Learning Management Systems (LMS) are important parts of modern organizations as they cultivate knowledge and growth into their core values. For this reason, it has become a common practice to integrate LMS with existing software infrastructure such as ERP, PLM and HRMS to closely tie the learning experience along with employees’ tasks.
This blog is a complete guide for organizations planning to integrate an LMS with their existing infrastructure. It will cover all essential LMS features that organizations can benefit from through proper implementation.
Here is the complete LMS integration checklist.
The basics of integration lie in seamless flow of data across different teams and software within the organization. For the purpose of employee training;
The LMS must have access to an organization’s repository for content and teaching material. In addition, it must also be able to access third-party content.
Along with data coming in for employees, employees must also be able to share their progress and certifications with the relevant personnel such as HR or their superiors. This data should also be available for review by regulatory authorities if the purpose of integrating LMS is to meet legal requirements for employee training.
The world is full of information that can be useful in various aspects. The goal of an LMS should be to provide the employees with access to as much purposeful data as possible. For this, your LMS should have the capability to connect with third-party apps through APIs and be pre-configured in order to make it easy for users to connect.
While planning for cross-platform connectivity, you must also consider which platforms your organization would want to integrate in the future. This approach enables you to set a budget for custom integrations accordingly.
Webinars are an effective teaching tool in organizations that have large teams and require frequent training. By incorporating webinar tools into your LMS upon installation, your organization is enabled to host training sessions, team collaboration exercises in just a few simple steps.
Webinar tools within LMS make scheduling and organizing webinar sessions much easier and encourage users to benefit from them more often.
Administration for LMS can be tricky, as organizations benefit from decentralized intra-organization training. This means managers need to have access to their employees’ portals in order to share relevant content for them.
Managers also need access for evaluating their employees progress on certain projects or certifications. Therefore, the LMS integration tool you choose should have multiple options to manage user access and restriction on sensitive data.
Recording user progress and achievements is arguably as important as the learning itself in a modern organization. Keeping track of everyone’s individual progress in a large organization can be a tricky task. The quick and easy solution to this is to integrate LMS with the HRMS at your organization. This allows to sync employee data across systems, and creates profiles for all users on the LMS.
Employees benefit greatly from a diligent record of their training and certifications. They can share this record for the purpose of promotions and use it future employment options.
Employee achievement and progress deserves rewards in the form of recognition and small perks. Organizations can achieve this objective through LMS and HRMS integration. Some organizations make company-wide announcements to acknowledge their employees’ achievements. LMS may also offer a points system to incentivize learning against which your organization can set small rewards, thereby, making learning at the organization fun and inclusive.
With these considerations and features added to your LMS, your organization is sure to see knowledge-seeking employees with a growth mindset at an individual and organizational level. Accommodating the above stated features will help you leverage LMS to its fullest capacity and integrate in a satisfactory manner.