There’s a lot to like about a learning content management system—which we’re just going to refer to as an LCMS, whether or not we’re talking about one or many. Plural or singular, let’s just agree to go with LCMS. Tagging an extra consonant onto an acronym already heavily laden with consonants just seems like overkill. Right?
If you don’t tell, I won’t. This article won’t be needlessly consonant-dense, and no one will be distracted by whether or not an “s” was supposed to be at that given place at that given time.
Learning Management System Definition
Before we know why we like it, it’s probably a pretty good idea to know what it is and what it isn’t.
An LCMS can differ from other learning platforms such as an education content management system (sometimes known as a course management system or CMS) or learning management system (LMS) in a variety of ways, but there is one key distinction to always keep in mind: an LCMS is a factory; CMS and LMS are assemblers, warehouses, and distributors.
For a workable CMS and learning management system definition, consider them platforms that store, assign, and deliver learning materials that have been created elsewhere. While seemingly not that far from an LCMS, the fact that they lack the capacity to create lessons is a critical distinction and flaw.
Even though platforms are available as a free LMS software download or open-source LMS for business, such as Forma LMS, most of those platforms lack the ability to create learning content. That missing element makes what appears to be cost-effective—indeed, free—LMS system less than it appears on the surface.
While still paying for the content to be created somewhere, LMS users give up flexibility and dexterity in the learning environment in return for what might only be an apparent saving in cost.
So now that we’ve established what it is and what it isn’t, here are five reasons why you should be using an LCMS for your training.
1. You don’t have to worry about SCORM-Compliance
This is always the best part. Anytime Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) comes up, this is invariably the reaction:
Put simply, SCORM is a paradigm for building an LMS so that it plays nice with others and what they bring to the party. It’s an excellent exercise for programmers, but as a team leader, does pondering SCORM compliance at 4:45 on Wednesday afternoon sound like something you want to be doing? You don’t have to, because….
2. Everything you need is in one place
With an LCMS like Lessonly, everything you need to conceive, create, schedule, and review training is located on one platform. If you can write an email, click a mouse, and drag and drop, then you can use our platform.
3. It feels good
No, seriously. This is how it feels to sit in a video training class when it’s not the right time and your prospects or customers are waiting.
But, think of how much better it would be if earning was easily accessible, tailored to the learner’s schedule, mobile-friendly, and interactive? You get the idea.
4. It allows you to get better
For the most part, CMS and LMS present the material, score your performance, and move you on your way. With an LCMS, however, you get to practice the skills needed to learn and actually get better. With video rehearsal and live chat practice modules incorporated into the LCMS, employees and team leaders can review performances, give and get feedback, and continually polish until the pitch is perfect.
5. You get to keep the wheel you invented
The one thing that never changes is that sooner or later things change. New products come online. Sales strategies and target markets shift. New people come onboard. When a course correction is in order, the last thing you want to do is reinvent the wheel when a simple tweak will do.
Stop going around in circles
We’ve found an easier, simpler way to do Better Work at Lessonly. It starts by teaching better and learning better. To find out more about our learning content management system, follow this link, but you don’t have to be an expert to contact us. We’ll be glad to show you around.