Why You Need Online Training Software
Online Training Software
Online training software is software that companies use to create, store, deliver, and manage content for employee training. Online learning software, like Lessonly, is corporate training software that makes the logistics of learning information seamless so administrators can focus on the creation of engaging content and the retention of learners.
Lessonly is a software-as-a-service or SaaS. We believe that online learning software should be intuitive, so we make it a point to develop the most efficient elearning platform for our clients. Free online training software is easy to find, but not easy to develop and maintain. We’ll get into that a little later, but for now, know that Lessonly is a SaaS to relieve clients of the complexities of learning management systems.
Lessonly is an all-inclusive, web based training software. Within the platform, we equip administrators with components that used to be created or sold as separate entities, e.g., training authoring software, tracking components, and file compatibility all had to be purchased separately then integrated into the LMS. This makes difficult the building of online courses. Software that lacks in creation and delivery capability is not much of an elearning software to begin with.
For example, when learning management systems were invented, they came with a standard: SCORM. SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) was a messaging format that required content to be created outside of the LMS platform and formatted for SCORM so that programmers could code the content to comply with the LMS. Sound complicated? It is. It’s tedious and time consuming. Even further, because the content takes so much time to build, it is often choppy, unappealing, and recycled year after year without sufficient updating. We’re still surprised that many companies use a SCORM-compliant online classes software simply for the hesitance to switch. Switching from a SCORM-compliant LMS to Lessonly has much potential to save an abundance of resource, depending on the company size and the amount of training needed.
How eLearning Software Simplifies the Onboarding Process and Why Your Company Needs It
Employee training shouldn’t feel like a chore to anyone who directs it or goes through it. Training is an essential part of onboarding and the foundation for performance. By using an online training course software, there are many resources saved, but the most important one is time. With Lessonly, admins are shown how to develop online training courses with ease. Our online teaching software is intuitive to creators and engaging to learners. As a learner, lessons can be taken at your convenience before a due date. Lessonly is also one of few corporate training apps for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
It takes less time to create lessons. It takes less time to deliver them. It takes less time to track and innovate knowledge. The accumulated amount of time saved and information learned cuts down on onboarding time and turnover rates significantly. Also, less time spent means more money saved. Employees jump into performing faster, and therefore, companies grow and reach goals quicker than before.
“I don’t have an employee training system in place. How do I know if I need it?” There’s no clear-cut answer to that, but instead, quite a few. If you want your company to grow, — or it’s growing fast and your employees are struggling to keep up — you’ll need a great learning management system in place. This is where training software for employees comes to great use. Another example is a company that’s well-established, but has a high turnover rate. These companies tend to fall short with their corporate training system and don’t grasp how it’s related to the turnover rate. A great employee management system in combination with great content will motivate employees to learn and yield higher retention.
For example: A call center is onboarding 30 new people with the intention of only keeping 10 because of the current turnover rate. The training consists of lengthy learning sessions on-site, and there’s no way of tracking the progress of each individual. After the training session, new employees are just expected to perform at full force. This kind of impersonal training, without assistance, is what makes for high turnover. By using a software like Lessonly, the turnover rate has huge potential to dwindle.
Simply put, a great online education software platform can change so many factors within a company — as it should. Processes become more efficient, employees perform better, and common-ground communication becomes a norm, giving way to the innovation of current processes rather than problem-solving the dysfunction of current ones.
Even after onboarding, the software should be efficient so much so that it encourages ongoing training. Periodic learning helps individuals within a company keep up-to-date and excelling in their roles.
How to Develop Online Training Courses in Lessonly
We’re going to provide you with a little insight on how simple the lesson creation process really is in Lessonly’s online education software for business. Many learning management system software gives the user an overwhelming amount of online training development tools to use. This deters a person from creating great content because they become easily confused by the names and multiple uses of each tool. When we started Lessonly, we believed that, to create online training software that is valuable to the user, we must strip the traditional LMS of all its complexities without excluding the most important features and functionalities that pertain to today’s creators and learners. We wanted a more attractive interface too.
You start to organize content in Lessonly by creating a course or lesson. From there, the process is guided for you. With creating in Lessonly, you don’t have to have a certain file type (*cough, SCORM, cough*), because our software reads multiple types. Uploading rich media such as photos, videos, and GIFs is as easy as pasting a link. On top of an intuitive interface, we provide clients with the service and resources needed for training solutions.
Learners are added to Lessonly upon implementation. They can be added along the way too, but the point is that, once they’re added, you don’t have to enter their email again. You can assign courses and lessons to groups or individuals by typing their name into the search bar. Furthermore, with Lessonly’s Plus Package, roles such as manager, creator, and learner can be assigned to an individual. When assigning a manager, that manager can then be in charge of a group. For example, instead of an HR department creating and delivering all training to other departments, the director of a department can be in charge of their department’s learning. This helps with the creation of more concise, effective content and enables departments to learn from each other.
Thinking About Using an Open Source Learning Management System to Save on Cost? Think Again.
An open source learning management software is one in which the frame of the software is sold, but the development and management of the software are left for the buyer to fill in and maintain.
Open source management systems can be ideal for a contained amount of people, i.e., an exclusive group under 10 needing employee training management software. Open source, often free, LMSs are limited in features and functions, but is simple for accessing group-specific information. Open source elearning software can become a problem as the group grows. Open source LMS software comes with caveats. It doesn’t scale well without high cost involved. With an open source online courses software, engineering teams have to be on-deck to fix and develop and server space has to be purchased.
As a company, there’s a lot of initial building with an open source software. It takes a lot of foresight to get the timing appropriate for learners. Likely, companies that come to the realization that they need training, need it immediately. An open source elearning system takes a lot of foresight to build.
As a product and service provider, Lessonly takes care of the product. Clients simply use our online training software. Open source software simply does not provide users with the best administrative or learning experience. Focus gets caught up in the system itself as opposed to the purpose of the system.
Lessonly as a Distance Learning Software
When it comes to training remote workers, we’ve got you covered. Gone are the days of purchasing expensive flights for distance education. Software works with advanced communication methods to allow for efficient learning out-of-office. Like we mentioned before, Lessonly is web-based and works incredibly well on mobile devices. We believe that a big factor of retention is learning in an environment that suits the individual. Something about sitting in front of a 10-year-old monitor taking lessons with robotic audio, pixelated graphics, and debatable information just does not seem appealing to us — or anyone.
Lessonly has a few great case studies, but one that really applies to distance learning is about our friends at Birchbox. Birchbox was using GoogleDocs to train employees in a different country. They were not only using a system of unmeasurable online training, additional training consisted of flying trainees in for workshops, all while assuming the learning information was being retained. With Lessonly, they no longer needed to fly people into headquarters and training becomes trackable. As Leslie, a senior discovery specialist at Birchbox put it, “Before Lessonly, we didn’t track how well each team member was learning the material. Now, we know what topics need a deeper dive, it’s all streamlined, and there was literally no learning curve to figure it out.”
Picking the Right eLearning Software
When you’re going through the buying process for an elearning software, it’s not wise to choose the first system you find. Learning management systems are a huge purchasing decision because your company will likely be using it for a long time. We suggest looking at online training software reviews.
eLearning software reviews can present valuable information such as similar situations and free trials. There are sites like G2Crowd that are entirely dedicated to the reviews and comparisons of software. Create a list of features and functions you need in your learning software. Then, after reading around, create an online training software comparison.
Here are a few of Lessonly’s features and functions that our clients find most valuable:
- Tracking – Administrators can see who is doing what, when, and how well. Incorporating quiz questions and free response questions into lessons helps admins gauge the progress of the learner and elicit honest feedback.
- Creating – Content is built right onto the Lessonly platform. Lessonly is compatible with GoogleDocs, Powerpoint, YouTube, and other types of rich media and applications.
- Organization – Within Lessonly’s interface, administrators are intuitively guided through the organization process, i.e., when you create a lesson, you can easily add it to a course, or when you create a course, you can add a lesson to it.
- Usability – Like mentioned before, we built Lessonly to strip the traditional LMS of its complexities. With simplified usability, anyone can be a learner and anyone can be a teacher; it doesn’t take concise learning to understand our learning automation software.
- Mobility – Learners can learn on any mobile device with internet, and that’s pretty much everywhere these days. Learners should learn in an environment they flourish in, if that happens to be on the couch with commercial television buzzing in the background, so be it.
- Implementation and Integration – It doesn’t take a team to implement Lessonly. As an administrator, you simply start building content. There’s no code to fill in, or problems to fix along the way. You just let us know if you’re having any difficulties. We’re here to help. In addition to easy implementation, Lessonly integrates with human resources information systems, customer relationship management, and chat.
Great learning starts with great people. Excited to try Lessonly? We’re excited too! Try a free tour or contact us to get the ball rolling on your company’s learning experience.