by D. Romero | March 29, 2017 | 7 Min Read
Learning Has Changed. Has Your LMS Kept Up?
LMS Satisfaction: Lukewarm at BestAccording to Brandon Hall Group’s 2015 Learning Technology Trends survey, 85% of companies surveyed use an LMS, but “LMS satisfaction” seems to be an oxymoron:
- 38% of companies are actively looking to replace their LMS
- 31% of companies said they would not at all recommend their solution to colleagues
- 20% said they would not renew
“A system that is difficult to navigate causes frustration and can even impact the completion and effectiveness of the learning it’s supposed to be delivering.”Ranking dead last in Brandon Hall’s satisfaction survey was whether respondents thought their LMS has the ability to meet future needs. The score: a dismal 2.57 out of 5. Organizations are unsure of their LMS’s ability to satisfy future training needs. Let’s gaze into our Training Crystal Ball to determine if your organization’s LMS can handle them.
What Modern Training Looks LikeIn our modern world, learners consume high-quality content and videos daily. Bland training courses can cause an eye-rolling epidemic. To help knowledge stick, today’s learners need high-quality, modern training content that keeps them engaged. So, what does modern training look like? Take a look at ATD’s Learning Trends for the Next 5 Years for a good starting point. Learning should be adaptive, social, delivered in short bursts, immersive, and include gamification to make it – dare we say – fun. And here are the training trends our readers are watching in 2017, which compare favorably with ATD’s 5-year-outlook (we typically move a little faster than average). This is where learning is going. Stop for a minute and think about these two questions:
- Does your training content stack up?
- Can your current LMS support these trends?
Should an LMS Handle More than Just Training?Traditional LMSs only house training. Users log in, complete their training, and log out. Admins log in, analyze who’s completed their training, nag those who haven’t, and log out. Lather, rinse, repeat. If that’s all your LMS accomplishes, it’s outdated and ineffective. Today’s learners expect – and deserve – more. To step into the modern era of training, organizations need more than just a way to deliver training and track completion. They need:
All training materials in one place. A single platform to host all the content employees need to be effective in their roles ‒ training; job aids; product information, updates, promotions; etc. Put everything at their fingertips and make it easy to access.
Collaboration tools. Allow your learners to connect with one another to keep the learning going. Social learning doesn’t just make learning fun. ATD points out that social learning enables rock star employees who engage and inspire those around them to significantly widen their circle of influence – with no travel expenses.
Simplified communication. Training is not a one-sided conversation. Your learning platform should make it easy to communicate targeted, visual, and engaging updates to the frontline without sending yet another email.
Motivation and rewards. Modern employees, especially sales professionals, love a little friendly competition and being rewarded for performance. Use gamification to keep employees engaged throughout their learning journey.Imagine what would happen if people were actually engaged in their training. Imagine if everything your employees needed related to their training and job performance was in one location. Imagine if all of the above tools existed in one platform. Imagine!
We Knew There Had to Be a Better WaySo that’s why we built Spoke. With Spoke, easy access to all of these tools in one simplified, compatible platform isn’t just a figment of our collective imaginations anymore. It’s real. Folksinger and social activist Pete Seeger said it best:
“Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.”Sure, Spoke was named a topLMS in eLearning 24/7's annual Top 50LMSreport in 2015, 2016, and again in 2017. But companies using Spoke are the ones seeing real results. “Improved performance for every employee...” “It’s intuitive. Nothing is buried.” “It makes my job a lot easier.” Oh, not to mention it gets used up to 4X more than traditional learning management systems.