Challenges in Online Training and how LMS Software Companies Help in Overcome Them

Organizing an employee training program is a great way to close skill gaps. Online training programs make the execution of employee training manageable and easy. But you will still face a bunch of difficulties that might slow you down. An LMS software company can help. 

What is an LMS?

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software program or web-based platform. With its help, you can design, execute, and assess a learning experience. All sorts of businesses from small to large and even educational institutes use LMS. For tutors, it helps with effortless management and assessment and for online learners, it gives a smooth learning experience.   

Not leveraging an LMS is the first misstep in starting an online training program for your employees. An LMS can save you a good amount of money, time, and effort. It gives employees more flexibility in deciding when and where to take up the training. Providing a good eLearning experience will never be a struggle with an LMS.

Challenges in online training with solutions provided by LMS

Busy work schedule

While your employees are hardly managing work and personal life, an extra online training course can drain their energy. A demotivated employee might not gain any knowledge and that destroys the whole purpose of conducting a training program.

One of the biggest advantages of using LMS software is that employees can access it anywhere, anytime, and on any device. 58% of employees prefer self-paced learning for their training [1]. It gives them the flexibility to decide where and when to take up the training program, increasing the likelihood of them joining the program. 

Too much information

You have a lot of quality online training material but you fail to organize it. Half of it is on your hard drive and the other half is on your Google drive, computer, etc. Also only organizing the training content will not solve the problem. Giving too much information at a time might overwhelm the employees. They may not grasp anything of what is being taught. This problem occurs especially while training new employees when you expect them to grasp all the software programs the company uses and other information as soon as possible.

LMS is a great tool to bring all your online training material in one place and then organize it in the most user-friendly way. An LMS can house different types of content like videos, pdfs, images, etc. With LMS on board, you can segregate the online training content into different parts with ease. You can guide them from where they should start and how to go ahead with it. Bring variety to your training content. Use content formats like videos, infographics, and quick tests to check knowledge. Simple segregation into different topics can also help employees get a clear idea of what they are learning.

Everyone’s not on the same boat

Everyone has different levels of understanding and prior knowledge. Hence some might already know a part of it and some are still struggling to understand. Having said that you can’t keep repeating the course over and over again for some or skip for someone else.

LMS can be of great help here. You can let employees test out their prior knowledge on the training topic and then personalize the content provided to them based on their understanding of the course topic. Since it is on-demand, employees who are lagging can go through the online training content as many times as they need to, until they get a hold of it.

Unaware of the employee’s progress

When you are organizing an online training program it is very obvious that you will not know how much have they completed the program. Moreover, you won’t understand exactly where the employees are facing problems unless you take feedback.

Progress tracking is one of the many features available in LMS. You can get real-time reports on how much each employee has progressed and what are their scores so far. With learning analytics, you can even analyze their behavior. You will know exactly where the online learners are facing a problem, and make changes in the eLearning course design accordingly.

Lack of engagement

You have set up a nice online training program but you find your employees are disengaged and are not giving their best. After putting in a lot of time, money and effort you want to create employees that will take your business to the next level. But lesser engagement means lower retention.

With tools available in LMS you can make a variety of content and design fun quizzes. LMS also allows you to build online learning communities so that your employees can interact with and motivate each other throughout the training. You can even segregate the people into different groups based on their roles and the type of training they are availing. 

On top of this, you have the facility to add reminders and send push notifications to bring the online learners back to the LMS to continue with the course. Some LMSes have a gamification feature. With this, you can include leaderboards and ask them to increase their position on the leader board. You can incentivize the training program by gifting the topper of the leaderboard at the end of the training. 

Conclusion

An LMS can help your online training program run smoothly and also save time. Having an LMS software company on board will help you reduce training costs and will remove any geographical restrictions allowing employees from different places to make use of this training at the same time. LMS comes with a bunch of features like progress tracking, analytical reports, content segregation, community building, reminders, notifications, etc. With the help of these features, you can overcome all the challenges that you are currently facing in your online training program. A good LMS can solve all your online training-related problems and give you and your employees a hassle-free online training experience.

References 

[1] [Infographic] Top Learning Management System Statistics For 2020 (elearningindustry.com)

Adam Hansen