Corporate LMS Findings

The Elearning Guild and Adobe Systems are behind some interesting research into changing trends in corporate LMS use and design.

A survey the organisations recently released paints a rosy picture for corporate LMS use, but also highlights a relatively high level of dissatisfaction with current corporate online learning systems.

Some key findings in the report, Corporate Learning Management Systems 2016-2018 by Dr. Sharon Vipond pinpoint areas for improvement and change:

  • LMS systems will increasingly use video, gamification, social and informal learning although the jury is still out when it comes to corporate buy-in into the usefulness of gamification
  • One third of the respondents still host their own LMS but more are increasingly turning to cloud-based software systems
  • About one-half of the survey respondents said they were only somewhat satisfied with their LMS while 20-percent liked their LMS
  • LMS implementation affects overall satisfaction levels with its performance
  • Most organisations use an LMS that is three to five years old which is often lacking updated learning features
  • About a third of the respondents say they are going to change their LMS vendors and half say they are going to be swapping LMS suppliers this year.
  • Mobile and tablet support are very important to corporations
  • Version control and content tracking rank high when it comes to LMS functionality

One of the report’s key findings is that most companies have a difficult time keeping their employees engaged in the elearning process and managers were unable to determine the impact of learning on their employees.   More than forty-percent of the respondents said there was a disconnect between their online learning programs and communicating business objectives.

There was also some very good information about LMS functionality that corporations value in their LMS.  The top five are:  reports, tracking and delivery, ability to replace the course with new information, email notification and a search functionality.

Finally, the survey respondents were very clear that they ranked learner ease-of-use higher than the administrative capabilities of the system.   This finding continually crops up as one of the main goals of  anyLMS.  For it to be effective, it has to be engaging and easy to use.  Not rocket science, but very difficult to achieve.

If your company needs some help troubleshooting a current LMS or designing a new one, please feel free to contact My Learning Space.