What are the two primary functions of a LMS?

The Top 2 Functions of a Learning Management System

A learning management system has a number of functions and serves a variety of purposes in a corporate setting. However, an LMS has only a couple of primary functions. They include…

  • Facilitating training
  • Reducing costs of training

Reflection is an important part of learning, allowing us to process and comprehend new information, taking time to consider it in light of our experience, which helps us to create meaning and knowledge that can be applied to improve performance. In this modern world of ‘information at your fingertips’, how can your Learning Management System (LMS) help you to incorporate reflective learning in your education programs?

Professionals are always on-the-go and increasingly ‘always connected’ to work and social pursuits via the internet on their smartphones. Where once we may have used a bus journey or flight to muse over something we learned, nowadays we are more than likely interrupted by a message, newsflash, or notification, if we are not already using the smartphone to access online courses, news, or other information.

Learning management systems and peer learning continue to evolve as the ways we work and live change. You can see this in the continued evolution of microlearning, gamification and the integration of video in standard training programs. Often, though, to continue to advance in learning and development, we often need to go back to the basics.

Let’s start with a fundamental question: Who are we training? When designing an L&D program, we need to look at the who in a broader sense. Often, eLearning is thought of as an individual training practice. However, business LMS can revolve around peer learning through small group learning projects. Let’s learn more about LMS best practices in the small group environment.

Making small group learning work

There is much talk in the LMS industry about facilitating engagement, teamwork and learning across the entire workforce—no matter the geographical distribution. But this doesn’t all have to occur in grand, sweeping gestures. Small learning groups, such as team training or one-on-one mentorships, provide strong foundations for peer-to-peer learning, where employees build bonds to teach and train one another.