The world of continuing education is complex. Whether it is to earn and maintain certifications, to work toward building a more competent and confident workforce, or simply to learn new skills, it is often difficult for learners to navigate large course catalogs to find the training best suited to their needs. From the perspective of employers, it can be tricky to ensure that workers are focusing on the content that best prepares for them for their positions.
Sometimes, complex rules and specifications govern the types of content a learner needs to complete to hit a benchmark, such as meeting the required hours for a certification. In other cases, the learning path to an objective is less prescribed or tailored to an individual company rather than an outside governor. In both these instances, learners and their employers benefit when it is easy to find, enroll in, and complete the most relevant training options.
An Intelligent LMS
Given the need to bring learners’ attention to the content most important for them, a learning management system (LMS) should offer the ability to provide recommendations. Recommendations functionality enables the learning management system to automatically suggest content to a given learner. There are several possible options for how these recommendations can be triggered. Some include:
- Most popular: the most basic form of recommendation draws learner attention to the content that is most popular in their company or their domain.
- Job specific: job-specific recommendations are based on a user’s job title, offering a shortcut to content associated with that position.
- Completed content-based: recommendations are based on content the learner has already completed allow for easier navigation through established learning paths.
- Interest-based: recommendations are based on interests the learner has indicated in their profile.
- Administrator selected: with a customizable system, administrators can select content to be recommended to learners based on their metadata.
An Efficient LMS
Companies incur expense in offering continuing education and training to their employees. The more efficiently training can be found and completed, the less time loss a company faces. When employees are easily able to identify the training that is most relevant to them, companies aren’t paying for unnecessary content and incurring time loss. Since many employers depend on their employees to manage their own continued education, it is in a company’s best interest to make sure their learners can select the correct content, without wasting time and money on courses that don’t meet their needs.
A Proactive LMS
In a traditional higher education environment, students often rely on advisors or other experts to help them create their class schedules. Most companies cannot offer this service to their employees, no matter how dedicated they are to on-the-job training or continued learning. When a learning management system provides robust recommendation capabilities, this role can be automated, giving learners the guidance they need, without committing resources to provide that support.