The evolution of learning tools has moved from programmes on individual computers to distributed web-based systems that could both administer lessons as well as collect and store testing data.  The present availability of smartphones and tablets has quickly changed the way people search, browse, and view information, leading to advancements in user interface and user experience that have displaced the static web pages served up by most Learning Management Systems.

 

The internet has changed how people consume all types of media and information; it has also changed the way we create and share information.  Many LMS were created in the early-web days of non-responsive web pages, and many of them have not updated in browsing and work habits.

 

Where LMS’s were designed to be course-based and did not support mobile learning, new systems such as Modlettes are flexible when it comes to mobility and how they distribute information.  Old content was required to conform to a set format, but Modlettes support video, text, and audio formats that are easy to circulate and view from mobile devices.

 

In most of the existing LMS’s that are company based, they don’t have audio or video recording functionality which can severely hamper information sharing, forcing instructors to create external videos or audio support.

 

Considerations:

  • When looking for an on-line learning platform, it’s important to find a solution that can have a cloud based option as well as supporting local installations (Modlettes).
  • A new training system should support various file formats for text, audio and video, all available on mobile platforms (Modlettes)
  • Smartphones and tablets have made content creation easy, whether you are creating text, snapping a photo, or capturing video. You want a training and development system that allows for quick updates, especially visual content.  Having mobile apps to make adding content easier ensures that the content will always be fresh (Modlettes).

 

Since the introduction of smartphones, people expect instant access to information.  A training platform that supports online viewing or reading can expand the places and times that training and operational learning can take place.  Furthermore, a learning tool that supports mobile devices is critical to increase participation and retention as there’s a real value in training at “the point of practice,” which is to say where the work is being done.

 

Information can be forgotten between a backroom computer and the kitchen or sales floor so it makes sense to have a coaching support where your employees are active.

 

And one of the most compelling reasons for not considering the in-company LMS is cost.  Why pay a large sum of money for a system you have to maintain when you can get better functionality from a system that somebody else maintains.  Test the Modlettes on-line eLearning system and gather feedback from your staff, you may be surprised to see both interest and engagement climb.  With better educated and trained employees comes fewer errors, more job satisfaction, lower turnover rates, and ultimately a better Customer experience.  Moving beyond the standard LMS can have significant benefits for your company and your workforce.