Do you remember what corporate training was like prior to the introduction of LMS technology? Classroom training sessions that could last from one hour up to a week a week or more. Employees crammed into a break room for a lunch and learn. Better yet, employees from different parts of the country flying to a centrally located hotel for several days to participate in training, comradery, and catered breakfasts, lunches, and group dinners. Mountains of training materials that needed to be printed, collated, bound and shipped to participants. Then consider the time that employees spent away from their work to train, and in the end, how much of this training did they even remember? I think it’s fair to say that the advent of LMS technology revolutionized corporate training and corporate training budgets.
I’d go as far to say that LMS technology changed the entire corporate training paradigm, and for the better. Granted, even today many companies provide classroom training sessions, but now those classes can be scheduled and tracked using LMS technology. Employees have on-demand access to training materials when they want them or need them as a refresher. Better yet, these training materials can be stored online; this speaks volumes in terms of environmental friendliness! LMS technology delivers a wide variety of training materials and digital assets including videos, pdf files, PowerPoint presentations, recorded webinars and even web-sourced content. Training can be easily accessed from desktop computers, tablets and even cell phones…all of this progress in corporate training thanks to LMS technology.
There’s a lot of controversy in the corporate learning space today regarding LMS technology. Some say we’ll see a steady decline in LMS technology usage and others believe that LMS technology is here to stay. We believe that LMS technology is here to stay. LMS technology will evolve over time to adapt to new learning trends and integrate with up and coming technologies, but it is here to stay, because where would we be without LMS technology?
Susan Distasio | eLearning Industry Crusader | ePath Learning, Inc.
About the Author: Susan Distasio is an eLearning Industry Crusader focused on advocating for advancement and change in the eLearning and professional development industry. An avid seeker of knowledge and continuous improvement, Susan is happy to share her research, observations and thoughts regarding “all things related to learning and development.” When she’s not out on the learning crusade, Susan can be found with the wind in her hair riding her Harley or simply enjoying life with her husband, Steve, and her Siamese cat, Elvis, and with family and friends.