Instructional Design

Discover Why More Companies are Choosing to Ditch Their LMS

Once upon a time, the learning management system (LMS) was king. It was there that L&D professionals could produce, tweak, deliver, and manage employee learning. It seemed like a perfect solution until suddenly, it wasn’t. Huge, monolithic LMSs are going the way of the dinosaur in favor of more agile programming options. But why? As it turns out, the very features that were once the LMS’s greatest strength have become its folly. If you feel like your LMS isn’t serving your organization’s needs, consider these options to decide whether or not to make the switch.

Lack of Metrics

Even the best LMS has its limitations when it comes to tracking user participation. You might be able to see who has completed the course, but that’s about it. But completion is only one piece of the employee engagement puzzle. To truly understand how users are interacting with the material, you also need to track things like proficiency, how long users are taking with each module, failure rate, success rate, and even bounce rate. A website utilizing something like Google Analytics would be more proficient in tracking the different metrics that make up an employee’s overall experience.

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Sit and Learn, Not Grab n’ Go

When all of your eLearning exists on an LMS, it’s hard for learners to have autonomy in how they learn. Say you have a learner who needs to quickly access product specs: with an LMS, she might need to click through an entire course just to grab the information she needs. What’s more, the software might require her to be sitting at her work desk in order to access the LMS, which means employees could be going into the field without the information that they need. New-school eLearning tools allow learners to choose from a variety of topics and even access the info on their mobile devices—no cubicle required.

Humans on the Cloud

The days of “set it and forget it” learning design are over. We now know that while LMSs can deliver learning efficiently, efficiency doesn’t always immediately translate to proficiency. By essentially allowing a computer to deliver, track, and meter out eLearning, the human element is completely wiped out.

Instead, more companies are looking to a cloud-based, human-centric approach. With eLearning on the cloud, it can be accessed anytime, anywhere. At the same time, administrators can track and prescribe different learning experiences based on an individual’s level of proficiency. Without the confines of an LMS, mentoring and collaboration becomes more organic, while cloud-based authoring tools make the process smoother and more user-friendly.

If your company is still using an LMS, you’ve probably just learned to deal with your frustrations in the name of what’s always been done. But software is being developed less and less, with more options and agile approaches taking center stage. What could you do without the confines of an LMS?