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How to utilize Learning Management Systems effectively

by GireeshSharma

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Learning in companies and educational institutions has undergone a dramatic change. Instead of the conventional modules that were taught by teachers in classrooms or in conference rooms, one can utilize the services of learning management software. However,the success of e-learning is evaluated on the basis of the impact created on the learner, and in the realization of business objectives.

Learning Management Systems (LMS) enable the users to learn and grasp knowledge at their own pace. Software can be constantly updated as per industry requirements, such that users can constantly improve their performance levels. Not only can knowledge be updated, but it can also be distributed in a printable format.

E-learning softwares can easily be integrated to support classroom learning, making the whole process more engaging. Through the usage of
interactive applications on mobiles and the Internet, individuals can gain more knowledge, while having fun at the same time. An example of this would be word power games for students. Vocabulary is automatically enhanced, without this being realized by the students. Using such games and applications with social networking site is a common practice followed around the globe. Members can login to these site at a convenient time and play such learning games or applications.

Using games is also a method of retaining knowledge. There are companies that develop management games, which enable players to think on their feet.  During play, they devise strategies and plans to fulfill the objectives of such games. The thought process generated helps managers, or even management student to develop competitive skills for the real world.

Another distinct advantage of e-learning software is that they are not location-specific. They can be used in any part of the country or world, which means that there are no geographical boundaries. This helps to significantly reduce time and cost, and enhance learning at the same time.

Knowledge management requirements from different industries are diverse in nature. Some industries that employ web-based learning software are: Banking and Financial Services, IT & Software, Life Sciences, Education and Training, and Retail Services. Learning Management Systems are required for the administration, documentation, tracking and reporting the progress of training development programs. Modern techniques also help to develop competency based learning to discover gaps in learning, which in turn are used to devise training materials accordingly.

Choosing an appropriate LMS for one's organization is vital. The company developing e-learning software should be experienced,and also be able to provide after sales service.   

Gireesh Sharma is an author writing on Human Resource Management.His expertise includes Learning management systems,LMS and other Learning & Development matters.

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