Technological innovations have a deep impact on the way modern workforce finds, shares and communicate new ideas. Training and development have extended the reach of traditional classrooms by providing personalized learning experiences. In the midst of these changes, the utilization of Learning Management Systems (LMSs) has also evolved. The need to transfer just-in-time knowledge via latest e-learning tools is reshaping the nature of learning. Consequently, it is also influencing the learning platforms that are implemented to deliver customized and engaging training courses.
Evolution of New-age LMS- The Need is Now
The new age LMS is a digital platform, considering technology has set a strong niche for training workforce in diverse industry verticals. Also, it is associated with learning, because learning brings both educator and learners on the same platform. Although the new-generation LMS comprises of a traditional component, it is no more be a single application. At the built layer, it is an alliance of IT systems, comprising of content repository, data analytics engine and a wide spectrum of digital applications.
● One prime key towards making this confederation work is the complete adherence to standards for interoperability and effective data usage.
● For LMS users, it is a cloud-based space to aggregate data which is then linked with functionality. For instance, smartphone users personalize their environments by downloading selective apps as per their needs.
● Instead of centrality, it helps to enhance the personalization feature as an option available at all levels of the program. The next-generation LMS is no more the same for any two learners, trainers or organizations.
Exploring 7 Essential Features of New-age LMS
The new-age LMS is more flexible, unlike legacy systems which were rigid in structure. It supports collaboration, boost knowledge competency and enhance dynamic learning experience. Some of the essential features of the new-age LMS are outlined here:
1. Increased Accessibility
With the availability of courses in the form of short nuggets across multiple devices has increased the accessibility without compromising with the budgets.
2. Modern UI
Icons, menus, buttons and newsfeeds are some of the examples of components that make up a modern UI (user interface). The aesthetic elegance of new-age LMS makes the platform easier to use, while maintaining an intuitive consistency to access courses on mobile devices.
3. Personalized Learning
Personalization comprises of two major aspects- first is the configuration of learning environment and second is adaptive learning. The former helps to deliver courses in the preferred language of learners and the latter provides an automated system which help learners with assignments and feedbacks on individual performances.
4. Analytics and Learning Assessment
In the context of new generation LMS, there are two basic dimensions to analytics:
● Learning Analytics- It is defined as the collection, analysis and reporting of data related to learners and their contexts, to optimize the learning experiences.
● Integrated Planning- It is defined as the capability to develop shared ownership for the success of training programs by providing employees as well as educators with holistic information to improve workplace engagement and productivity.
New-age LMS utilize both these dimensions to provide a stringent and continuous process of assessment and analysis.
5. Social and Gamification
Using new-age LMS, courses are shared over social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to increase collaboration and interest among the peers. In addition, different game-design elements including badges, rewards and points are applied to learning context to engage users.
6. Interoperability and Integration
The need to integrate learning with other systems is a significant factor why organizations switch learning technology providers. Around 77% of companies say that integration capabilities are crucial for the successful implementation of their learning technology. The most popular systems that LMS integrates with are HRIS (37%), talent management (28%) and content management (29%).
7. Extras – Video, Content Curation, AI tools and More
The new-age LMS not only embeds videos with e-courses, but also convert them into a SCORM, AICC or SCORM 1.2 course; adding special effects, making it mobile-supported and using video editor to provide optimum quality content.
Content curation on the LMS is the ability to identify the most relevant content for the target audience and contextualize it before presenting to the learners. Also, LMSs are designed in a way that learners can view and play AR/VR based content as per their preferences.
The Final Word
Modern LMS has enabled the new-age workforce to access courses which are more engaging and customized as per individual needs of. Today, learners want to be challenged and motivated enough to follow pathways for success as individuals. To maintain a competitive edge, organizations leverage the benefits of latest learning technologies to boost overall business productivity.
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