Posts Tagged: LMS
Is it time for an LMS?
Many companies struggle with making the decision to implement an LMS. Often the benefits are understood, but the time and cost are often considered a barrier.
As organisations grow there is an increasing need for training new staff and retraining current employees which places additional strain on training departments that may already be at full capacity.
Adding e-learning into your training portfolio can seem like a daunting task, but creating resources which can be accessed by employees online without placing ongoing demands on the training department allows the training department to scale training capacity more easily.
In addition to helping with training and on-boarding an LMS can help with training administration by notifying you of expiring training and enabling you to organise suitable training to ensure ongoing compliance. Handling this automatically can really help reduce the time spent on administration by a busy training department (Jess at Explore Learning estimates that Prodeceo saves her a day per week in admin. You can read her case study here).
Save Money On Your LMS
At Prodeceo we understand two things:
- A training management system is an essential tool for helping organise and deliver organisational learning.
- Learning and Development budgets are being squeezed.
An LMS should make compliance tracking and recording easy so that you have an instanly accessible overview of your company's status. In addition by removing the administration burden of managing attendance, you are freed up to make more of your time.
We want to make these benefits available to everyone, which is why we are one of the most cost effective LMS systems on the market today. Not only that but you get access to our fanatical support team who can help you set up Prodeceo in you organisation. You don't have to take our word for it though take a look at some of our case studies here.
If you are considering changing your LMS, or are looking to save money then give us a call on 0845 900 3830 or click to send us an email.
Some of you have mentioned that you like writing feedback during an instructor led session rather than at the end.
To help with this we have added two features to the feedback page. Firstly there is now a save as draft button which means that you can leave the feedback page to add or remove an attendee part way through the day. All of you feedback will be ready to go when you come back
The second feature automatically saves your feedback every two minutes, so that if anything happens (pulling your laptop off the desk or spilling a bottle of water) your feedback won't be lost.
Autosave for feedback.
These were fantastic suggestions from our clients- if you know what you want from your LMS then please let us know!
Top 5 Things to Avoid For An LMS Launch
There are lots of things to get right when introducing a new learning management system to your organisation. In this article we present the five key things to avoid when launching a new LMS.
1: Launching quietly
You have a brand new learning management system! How are you going to tell everyone? Updating the link on the intranet will hardly set anyone's world on fire. Put up some posters near the coffee machine! Send out an email to the whole company! Hire a marching band! The last one is a little extreme but I hope you are getting the idea- your new LMS deserves to be seen.
2: Your organisation's busiest season
All organisations have busy periods. If you want your launch to have an impact choose a launch date that lets your learners take notice. This might mean that you are ready to go before the launch date, but that's not a bad thing- see points 3 and 4!
3: Releasing before testing
One of the worst things to happen would be to have a fantastic uptake from learners on the launch day, only for the system to throw up error messages. Make sure that you have tested everything from both the administrator and the learner's perspective. If you are integrating with a HR system or importing data from an external source, confirm that the integration is working as expected.
4: Releasing without content
If you have excited learners, make sure they can hit the ground running. Upload your content, schedule courses so that they can register. Give them reasons for using the software rather than logging in to a blank LMS- they'll engage more and are more likely to return!
5: Keeping the old system around
If you are replacing an existing LMS, then make sure that all references to it are removed from any training documents and intranet links. Forgetting to do this can lead to confusion for learners, which will undermine your hard work.
If you are unable to migrate your learning materials, consider rewriting them in a format suitable for the new LMS. This will avoid having to manage two different platforms.
Choosing and implementing an LMS can seem like the hard part, but all of your efforts will go to waste if you don't launch it correctly. Avoid these five common pitfalls and you'll be on the right track.
If you have logged in recently you may have noticed a change in the dashboard. We have replaced the login chart, with three separate graphs for engagement, activities and feedback.
New Dashboard Graphs
The engagement graph shows the number of learners who have logged into the system over the last 30 days. Users who have not yet logged into the system are not included in this calculation.
The activities graph shows which types of training activity have been completed in the last 30 days. This includes online courses, exams, instructor led training, assignments and external training.
This graph shows the proportion of learners leaving feedback after completing an activity.
We think that these new charts give a better overview of training activity than the previous login chart.