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Using LMS to Bridge Knowledge Gaps and Conquer New Territories

By: Robin Singh

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A study conducted by the Middlesex University of Work-Based Learning shows that most employees are willing to learn, improve, and contribute to their organizations:

These numbers are startling when we consider how difficult it seems to build a productive team and to prevent turnover. The problem lies in insufficient training.

A whopping 74% of the research participants assert that lack of training is the biggest hurdle in achieving their full potential at work. That is lack of training or poor learning experiences (even though they're really one in the same).

An untrained staff lacks the dynamicism to ebb and flow with company demands. We're met with a wall when we try to tackle new challenges or overcome obstacles, and perpetual disappointment when we examine growth patterns.

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Accumulated knowledge gaps are one of the problems in this regard. Fortunately, you can successfully bridge them with an advanced LMS system.

Nailing Down Intrinstic Factors

Before we go on to discuss how LMS software helps employees with professional development, you should understand that knowledge gaps aren't the only problems hampering your progress. We can't blame everything on technological deficit (even though we can surely try).

Skills development is a little like baking a cake. We ice the cake with hard skills and a firm knowlege base, but motivations account for the raw ingredients we throw into the mixer. If the motivations are off, the cake doesn't rise and we wind up back at square-one.

Nailing Down Intrinstic Factors

Refine motivations by delivering content that empowers and ignites a fire intrinsically. An empowering learning experience imparts practical knowledge and encourages retention, leading to a meaningful application of knowledge. We are not looking for employees who execute processes for the sake of completing them, but rather for the sake of contributing to whole greater than them and giving way to an enlightened state of operational homeostatis. Not only do motivated employees learn faster but they are also much better at applying theoretical knowledge and developing new skills.

This is a good goal to strive towards, but how can you determine which of these gaps you must bridge? The most essential feature of every reliable online training software is a performance assessment module. Using this tool, operators listen to the analytics and narrow in on the pain points of their learners.

Now, let's check out how LMS Software can suture knowledge gaps within the eLearning landscape.

Statisfying the Individual Learner

Performance assessments are extremely useful in identifying problem areas on both a macro and micro level. If we see many individuals receiving the same negative evaluations, clearly the delivery is falling short. Using an LMS, we piece together many moving parts to form a hollistic view.

Once you collect the learning data, you can work towards bridging the knowledge gaps individually. This is exactly why LMS software is the most effective tool for successful online training. It offers equal learning opportunities by enabling you to personalize individual learning paths. Newsflash – everyone learns differently and we finally have technology statisfy those differences.

The moment you know which gaps you're dealing with, you can create custom-tailored eLearning courses that meet the unique requirements of each learner.

LMS software and personalized learning enable your employees not only to focus on the areas they find most problematic, but also to learn on their own terms and at their on pace. Some of them are rapid learners, while others excel at courses through interactions with other learners. Some thrive in gamified environments, while others prefer blended learning.

If you use your LMS platform to study their individual learning needs, you'll discover the most effective approaches to bridging their individual knowledge, skills, or motivation gaps.

Tapping into the Anytime and Anywhere Mentality

Another benefit of LMS software and personalized learning is that they enable anytime, anywhere accessibility. This is the cornerstone of cloud-based mobile eLearning. The best time, place, and device for learning is subjective.

Most LMS platforms include desktop-based and mobile courses alike, enabling your employees to choose the device that cultivates the highest productivity. With mobile-responsive LMS courses, the possibilities are truly endless - employees can take them via their smartphones during the lunch break or on-the-go.

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Anytime, anywhere accessibility is crucial in any corporate training because it offers chances for continual learning and development to learners with busy schedules. LMS software gives them the flexibility they require to integrate a training routine into the ebb and flow of everyday life.

Enabling Collaborative Learning

Learning is an experience, everything else is just information." –Albert Einstein

We learn from observation, and we learn more through observing different processes with the same intended outcome. In this context, the most valuable experience a learner can have comes from other people.

Social learning is another great capability of LMS platforms, a invaluable feature for coportate training. Not only does it boost motivation by nuturing collaboration between employees, but it also captures organizational know-how.

In shared learning environments, employees develop a great number of soft and hard skills through osmosis. When we supplement natural absorbtion with traditional online training, we tap into a magic formula that produces unparalleled results.

Individualized training can be lonsesome and mundane. Instead of encouraging communication, it urges employees to shut themselves away in a quite unengaging way. Thanks to social learning, your LMS courses will be far more impactful.

Boosting Learner Engagement

Ultimately, the goal of any LMS implementation, development, or integration project is enagement. When you pair personalized learning paths with the ability to take courses anytime, anywhere, and across different devices, build a rich learning environment. Add a bit of social functionality to the equation, and your employees will once again feel the need to learn, improve, and contribute to your organization.

Before you build, revisit motivation. Motivate your learners. There's a duality at play in the software development world – sustainable code and valuable content. To use an LMS to its fullest capacity, you need compelling material on the front-end.

Conclusion: Assess, Learn, and Apply

If you take away anything from this article, take away this...

Don't get tunnel-vision on the tech side. Build a support system (quality content) for your LMS to turn to when its in need.

Performance assessment should be top-priority in the long list of functionalties you should have in mind. Reports and analytics are your best friend in this process – instead of rinse, recycle, repeat, dive into your data. When you dive into your data, you get assess, learn, apply. Start tracking and analyzing the impact of online training courses on your employees, unlocking insight on company performance as a whole.

Soon enough, when you look around, you'll see bridges to crossover those gaps you've been losing productivity to.

About the Author

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Robin is a Technical Support Executive. He is an expert in various LMS and employee training software. Currently, he is a resident learning management expert at ProProfs. In his free time, Robin enjoys cycling and sky diving.

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