What is an LMS?

A Learning Management System (LMS) provides staff with an online platform that they can log in to and access e-learning training exercises in a central, secure location. Find out more about how an LMS could benefit your business.

What is an LMS?

An LMS allows you to access e-learning resources in the same way that you might log on to an intranet system. Users will have their own LMS log-in providing them with access to online training courses.

The basic purpose and functionality of all LMS systems is the same, but the design, power and additional benefits will vary from model to model.

For example, our Virtual College LMS, Enable, allows you to track your progress through e-learning modules.

Why does my company need an LMS?

Using e-learning instead of or alongside face-to-face learning can help to reduce training costs and improve productivity across an organisation. For example, mandatory staff training like fire safety or food hygiene can be allocated when work is quiet, rather than sending people out of the office for a whole day or more.

Being able to track how much training a person has completed via an LMS is ideal for monitoring and audits, and storing this information online make it much easier to access than sifting through piles of paperwork.

Enable, Virtual College's Learning Management System

Some LMS platforms, like Enable, allow you to upload e-learning courses from other providers and create your own online learning modules using tools such as PowerPoint and Word. You can then assign tests to monitor comprehension and completion.

Enable allows you to create online portfolios featuring uploaded examples of learners' work towards completing a course, while event tracking, internal messaging and appraisal tracking are also possible.

Can I use my company's course in another company's LMS?

Most courses and LMS platforms are compatible, but you will need to check on a case by case basis. If you've already got e-learning courses that you want to transfer, we recommend discussing your needs with the company you are planning to buy the LMS from.

Generally, if a Learning Management System and an e-learning course are both SCORM compliant, it means course progress can be tracked. There are different versions of SCORM, but many of the latest systems are compatible with older versions.

Can I put my company branding on an LMS?

At Virtual College, we specialise in working with businesses of all sizes to deliver bespoke, targeted versions of e-learning courses and our Learning Management System, so you can tailor the training experience specifically to your staff.

Can I use Virtual College courses in my own LMS?

Currently, Virtual College is unable to supply our own courses for use in external LMS platforms. However, we are happy to work with you to develop bespoke materials that you can use and distribute freely.

If you'd like to find out more about this or have any other questions about distance learning, check out our full course offering, call us on 01943 885089 or email info@virtual-college.co.uk

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