4 Features To Look For In A New Learning Management System

4 Features To Look For In A New Learning Management System
Summary: Looking for a new Learning Management System? Find out what features you should look for to find the right online training software for your organization.

What Features Should I Look For In A New Learning Management System?

For many organizations, the right Learning Management System not only supports learning across a variety of modalities, it also addresses and supports different styles of learning on each of those delivery mechanisms. It should also feature easy access to user reports and testing data to see the effectiveness of the training programs. For example, many of our clients are experiencing an increased need for advanced reporting features so the ROI can be easily measured inside the Learning Management System itself. It's important to evaluate your learning plan throughout all stages of the education process. Meanwhile, they want to deliver bite-sized chunks of learning at the point of need. These small, hyper-focused learning objects can ensure all departments are working at their top efficiency with the most up to date knowledge at hand. A streamlined course load ensures time isn't wasted on unnecessary skills or material. As a continuation of a recent post on the Docebo eLearning blog, keep reading to find four more features that should be non-negotiable in any search for a new Learning Management System. You may not require these features today, but as your business grows so too will your needs.

What To Look For In A New Learning Management System

  1. It helps you measure impact and stay on top of tasks.
    Select a Learning Management System that provides accurate, automatic tracking of completion data, and robust and customizable reporting capabilities for both specific business units and cross-department groups of learners alike. This way, you’re able to gain complete visibility into how effective your training programs are while preventing learning tasks from falling through the cracks. Additional training can be evaluated and incorporated on an as-needed basis to make sure each department is running at its full capabilities. A robust Learning Management System should offer training for any stage of employment. A quick evaluation of the completion data can reveal weaknesses in the learning chain and help ensure all employees are given the training material necessary to keep them running efficiently and collaboratively across all departments.
  2. It supports informal and social learning.
    Link learners to the subject matter experts on each team in your organization to expose the knowledge that your people may never have known was available to them. Beyond simple courses and learning plans, a great Learning Management System should support both social learning - that is, learning that happens via peer interaction and coaching - and experiential learning, or learning that happens in the workflow. These real world connections don't just increase training capabilities but open new channels for collaborative engagement among departments and team members. Experiential learning will ensure the trainee can connect the digital training materials to the real world experiences in which the new skills can be utilized.
  3. Its focus is on learning as an experience.
    Never, ever compromise your user experience. If a Learning Management System delivers a poor experience, learners are unlikely to return or use your services again. A poor learning experience will likely produce poor results. If the purpose of a Learning Management System is ensuring the students are trained to their fullest potential, a poor learning experience is a particularly wasted opportunity. A learner waste their time not being engaged by boring learning material that isn't absorbed. It’s not just about usability -- it’s a matter of creating an experience that supports and engages people from the start, then nurtures them along in their journey to invite them back for more. The learning shouldn't be a chore but an opportunity for the student to grow.
  4. Last but not least, does it scale?
    Make scalability your number-one priority. Adopt a Learning Management System that supports the evolving needs of your business, and those of your country. Find a Learning Management System that comes with a flexible pricing model, so you only pay for those users who access the platform during a given billing period. As your business grows, so should your Learning Management System. Your new Learning Management System should simplify your onboarding process to help transition new hires into work-ready team members as quickly as possible.