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Typical myths about learning management systems (LMSs)

""Learning management systems are one way to facilitate the task of online training. The effective use of a good LMS plays a huge role in maximising return on investment for a company. Therefore, companies need to understand how they can make the best of their LMS and use it to their advantage. This article is about the myths associated with LMSs.

 

The big problem is that many organisations have developed certain assumptions and myths regarding LMS that prevents them from using their LMS to the best of its capabilities or completely bars them from putting money on one. Below are a few very common myths that have come to be associated with learning management systems.  Understanding that these are just myths will allow organisations to view LMS in a new light and make the most of their LMS.

 

Myth 1: LMS is an expense

 

A very common myth and the biggest mistake companies make is viewing LMS as an expense. Although the installation and operation of an LMS does incur a cost, it should not merely be seen as a cost. You cannot ignore the value that an LMS can bring to an organisation.

 

A learning management system, in its true sense, is an investment. Firms need to understand and acknowledge the amount of returns, in terms of profitability and productivity, which they can earn in both, the short and long terms.

 

A recent study showed that 25% of workers left their jobs as they were not offered sufficient opportunities for learning and development. Having an LMS to fulfil employment training and development needs will help you retain employees and improve productivity in the long run.

 

Once an organisation realises the value of an LMS, they would willingly invest their money in a system that would effectively train employees and keep them in pace with the continuously evolving work methods.

 

Myth 2: LMS can only deliver e-learning content

 

Technology continuously evolves with time and that stands true for learning management systems as well. A few years ago, saying that LMS is only capable of delivering e-learning content would have been quite true. However, with time, the systems have gradually evolved to offer a wider range of features and capabilities to users.

 

Today, delivering e-learning content is only one of the many functions of an LMS. Advanced LMS software is now capable of conducting live classroom training, enables informal and social learning, and even deals with paid e-learning elements like compliances, certifications, etc.

 

Myth 3: You will have to buy all LMS modules

 

If you believe that effective online training requires you to purchase and utilise all modules of an LMS, you might be wrong. It is not necessary to buy and use the entire range of modules of an LMS. The modules you use must depend on your company’s training needs, the kind of knowledge you are intending to impart (like visual or text) and the type of teaching methods that you are planning to use.

 

If you have determined your online training goals and have clear objectives in your mind regarding what you need to accomplish with your LMS, it will be easier to decide which LMS modules would be useful for you.

 

Myth 4: Managing an LMS requires a lot of effort

 

Although this stands true as your IT staff will need to initially put in hours of hard work to manage an LMS, the efforts will pay off in the long run. Once an LMS is set up, it will enable you to automate a number of your training functions. It will also cut down the amount of manual hours you need to spend to train your employees. With an LMS, educating and training your employees will become more efficient and time-saving and will compensate for the effort required to manage it.

 

Myth 5: Adopting an LMS is challenging

 

Switching to a completely new system of imparting training to employees surely seems challenging, and it is, but nothing good ever comes easily. Companies looking to adopt an LMS must prepare themselves to face this challenge. They must brace themselves for the task. However, a little effort will surely go a long way.

 

Initially, it will be a little hard and may require added hours of work, but eventually, you will be able to see that the effort was worth it. An LMS will allow you to effectively train your employees, the results of which will be noticeable in the long run.

 

We hope discussing these myths will allow you to make a wiser decision regarding employee training needs.

 

This blog post was written for Klevar by guest blogger Kamy Anderson. We welcome his expertise in discussing the myths of LMSs. We are ‘platform agnostic’ when it comes to working with LMSs – we enjoy the challenge of working with clients who have existing LMSs.

 

If you don’t have an LMS, we hope this post will dispell some myths associated with purchasing an LMS.

 

A huge thank you to Kamy Anderson for guest writing this post
Kamy Anderson is an e-learning advocate who has a passion for writing on innovative and emerging technologies in the areas of corporate training and education. He has years of experience working with an advanced learning management system and e-learning authoring tools. With his background in learning pedagogy, higher education and virtual learning, Kamy is an ed-tech enthusiast who likes nothing better than to explore and write on technology and learning trends.

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