SharePoint learning management system features that add value

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SharePoint learning management system features that add value

Each year we are bombarded with lists of what is ‘in’ versus what is ‘out’ in training and development. And of course, there is no shortage of predictions for 2015. For many organizations, it’s not always possible to implement every hot new trend so it’s imperative to choose learning management system features that will add business value. Consider these top three learning trends that can easily be applied for those using SharePoint as an LMS or to compliment training efforts.

Learning management system features: Video improves retention

The whole name of the game in training is to make sure information is retained after a course. After all, without knowledge retention, the overall learning experience won't offer any real value. 

Did you know that learners retain information at a much higher rate when they can see and hear it? In fact, Forrester Research reports that when it comes to training retention, one minute of video is equal to about 1.8 million written words.

It’s no surprise that adding video will be an important and effective learning management feature for training in 2015. Visual content drives engagement. Just one month after introducing Facebook timeline for brands, visual content like photos and videos saw a 65 percent increase in engagement. Connecting text-centric SharePoint pages with video clips can similarly increase uptake in information and messages.

Companies are quickly embracing social media tools however many still lack the knowledge and insight around how to use these tools for learning and development. Document sharing, discussion forms and blogs are gaining traction with businesses, but they aren’t generally using video—which has been shown to be more effective—to improve their learning functions.

SharePoint 2013 has enhanced the video experience and is revolutionizing the way teams and organizations communicate with each other. Here are the top four functions that are in demand:

  • Most companies have existing video assets. Typically these files are distributed among departments, servers or even on public sites like Facebook and YouTube. A centralized video library creates one location for all video assets, making them not only traceable, but searchable.
  • The next level of video engagement is live streaming video. Companies are starting to see the benefit of centrally-delivered live video such as CEO or CFO messages to employees, sales kick-offs, staff training or internal product demos. Through SharePoint, organizations can publish and stream live video webcasts to an easily accessible calendar of events or link to employees’ Outlook.
  • A key to video usage is to provide additional documentation regarding date, speakers, key points, usage suggestions and other information. Providing links during the video publishing process to other documents, images and pages that exist within SharePoint makes it easier for employees to access complementary information on a given topic.

Learning management system features: Adaptive learning gets personal

Adaptive learning is another term that is getting a lot of attention when thinking about important learning management system features. Adaptive learning breaks traditional models and allows employees to learn at their own pace and can be very effective at improving efficiency, as well as employee engagement and retention since it allows employees to build confidence and overall expertise.

With the ability to more easily provide access to video and with the adoption of collaboration technologies, more options will be offered to the learner to accommodate various learning styles.

Organizations will continue to assess whether a learner has achieved the learning objective but instead of completing the same topic of learning after failing an assessment, they might have the option to view a video-based scenario from a SharePoint library or participate in an internal forum such as SharePoint community sites with the option to interact with expert contributors. The content may be served up when they are completing the topic or after an assessment to reinforce what they should have learned when they completed the topic initially.

Learning management system features: Any time, any place with mobile

Mobile is becoming a huge player in learning management system features that are a must have in the training space – changing the way companies work, interact and collaborate.

The latest version of SharePoint steps up its mobile game with an optimized mobile browser experience, push notifications, location, business intelligence content and Office Web apps.

Let’s say for example that your sales team are dispersed throughout the country but need access to a document as a refresher on all the latest features of a new product they’re selling. With SharePoint 2013, they can easily access their smartphone and pull up any document library with the information. With push notifications, they will also be alerted immediately of any changes to the material.

Learning management system features such as video, mobile and adaptive learning will change the game of training in 2015. We hope this blog sheds light on how you can implement them in a SharePoint environment and bring value to your business. 

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