Job training becomes a costly and inconvenient endeavour. Small businesses are particularly affected by the inconveniences of trainee travel, work missed due to senior employees training newcomers and the burden of training/assessment record keeping. Additionally, traditional job training makes recognising the high performance of trainees difficult.

Virtual training can take place from anywhere, at any time. Employees can train from an office, at home or from other venues. Training can take place individually or in groups. Employers can be present to guide the training process or set up the training module to train employees without employer involvement. An LMS system can also be set up to issue various forms of recognition, including rewards, to employees who demonstrate high performance on training modules. Rewarding trainees makes training a highly enjoyable experience while incentivising increased trainee involvement. The record keeping process is extremely organised and simplified when LMS technology is used. All modules, other training materials, assessments and results are visible and open for employers to make use of, and trainee records are automatically retained by the eLearning system.

5. An Entertaining Way to Learn

Trainees learn best and retain the most knowledge when they are actively engaged and having fun. Lectures, even by the best presenters, can become tedious. Integrating new knowledge can be overwhelming. When learning is done via games, employees all but forget that they’re being trained, becoming absorbed in and enjoying the gaming process. Incentivising trainees with rewards for excellent performance further advances the learning process. As the job training game progresses, subsequent questions are automatically tailored to trainees level and progress, ensuring that eLearning games are at the just right level for trainees. When learning is challenging and entertaining, it becomes a rewarding process. Memorising new information and developing new skills happens naturally. And by enabling various methods of learning to be held within a single training session, boredom is prevented, as trainees advance from one variety of learning to another.

Small businesses are increasingly discovering LMS technology as the most modern and effective way of training new employees and increasing the job performance of existing team members. Whether you want to instruct newly hired employees on their job duties, improve their conflict resolution skills, instruct team members on the ins and outs of new software, teach sales skills or otherwise improve your employees’ skill sets, LMS technology enables companies of all sizes to professionally and efficiently train team members. For a fraction of the cost of traditional job training, your employees can experience enjoyable job training, while your company receives the benefit of enhanced employee performance.


Danielle Garrison

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