What does an LMS do?

You may have heard the term "Learning Management System" floating around these past few months as organizations and educational institutions are adapting the way they work and learn from home.

 

Many of us had to learn, practically overnight, how to transition our daily activities onto remote environments. We replaced coffee break conversations with Slack messages, team meetings with Zoom calls and big binders with Google Drive.

 

Many of us had to learn, practically overnight, how to transition our daily activities onto remote environments. We replaced coffee break conversations with Slack messages, team meetings with Zoom calls and big binders with Google Drive. And the organizational challenge of where to carry on delivering sales training, onboarding or classes has been increasingly solved through Learning Management Systems. So, what exactly are they?

 

In a nutshell, an LMS is a software that enables you to create, store, manage and deliver educational content to those in your organization.

 

In a nutshell, an LMS is a software that enables you to create, store, manage and deliver educational content to those in your organization. It features a “top-down” approach to learning, where the learner works at their own pace but on a set path designed by one, or several, administrators.

 

There are two main types of LMS – self-hosted and cloud-based. Self-hosted LMS require a software download, which may be a direct download from a website or the use of a physical software disc. Cloud-based LMS, which we recommend, are hosted on the cloud and enable users to access it with just a username and password.


Learning Management Systems have a wide array of uses and benefits depending on your organizational needs or objectives. Educational institutions typically use them as an online education hub, where they can access all the indispensable features for remote or blended learning, such as creating lessons, communicating with students and staff, tracking student achievement and uploading materials. Companies, on the other hand, can use an LMS to make onboarding and employee training more efficient, reduce costs, deliver important content instantly and increase accessibility.

 

There are many Learning Management Systems out there, so make sure that you are choosing yours wisely.


There are many Learning Management Systems out there, so make sure that you are choosing yours wisely. A few things to look for are affordability, built-in analytics features, an intuitive and responsive design, social cohesiveness and connection and great customer support. If you’re interested in learning more about the advantages of choosing a cloud-based LMS, the benefits of using an LMS for corporate training or a guide on how to implement your LMS, check out our blog posts!

 

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