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Content isn’t just for the learning administrator to be concerned with. All stakeholders, including the CEO, should pay attention during the LMS selection process.
Off-the-shelf content works well for generic topics, however there are also times when custom content created by subject matter experts (SME) is the only option.
These internal experts can be in various offices, departments, states or countries. But, regardless, they must be able to create content and upload it quickly into an LMS for learning to happen. The system must also accept a wide variety of formats that should be incorporated into training as well - e.g., PowerPoint, Word documents, PDFs and videos.
Unfortunately, there are some roadblocks.
The first being the inability for multiple people to work on the same document. If this happens, lots of versions get created and when it comes time to upload into an LMS there is no way to tell if it’s the right one. Regarding compliance, there just isn’t room for these types of mistakes. So, not only is the business at risk of fines, but also faces time lost because courses must be reissued.
While it’s important, and necessary, to have multiple SMEs working together, it can also be a perfect example of ‘too many cooks in the kitchen.’ Nobody wants to go in circles trying to simply get final sign-off. This is what happens when there are disjointed processes and workflows.
And lastly, getting content into an LMS can be a huge obstacle. So, if this happens, you can kiss getting anything uploaded quickly goodbye.
Employees are a major contributor to the growth of a business. Many industries are struggling with a growing skills gap and/or need to upskill workers as digital transformation continues.
Content created by SMEs will aid in the development of employees and help meet compliance requirements. So, the LMS that is chosen should never inhibit them from doing their job.
During the selection process, be sure to ask questions that address the bigger picture, not just tactical.
Not every LMS vendor provides end-to-end training solutions which can be a major bonus that can save a lot of time and money in the long run. This is because the vendor analyzes the current situation, takes the time to understand the business goals and objectives, designs and executes on the plan – from content creation to technology solutions.
Getting content quickly into an LMS is just one of the many processes that must be dialed in for maximum effectiveness. And, when the right LMS is chosen for training needs, businesses will experience time and cost savings – leaving more time to focus on growth and innovation.