8 Tips To Use LMS Self-Registration Features In Online Training
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How To Use LMS Self-Registration Features In Online Training

Many LMS platforms now offer self-registration features that allow your corporate learners to enroll in your online training course quickly and conveniently. There’s no need to request permission from an admin, unless you opt for moderated enrollments. As such, employees gain greater control of the online training experience, and have the power to bridge gaps without delay. Here are 8 tips to help you use LMS self-registration features to enhance your online training program.

1. Include Self-Registration Buttons On Your Website

Employees should have ample opportunity to enroll in your online training course. As such, you need to place self-registration buttons on the LMS home page and internal company website. Use eye-catching colors and images to make the buttons pop off the page. It’s also wise to briefly highlight the benefits of the online training course. You can even include a call to action that poses a thought-provoking question to catch their attention.

2. Integrate Social Media Sign-Ups

Most employees spend a significant amount of time on social media. Whether they’re chatting with friends on Facebook or looking for quick tips on Twitter. Thus, you may want to provide self-registration links on your social media page. Better yet, groups that are dedicated to specific training topics. Those who belong to the group already fit certain criteria. For example, they’re members of your HR team who conduct interviews and enforce company policy. Thus, your latest compliance online training course is of interest to them. Some LMS platforms even allow users to sign up directly using their social media profiles. No need to create a separate user name or password. In addition, they’re able to post course progress updates and achievements directly to their social media page.

3. Gather All Pertinent Data During The Enrollment Process

You must be able to compile a complete user profile during the enrollment process. For example, the employee’s current position, department, and experience level. This data will help you track your online training initiatives more effectively and deliver targeted online training content. Thus, you should include a brief registration form after the employee clicks on that all-important “sign up now” button. It’s also a good idea to include a privacy policy, terms of use, etc. Then ask them to agree to the conditions.

4. Always Send A Confirmation Email With Relevant Links

Another important item of information to collect during the LMS self-registration process is the employee’s email address. You can then send them a welcome message that features pertinent online training course details, such as how they can access valuable online training resources and what’s expected of them. For example, do they need to achieve specific learning objectives by the end of the online training course? Emails also allow you to confirm users, which authenticates LMS self-registration.

5. Use Moderated Registrations For Exclusivity

LMS platforms generally provide 2 forms of self-registration. The first is open/free enrollment that allows anyone to join the online training course without admin approval. The second is moderated registration, which requires admin review. The LMS administrator you appoint is able to evaluate all of the self-registrants before granting them access to the online training course or denying them entry if they don’t meet the prerequisites. Moderated sign-ups are great for exclusive online training courses that are intended for targeted groups or job positions. For example, new hires in your customer service department or managers who need to renew their leadership online training certifications.

6. Create A Personalized Welcome Page

In addition to the introduction email, consider a personalized sign-up page that displays when the corporate learner first logs into the system. Ideally, it should include the employee’s name and a short but sweet summary of what they can expect from the online training course. You can also include links to online support services, such as online instructor/facilitator contact details, or an online FAQ. Be sure to incorporate branding into the sign-up page to keep it cohesive. Every element of your eLearning course design must reflect your brand image and message. That includes the LMS self-registration welcome page.

7. Include A Self-Registration Timeframe

In some cases, you may need to put a time restriction on self-registrations. For example, employees must complete the necessary online training activities by the end of the month in order to maintain compliance. Otherwise, their certifications lapse, which puts your organization at risk in the event of an audit. Make employees aware that they are able to self-enroll only before a certain deadline. After that point, they will have to contact the LMS admin directly to see if they are still eligible or to explore other options that will bring them up to speed. For instance, an accelerated version of the online training course that requires more intensive online training activities and modules.

8. Set A Learner Cap

Some Learning Management Systems allow you to set a cap on self-registrations. Therefore, you can create more inclusive online learning communities that give everyone the chance to participate. This is particularly useful for online training courses that involve social learning activities, such as online group collaboration projects or social media discussions. Every member of your team has the ability to share feedback and voice their opinions in a more private space. Thus, they are more likely to actively engage within the online learning community and exchange valuable knowledge.

Are your employees able to immediately access online training tools? LMS self-registration features empower employees to take control of their online training experience. They can quickly enroll in online training courses that suit their skill sets, performance gaps, and job duties. If they are empowered to pursue their own online training path, corporate learners are more motivated to use online training resources. As a result, your organization achieves its desired outcomes and top talents stays within the company.

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