New technology has been of huge benefit to businesses both large and small around the world for some years now. Reaching just about every facet of a functional business, it is no surprise that training is no exception. The vast array of custom elearning solutions, that are now available for anyone who takes advantage of them, mean that onboarding and training are both now more efficient, effective, and altogether cheaper. But with so many options out there, it can take a lot of trial and error before you figure out what the best mobile LMS (learning management system) is for you and your company. So if you are in the market right now, here are a few of the most important features to look out for when testing out a mobile LMS.
Functionality and Usability
If you cannot get the basics to work, your LMS will fail in its primary function, and there is no point to it. First and foremost, make sure that your LMS is fully functional, and more than that—easily usable. You do not want to have to train your new employees to use the training program before they can start learning. Play around with it yourself, and get a few other people to try it out as well. The goal is to have an LMS that one can easily pick up and navigate with little to no advanced knowledge, with straightforward course management. Furthermore, you will need to make sure that all of the mobile features are working; the point of a mobile LMS is that it can be picked up from anywhere at any time. If this aspect of it does not work, it is not a good mobile LMS.
This leads us to another important functionality issue—compatibility. This includes compatibility between devices—whether your company offers BYOD (bring your own device) or not, compatibility with every device and operating system is essential. Not only that, but you should make sure that it is compatible within the devices—that is to say, that it will function with other programs and apps without problems or glitches.
Another great feature of a good mobile LMS is the ability to track your trainees’ progress in real time. This allows you to keep updated throughout their training, monitor their progression through the program, see where certain trainees are excelling and where others are struggling, and answer any questions that they have along the way.
Thus, ease of communication is also very important, and good social features are a key aspect of any successful mobile LMS. The best will allow trainees to contact you easily, and vice versa, and also facilitate communication between each other. Links to social networks will also facilitate sharing of achievements and provide opportunities to promote the company in less orthodox ways. This makes a good LMS a marketing boost for a company as well, making it invaluable to a small business in particular.
Along with the social aspect, you can kick it up a notch through gamification. Friendly competition is something that can improve the training process immensely, and gamification is a great way to inject this, as well as an extra sense of enjoyment in the process and camaraderie between employees. Even something as simple as a few quizzes or quick games at the end of each section can be sufficient to boost the learning process. Look for these capabilities in your mobile learning management system.
Even the best software can malfunction at times—this fact is inescapable. What really matters then, when choosing your LMS, is making sure that help is easily on hand when you need it. Is there a support center that is accessible at any time, with an open channel of communication and quick response times to any queries. Things like quick and easy password retrieval and good troubleshooting should be a given.
Recruiting the best talent in your field is no longer enough to get you the best workforce. No, top talent will get you a crop of promising employees, but unless that talent is nourished and fed your recruits will not grow into the employees that they could be, nor contribute to your bottom line in a way that matches the fullness of their potential. Choosing the right learning management system allows you to create an environment where your employees are encouraged to learn and better themselves. It may require a certain amount of trial and error, and you may have to go through a fair few systems before you find the right one, but if you look for these features, you will be well on your way to finding something that works. The future of business is now, but it belongs only to those who are willing to take it.