The blended learning: why, when and how to implement an LMS
The recent past has seen the corporate world going viral with the blended learning lms and the implementation of a different learning management system solution. A number of companies no longer view the LMS function as an additional overhead expenditure in their fiscal budgets. Rather, companies consider the e-learning as core recipe to success and their very survival in the fast changing corporate environment.
The reason behind this cumulative change of attitudes is founded in the very reasons as to why a company would want a software solution for its staff and overall business operations. A well-orchestrated corporate LMS has been found to generate far reaching cost-related solutions making the program rather cost-effective.
A number of the reasons as well as the circumstances when a company would implement a blended learning solution, include the following:
Need to comply with regulatory requirements
Companies operating within the oil and gas industries, building and construction, pharmaceuticals and communication industries just to mention a few, are required to train their members, assess and report the same for compliance purposes. In such cases, these corporations will need a virtual learning environment to help them see this purpose through.
Increased speed of learning
Increases in the required speed of learning in the business industry will prompt a company to seek implementation of an virtual solution, or combine both (the core of the blended learning concept). Such changes are brought along with the technologies that keep emerging in the business environment and failure to meet them may mean corporate suicide.
Need for consistency of training
When a company wishes for a corporate wide consistency in its training undertakings then a corporate LMS will be a requirement. The system is usually consistent since its training delivery is centralized for the entire organization.
Already equipped with the knowledge regarding when and why you would need to implement a company LMS, the next logical concern would be the way to go about implementing one. Tha being the question, worry no more. Here is how.
Kick off your implementation phase by assembling your team. You will need a core implementation team directly responsible for a learning management system implementation tasks and for making decisions. An extended team which is activated at various levels during the implementation when more people are required to handle the workload is also required.
The purposes of an extended team transcends beyond their operational tasks on the implementation. Their involvement also gives participants valuable experience with the system before going live.
All in all, the composition of your core team should be as follows:
- A team leader who is ultimately responsible for keeping things moving toward a successful outcome
- A project manager that is in charge of all the resource assignments, tasks, subtasks, dependencies, and due dates
- An e-learning tech specialist to represent the organization’s platforms, tools, and instructional models
- You also need a training administrator responsible for representing the organization’s administration requirements
- Finally you need an IT architect to handle a range of system issues that may include hosting and installation in the event that your organization is hosting the system on-premise.
Given the above team in place, the system implementation process then involves six major stages that include planning, which is the initial stage and applies throughout the implementation process. The systems integration then comes in the third place: the set up and access to a variety of resources including the single sign-on (SSO), databases and enterprise search.
The fourth step to successfully implement a blended learning lms consist in the course and data migration. The user acceptance testing then follows fifth and finally the system goes live.
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