In a recent news update of ours at myAko, we laid out what a Learning Management System, or LMS, actually is – because even in today’s world, not all organisations have sophisticated and efficient arrangements in place for administering, documenting, and delivering vital educational content.
So, let’s assume that by the time you read this, you are fairly confident as to what an LMS is. In 2023, during an era in which organisations across the sectors operate so differently to the situation just a decade or two ago, what does a genuinely leading LMS look like?
To help make that task easier, let’s introduce you to three features that you should see pop up time and time again when you are comparing the top learning management systems.
Yes, we do mean dashboards, plural. Here at myAko, for instance, we have put together learner dashboards, team dashboards, and organisation dashboards that are super intuitive, taking the user where they need to be in a few clicks.
To pick out just one of those as an example, our team dashboards are designed to give team managers a quick, at-a-glance indication of what courses team members have completed, and when. And users can filter what they see by team member and type of course, to enable them to quickly reach the information they need.
You might initially wonder, “what would event management have to do with the top learning management systems?”
Well, at least until the moment you are suddenly put in mind of all those events – both in-person and virtual – that involve you delivering crucial educational content to your teams. And those events might not currently be properly accounted for and organised elsewhere.
One of the things the best learning management system will be able to do, is give you a single place from which to manage all manner of aspects of the delivery of training to your staff.
And the event management features that are incorporated into solutions like our own – encompassing the ability to publish events, manage attendees, and set up alerts, among other things – could greatly help you keep on top of face-to-face events and eLearning alike.
While we’re on the subject of keeping on top of things, are you on top of how your team members are progressing through their essential training? And with the learning management system you have chosen, is it easy to see – at a glance – who is up to date with the courses they need to complete, and who might be falling behind (and may therefore need more help)?
These are all things that a suitably comprehensive reporting suite in your chosen LMS can help with. Our own system incorporates extensive real-time activity monitoring and reporting, as well as red, green, and amber status colour coding for that aforementioned easy “glancability” (yes, we’re trying to make “glancability” a thing).
This part of our LMS even allows for reports to be created that combine face-to-face, virtual, and eLearning courses, so that you really can keep an eye over all the educational content your organisation delivers to its employees.
We could go on and on, but we think you get the idea by now. The top learning management systems (LMS) aren’t just a list of features – they really do help make the management of training and learning content easier for your organisation’s key people, whatever industry you are in.
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