A Learning Management System (LMS) is the framework that handles all administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of eLearning training programs.
Because of their incredible offerings and importance, choosing the right LMS for your organization is paramount – And that’s when we like to introduce Absorb 5.0.
I know this is completely out of context, but when I saw the title of what this week’s blog post would be, I couldn’t help thinking of the quote “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way” … delivered of course, by the inimitable celluloid personage of Jessica Rabbit in the 1988 movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. (And if you haven’t seen it, it’s a fun one!) I draw the parallel here because it’s all about impressions. And in regards to this topic, “bad” may just mean bad for YOU… or your company… at this particular stage in your eLearning lifecycle.Read More
As another English summer draws towards a close (yes, already), cricket fans amongst you will still be revelling in another Ashes victory for the England cricket team. Having just comprehensively beaten the old enemy Australia, one area of controversy still rumbles on whilst the dust settles; DRS. The Decision Review System is a technology-based system used in cricket for the sole purpose of reviewing controversial decisions (mistakes!) made by the on-field umpires in the case of a batsman being dismissed or not. For the uninitiated, cricket is a sport steeped in tradition and history, the need for use of technology in the game is still under debate. But DRS, essentially, is designed to stop mistakes. It ensures the right decision is made, live during the event, and that the cricket system isnt failing.
Stephen Miller | 09/04/2013
Call it the LMS Wishlist, Linkedins Most wanted LMS features page or eLearning 24/7s How to buy an LMS checklist, the real problem for L&D experts searching the web for a little insight is the sheer amount of great advice out there. Thats why weve studied the most authoritative content on the web and come up with our very own definitive all-time top ten LMS features list. Heres the undisputed hotlist of features most mentioned by the most authoritative sources our best experts can find.
Adriann Haney | 04/16/2013
Inexorably, Learning Management Systems are extending their functional footprint. There has always been a grey area between training management systems and Learning Management Systems (LMS); just how much of the process of scheduling and managing classroom-based education should be incorporated into an LMS? Similarly, high-end, enterprise LMSs have increasingly added functionality traditionally associated with HR systems (such as succession planning, 360º appraisals, etc.).
Now we are seeing a trend amongst LMSs to incorporate social learning capabilities. Previous feature-creep has only risked unnecessarily over-complicating the user-interface for those clients that don’t need the extraneous functionality. However, could it be that there are compelling reasons why social learning should be explicitly excluded from an LMS?
Social learning is not only differentiated from formal learning (that is the raison d’être of an LMS) by its ad-hoc nature. A key requirement of a social learning platform is for it to support and encourage the community-based knowledge-sharing that has always occurred naturally amongst groups with shared interests. To do this effectively it must reflect the structure of those organic communities, not the formal ‘org-chart’ pinned to the HR director’s wall. And LMSs invariably do reflect the formal structure of an organisation; for resource access, reporting, messaging, etc..
Further, a social learning platform requires little of the core LMS functionality such as scoring, learning paths, enrolment management, certificate management and on and on. In short, there is little in common between the two modes of learning, at least from a systems perspective, excerpt the word “learning”.
These are just a couple of examples of why we have strong reservations about LMS vendors launching a land grab for the social learning territory. That is not to say that an LMS should not embrace social networking. Far from it. Discussion forums associated with specific courses, and the ability to schedule courses delivered using virtual classroom systems are but two examples where these tools can be used to support a richer formal learning environment. We just don’t think an LMS can serve two masters. The demands on systems to support formal and informal learning are very very different, and in many ways incompatible.