LinkedIn recently released a report on Workplace Learning, titled '2017 Workplace Learning Report', highlighting the top trends and challenges in 2017 that L&D professionals are tackling. While the report has generated buzz in the industry, companies are increasingly faltering to find new ways and means to tackle the challenges. UpsideLMS, one of the most awarded SaaS Learning Management Systems, has once again put itself in the driver’s seat to help companies tide over the problems and emerge unscathed.
The LinkedIn report mentions several challenges that L&D professionals today are grappling with. These include: having a limited budget, getting employees to make time for L&D, having a small L&D team, demonstrating ROI, aligning to the company’s overall strategy, building employee awareness of L&D programs, getting executive buy-in, engaging employees during L&D programs, lacking data and insights to understand which solutions are effective, having old or outdated content and having L&D decentralized within the company.
But dispelling the unrest over these challenges, UpsideLMS has been busy shaping its LMS into a stellar Learning Management System that is equipped with all potent features like the ones mentioned below to handle these very challenges.
1. Best value for money: UpsideLMS’ SaaS-based architecture provides fast deployment with best-in-class security, scalability and reliability. It’s a great fit for companies with limited L&D budgets thanks to its lower set-up costs, plus free technical support and regular updates. UpsideLMS is known to reduce the TCO, maximising the impact of learning programs while assuring speed, innovation, and higher ROI.
2. Facilitates easy learning: UpsideLMS’ light & responsive HTML 5 design enables learners to access it seamlessly from any device of their choice – be it desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, across a wide range of browsers and platforms. Further, it's point-based CPD module, Compliance Training, Social Learning & Knowledge Collaboration ensures that learning happens as a part of the day-to-day activities, thereby eschewing the need for making employees 'find time' separately for L&D.
3. Future-proofed: One of the challenges cited by L&D professionals is that the LMS often does not match the overall learning strategy of the company and comes with archaic features that do not help the company. UpsideLMS is a mix of innovative features that helps a company to stay ahead of the curve and traditional features that are needed to carry out the routine learning/training activities. This ensures that the LMS stays relevant for longer in line with the company’s learning objectives.
4. Learner Engagement: UpsideLMS’ simple navigation and workflows that are specially designed from the user's perspective facilitate Learner Engagement like never before. UpsideLMS’ user-friendly UI, enhanced interface designs for Catalogue and Learning Plan, flexible Batch Management module with ability for learners to self-enroll etc, ability to stream videos, deliver learning/ training in a blended format, Social Learning & Knowledge Collaboration bring in enhanced User Experience, and thereby high Learner Engagement. In an age where the focus of learning is leaning towards Informal Learning, UpsideLMS drives out concerns about learner engagement and knowledge retention.
5. Business Intelligence: An LMS calls for requisite tools to gather data that can be studied to gain insights on which solutions are proving to be effective for the company. Features like MIS and Reporting come in handy for deriving Business Intelligence and is a good way to calculate the ROI. UpsideLMS is integrated with enhanced MIS & Reporting tools to assist L&D professionals in translating learning management data into meaningful information and improving processes.
6. Ready-to-use, updated content: As pointed out by the report, another challenge faced by companies is outdated and old content that does little in updating the knowledge of employees. While companies can opt for creating up-to-date customised courses which is a time consuming option, UpsideLMS offers a comprehensive library of ready-to-use catalogue courses (aka Off-the-shelf courses or OTS courses) that are fast to deploy, easy on the pocket and effective in addressing learning needs.
7. Multi-portal Architecture: An LMS equipped with Multi-portal Architecture is the perfect solution for companies that face issues of decentralisation when it comes to LMS. UpsideLMS’ multi-portal architecture enables extended Enterprise Training or hosting multiple departments/ clients on the same setup. Distinctive branding policies, branding each portal, separate URL etc. is possible through UpsideLMS.
Amit Gautam, Director - UpsideLMS and Co-founder - Upside Learning, summarises this well by saying, "As new challenges continue to emerge in the L&D space, it is crucial that the Learning Management Systems be well equipped to help companies overcome the current and the future challenges in the most efficient and effective way. Our SaaS Learning Management System, UpsideLMS, has been built on this very belief. And we are confident that it can help an organisation succeed with its L&D initiatives in 2017 and beyond."
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