Cover image What is a learning management system?
April 18, 2022

What is a learning management system?

A learning management system gives an organisation the technology tools to put its learning strategy into practice. Implemented effectively, an LMS puts learning at the heart of a business to ensure it continuously develops a skilled, motivated and productive workforce to satisfy its current and future needs.

An LMS can manage all aspects of learning and development in an organisation, from the very first assessment a candidate completes during recruitment to continuing professional development at the most senior level.

A corporate LMS administers, delivers, tracks and reports on all training activities. It can manage e-learning delivered through desktop and mobile devices; microleaning; blended learning; and social learning. These enable employees to access learning in the workplace or wherever and whenever they want, as well as in the classroom.

The best learning management systems integrate with HR, ERP, CRM and legacy systems to make optimum use of company information, reducing administration and increasing accuracy by enabling managers across different departments to work with the same data.

The best LMSs are also compatible with widely adopted industry standards such as SCORM and TinCanAPI (or xAPI), which aim to make the creation, delivery and use of e-learning content easier.

Machine learning, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are all employed by the more advanced LMSs to analyse historical data to support talent management and succession management and to tailor content to an individual employee’s needs. They can identify weaknesses in training or in operational processes and can create, repurpose and target specific learning to remedy these.

As well as helping organisations ensure employees are productive, an LMS supports individual personal development. Career maps and learning paths help employees plan their career development and support them in the steps needed to reach their goals, while gamification motivates them to participate in learning activities enthusiastically.

Compliance management is another important LMS feature, ensuring that relevant qualifications, licences or CPD are always up to date to meet regulatory or insurance requirements.

An LMS enables an organisation to keep pace in a changing world by providing up-to-date learning that is used by managers and learners alike to improve performance.

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