I feel the need, the need for speed...speedy content that is

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I feel the need, the need for speed….speedy content that is.

Just like the F/A-18 Super Hornet Tom Cruise flew in the movie ‘Top Gun,’ corporate content needs also can feel as if they go from 0 to 160 mph in two seconds!

One day you’re keeping pace and the next you could be pulling your hair out and ready to push the ejection seat button.

The need for more content could be a result of a big growth in your business, new regulations imposed or even from a merger or acquisition.

But, manually creating a training course is a demanding, time-consuming process.

Not exactly conducive when you need something fast.

And, even if you have a team in place, you can’t expect them to build a training course overnight. They still need to consult subject matter experts, gather the training material, set up the course, etc. The clock is ticking. And when the clock is ticking, mistakes are made.

Employee training is the key to increasing productivity and efficiency. But, without speedy content you’re left at a standstill.

So, How Can an LMS Help with Scaling Content Quickly?

In certain circumstances it makes sense to create your own training such as during the on-boarding process or when launching a new product. But, there is also an equal amount of circumstances that purchasing off-the-shelf content will more than suffice, and usually this involves generic learning objectives.

And, combining the two will greatly improve your chances of getting the content you need quickly.

And a little spoiler: an LMS can help in both scenarios.

1. Flexibility – An LMS should offer the opportunity to use both custom content and off-the-shelf content interchangeably

2. Use Native Documents as Learning Objects – Learning is created and saved in all formats (e.g., Word, PDF, PPT) throughout your organization so it’s important to be able to use them as learning objects

3. Supports Different Types of Training – An LMS that supports a variety of content will give more options for training that you can mix and match to appeal to different learning preferences

4. Centralized Content Management – Organization will go a long way when you’re scaling content. If everything is located within a centralized depository you’ll know that everybody who updates or changes a course is all working from the same one
5. Automation – All of the new content will need to be pushed out to the LMS at some point. So, an LMS that will automatically do it for you will aid in quickly updating learning pathways

The Selection Process

Content is such an important part of an LMS so during the selection process this should be considered.

Before any big purchase, including an LMS, you need to do your due diligence.

Use your LMS selection team to go over all the scenarios where content will be important now and in the future. If custom content is needed, will you have the bandwidth to accomplish this?

This is just one of many questions you’ll need to think about.

  • Does an LMS vendor offer off-the-shelf content?
  • Does the LMS provide SCORM-compliant formats?
  • Can you integrate with multiple content libraries?
  • Is there an option to mix traditional and micro-learning content?
  • Are there curated paths?
  • Is metadata included?

Another area to consider when it comes to content is how easily it can be imported/exported within the LMS? If you need to add a lot of content quickly, it’s imperative that this process works seamlessly.

As you can see, when it comes to content, a lot must be considered before selecting an LMS. But, when you know your business and plan accordingly, you’ll realize the benefits in quality content that can scale quickly, improve learner retention, engage employees and fulfill training requirements.

ShareKnowledge is an award-winning solution that is specifically designed for the complex content needs of corporate business. Our system is highly flexible and customizable so whatever you need, we can make it happen. Contact us today!


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