Features of course depends on the system you are looking for in the context of the challenges and learning goals you have. There's a difference, for example, between being a growing company with 100 employees and being a larger organization - or maybe even a network of organizations in an extended enterprise. Let's dive into the features of LMS systems.
Creating learning content
Learning content is usually created in a form of content builder, where you can use different formats such as text, video, sound, or in some cases more interactive and gamified formats to build your learning modules or learning paths. Combining these formats makes learning more engaging for the learner and boosts completion rates and individual results. In this feature you may want to look for authoring tools in the learning software you're considering. An authoring tool can make it easier for you to develop learning content.
If you're looking for specific learning content for your employee training, most Learning Platforms offers the option for uploading content as SCORM files other vendors sell. Some of the best learning management systems also offers prebuilt content, such as IT security, conflict management, or sales training.
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User Management or Learner Management is a very important feature. In some LMSs you can automize actions based on learner profiles, and you can scale learning content to larger parts of the organizations based on departments, responsibilities, and job roles.
Furthermore, you can often tailor specific learning paths for, for example, onboarding of new employees or department specific paths for special system training. Moreover, you can create development plans for the learners individually and follow and boost their process.
A notification center where you can send direct messages to learners about new learning paths to complete or general messages is a key feature. Notifications can be sent in different formats such as mail or SMS and can go to multiple devices such as laptop, smartphone, and tablet.
Analytics & Reporting
A huge part of your learning and development should be following up on how your learning was received and who completed what in certain periods. An analytics and reporting tool is essential in many LMS platforms, where you can track specific learning paths and learners’ development.
Here, you can see where you should update content to another difficulty level or boost in other ways to improve content and engage learners.
Display of Awards and Certifications
It gives a certain boost to learners if they receive medals, awards, or certifications when completing learning paths. A common feature in LMS software is a display on user dashboards with their streaks, medals, and the like, and comparisons with team members, job profile, etc.
Integrations to Other Systems, Software, and Apps
Platforms for learning management are not the only platforms that HR spends time on during their workday (digital hr is only getting broader). Most often there is a need to integrate the LMS system to other systems like your intranet, work schedule planners, and more. This feature is key to get the best out of your LMS.