In 2013, Lessonly was one year old. That same year, our CEO, Max, shared what he thought the future of learning might look like in a short blog post. Here we are, six years later in 2019, living in the future he wrote about.
The Chief Learning Officer article Max drew his ideas from focuses on three emerging trends of learning: miniaturization, modularization, and mass customization. Lessonly’s training management system (TMS) blends these three Ms, and our customers are learning and growing because of it.
So, what is a training management system and how can it help a team thrive? If you google the phrase, you’ll find links to the U.S. army training network and the VA TMS. Here at Lessonly though, a training management system is software that enables businesses to learn and practice together so they can do better work and live better lives. Training should be relational and continuous, and with a TMS, that’s possible. Let’s take a look at how three M’s make training easy and effective:
Our world is all about efficiency. We work in bursts of focus. We like quick snippets of information. Generally, speed is the name of the game. Efficiency is a cultural shift and we’re right in the middle of it. It plays a major role in how we learn, relate to, and train one another.
If you had to block off time for a three-hour workshop that will walk through 174 slides, you likely wouldn’t look forward to that meeting. It’s not because you’re lazy or because you hate learning. It’s because you’re human. We learn best when information is in bite-sized pieces.
Training management software miniaturizes large quantities of material. This helps our brains process and remember important information faster. A critical part of creating content in a course management system with corporate training software is ensuring users learn at their own pace. If reps on a sales team need to learn about a new product feature so they can sell it well, they need more than an email to explain it and keep it top of mind. They need multiple exposures over multiple days. Learning comes in waves. Your visual learners might want videos. Your tactile learners may need quizzes and interactive training to retain information. Learning is gradual. Miniaturizing information keep teams learning and focused over time.
Modularization is about breaking down content and training into independent, distinct, high-value experiences. Lessonly’s modules (we call them lessons) allow Learners to go in-depth on the topics most relevant to their jobs and lives. By modularizing training, teams focus hard on what they need to know. And they don’t waste any time learning what they don’t. Lessonly’s learning management system (LMS software) allows teams to create organized and valuable content that keeps end-users in mind.
With Lessonly’s learning management system, examples of modularization are everywhere. I was assigned 40+ lessons during onboarding to be completed within the first week of my time as a llama. I had the flexibility to learn on my own time, ask questions as they arose, and test myself in the TMS when I needed extra practice.
3. Mass Customization
Personalized experiences make people know they’re valued. Custom training does the same. The article Max referenced in his blog post says it best:
“A high quality of learner engagement is perhaps the most important factor in creating a sustained change to behavior.” tweet—Sebastian Bailey, ChiefLearningOfficer.com
This sentence sums up why mass customization is such a high priority at Lessonly. We strive to engage as many learners as possible in ways specific to their needs so they can thrive in their roles. With a training management process, no one spends time learning about topics that aren’t applicable to them because the people assigning and managing the training understand the needs of their employees.
When I started working here, I used our training management system to learn how to do the specific, technical aspects of my job. I learned how to write Lessonly content and copy. I learned how to use different systems and software to do my job better. I learned all about my team from autobiography lessons they created and added to the TMS. An open-source training management system enables Learners to experience training in a way that’s personal and applicable. All of the lessons I learned from (and continue to learn from) were hand-made by my teammates. Training and practice is accessible, easy, and personal. And it’s all thanks to miniaturization, modularization, and mass customization.
Do Better Work with Lessonly’s training management software
Lessonly is powerfully simple training management software that helps teams learn, practice, and perform like never before. Teams across the world use Lessonly to build ongoing training that fuels success for sales and customer service teams. Learn more and demo Lessonly today.