LMS stands for Learning Management System.
Learning, because you use it to deliver education courses or training programs.
Management because it helps you organise these courses (create them, edit them, assign them to students, grade them, etc).
System, last but not least, is just a fancy word that translates to "software".
An LMS is the "engine" that powers eLearning and in the most common form consists of two separate parts:
- A server component that performs the core functionality (creating, managing and delivering courses, authenticating users, serving data and notifications, etc)
- A user interface that runs inside your browser as a website (like Gmail or Facebook), that is used by administrators, instructors and students
With eCoach, users can fulfil all their training needs (creation, delivery and reporting) from a single LMS, reducing complexity and cost and streamlining the training process.
Who uses an LMS?
LMSs are used by anyone who is doing eLearning and that includes a lot more than just educational institutions. Some users of an LMS include:
- Businesses of all sizes, from large multinational enterprises to small and medium businesses
- Organisations, from the United Nations to your local co-op, including Non-Government Organisations and non-profits
- Government agencies and local governments
- Online and eLearning based educational institutions
- Individuals wanting to deliver courses online
What are they using an LMS for?
An LMS can be used for all kinds of learning activities but it's also an invaluable business tool, one that has been embraced by enterprises and organisations big and small. Traditional training platforms are clunky, hard to navigate, and uninspiring making for a difficult platform to create, teach, or learn with. Regardless of the scale of your eLearning need, eCoach offers ease of use compared to our competitors.
The need to train new employees or teach existing employees new skills is a constant, whether you are an insurance company, a scooter factory, a hospital or a government organisation. With an LMS you can cut down on costs and eliminate business disruptions associated with traditional learning, by letting your employees study the material online and at their own pace. With eLearning, businesses not only spend less money and effort compared to bringing in specialised instructors to give conventional seminars, but also gain better insights on their employees' progress with integrated monitoring and reporting tools.
The all-important task of onboarding a new hire can be automated and handled easily by an LMS. You still get to greet them and give them a tour around the office, but all the rest they can study at their own pace (and refer back to it, whenever they need). An onboarding course can include all the stuff nobody pays much attention to (the message from the CEO, the company's history, etc.), as well as the all-important detailing of their role and responsibilities, information about career advancement opportunities and benefits. It's also a good place to educate your new hires of your company's employee conduct code, privacy guidelines, and race/sexual harassment policies.
Training your employees is one thing, but learning from them is also important. A knowledge retention program ensures that valuable skills, techniques and information stays with your company when your employees leave or retire. It's also a good fit for an LMS platform, as you don't want this valuable information to just sit in some document management system that nobody ever checks, but to have it available at all times to train new employees or people coming from other departments.
Last, but not least, an LMS is a good fit for general educational offerings. It could be a school selling online lessons, a traditional educational institution supplementing its classroom based courses, a business educating its clients, or even a government agency or NGO helping educate the general population. In all these forms, and many more, eLearning is here to stay, to the degree that it might be the very future of learning.
So, what does an LMS do exactly?
An LMS handles the management and delivery of eLearning courses. Sn LMS lets you create eLearning content (lessons), organise it into courses, deliver the content (either internally to your business or to a wider internet audience), enrol students to said courses, and, finally, monitor and assess their performance (attendance, grades, etc.).
Gone are the days of walls of text and bleak PDFs - workplace training is becoming interactive, engaging and fun. eCoach aim to make engaging learning available to a broader market, making the LMS environment an inviting and simple platform.