Recently, we’ve seen some articles floating around about why purchasing a Learning Management System (LMS) isn’t worth it – ‘it’s too fancy’, ‘it’s too expensive’, ‘it’s too complex’.
While for some training organisations this may be true at the very beginning stages of the business, most training organisations can benefit from having an LMS – including the ability to grow your business, to have better adaptability by having online training capabilities, and to meet learner expectations.
The ideal LMS allows a training organisation to deliver educational courses effectively, giving learners and trainers access to classes, learning materials, assessments, progress, certificates and more.
Let’s go through the top 6 reasons why RTOs who have an LMS are better equipped to succeed – and how to choose the right LMS for your training organisation.
Put simply, training organisations who have an LMS (integrated with an SMS) are better equipped to grow as a business than those who don’t. This is because an LMS equips RTOs with the tools to improve training and assessment capabilities. When an RTO has the ability to train and assess a larger volume of learners with a stellar system, business growth becomes easier to achieve. Streamlined admin processes, more efficient communication and no files getting lost allows you to have more time to focus on the important activities that will help your business grow.
The attractive flexible nature of blended learning for learners also means more agility for RTOs. With unexpected changes (not least the global pandemic) having a training option that is adaptable and resilient to outside forces makes all the difference between an RTO that survives, and an RTO that thrives.
One of the most important features of a good LMS is online assessments that engage learners, and that trainers/assessors appreciate using. Trainers should also be able to monitor learners’ course progress in an LMS, including seeing if learners are regularly logging in and undertaking their learning. Running these reports in the LMS will streamline the process of documentation of evidence of learner progression through online delivery.
It's a no-brainer that RTOs should create and deliver interactive training and assessment that learners find engaging. We’ve all seen the never-ending studies and conversations about reduced attention spans and ‘Zoom fatigue’. Trainers should be able to use an LMS to create highly engaging lessons, content and assessment that learners can then progress through and complete through a Learner Portal app or on the web.
Another tool trainers can take advantage of is Learning Plans. Having well structured and current, engaging resources that cater to a range of learning styles can help improve learner engagement and completion rates. Learning Plans can help achieve this by allowing trainers to schedule, order and present online course content and assessment in learning modules that guide the learner through step-by-step.
In the digital age, learners want and expect flexibility from a reputable training organisation. The features of a good LMS will provide this flexibility, alongside a great user experience for everyone.
A good LMS is definitely an investment for many RTOs, but one that can save money in the long run. The efficiency an LMS can give to your current processes in administration, communication, reporting, documentation and more means that there’s more time to focus on growing the business, taking care of your learners and being a training leader in your industry.
If the LMS is integrated with your SMS, creating a one system solution, you can unlock a seamless workflow for learners and staff. All features, including compliance, reporting, surveys, assessment and more, are all connected and stored in the same place.
An LMS can take the stress out of reporting with simple, automated compliance. RTOs should have access to key features like an NCVER integration, a trainer matrix and compliance automation, so that you can stay compliant without complaint.
Plus, the 4 principles of assessment will become easier to implement than ever. Using a good LMS to create and manage your online assessments is a sure-fire way to succeed at staying compliant and delivering engaging assessment to your learners.
With the seemingly endless list of LMSs out there, choosing the right one means there’s a lot of research and comparison to be done. However, there are some standard considerations that are good to think about when choosing an LMS. They are:
When it comes to aXcelerate, our true One System LMS/SMS solution means you can have all the features you need to grow your training business, seamlessly integrated (with the added bonus of an amazing customer support team). Save time and money while delighting your learners with aXcelerate.
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