Before becoming a member of the Lessonly team, I worked for a software company that used Lessonly as their official learning management system. Being new to the Indy area, it was the first time I had ever heard of the company, but I have to tell you, it didn’t take long for me to notice from leaders, my peers, and myself as a learner, that it was truly something special. For the next two years, I used Lessonly as a learner before I would unknowingly become a member of the Lessonly team and get the opportunity to train others on how to use the same tool that has given me the best onboarding and continued e-learning experience in my career to date.
Prior to that position, I had jumped around from job to job post-college, where I regrettably experienced lackluster, informal, onboarding processes and nonexistent continued learning. Looking back, it’s troublesome to think about how my teammates and I learned and retained the information needed to do our jobs successfully. And for many companies today, this is still the case. But it doesn’t have to be. If you’re in the midst of searching for the best learning content management system for your business, you’ve come to the right place, my friend.
In this post, I’ll explore each component that makes up a learning content management system, which is often abbreviated to LCMS. You may be asking yourself, “What is learning content management system?” Let’s break it down together.
Learners come first
The lifeblood of any learning content management system is the end user—the learner. How those learners absorb information and ultimately perform will be directly correlated to the chosen system. So, finding a platform that truly meets your team where they’re at should be the top priority in the decision making process. Whether your L&D program is focused on customer service, sales, or company-wide training efforts, it’s important to keep the trainee in mind at all times. The learning system of any LCMS should be easy-to-use (think simple UI), engaging, and organized. When done right, users will welcome training with open arms, and even better, come back for more.
The meat of the matter
At its core, a learning content management system will allow you to write, format, schedule, and publish content to the web—all from inside the system itself. One important differentiator to note is the organization of learning materials. Content should be presented to learners in a way that is timely, relevant, up-to-date, organized, and easy to consume. You’ll want a system that can easily assign out content, and at the same time, be a place where learners will come back, on their own time and at their own pace, to ask questions (think Google-esque) and find the information needed to do their job successfully and efficiently.
An all-in-one management tool
When it comes to managing your LCMS, you’ll want something that is flexible but at its core, simple. Think about what training is comprised of like content, people, and reporting. Content should be easy to find, filter, and share with others for easy collaboration and Q&A. Users inside the system should be easy to add, organized by groups, hierarchies, and easily synced with native integrations. Reporting should allow for both granular and holistic views so admins have specific and broad understandings of overall employee engagement and satisfaction. And at a high level, ensure the system allows for various levels of permissions—giving teams the flexibility to customize roles, creating personalized and unique experiences for everyone, depending on their responsibilities.
The best of both worlds
Look for a learning content management system that prides itself on innovation, efficiency and simplicity. One that will consolidate your tech stack a bit and make your work feel more streamlined and focused. If you’re housing and organizing your training materials in a course management system (CMS) and using a learning management system (LMS) to create and manage e-learning courses for onboarding new employees and keeping current employees up-to-date with changes within your company, think about a solution that combines the best of both worlds. This will save you time and money in the long run, and ultimately enable a world-class training program for your business.
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