ROLE of LMS in Employee Retention Strategy

Almost one in three office workers believe their current employer does not provide them with sufficient opportunities to improve their academic and professional qualifications, a newly-released report from Oxford Open Learning Trust shows.


One potential key barrier identified for thus is lack of support in the workplace. Some 29% of those polled said their current employer does not provide them with sufficient support and opportunities to improve their literacy and/or numeracy skills.

The top three motivations respondents identified for additional education were to enhance their earnings (49%), improve their level of knowledge (44%), and because of a general interest in the course/subject areas (44%). In today’s job market, where young people are themselves motivated to enhance their skills, it is a responsibility of the organizations to ensure that they get such opportunities. Helping employees get what they want when it comes to education and career growth is a win-win for both business and employees. Better educated and better prepared employees can not only create more value and meet new challenges but will have an innate drive to learn and grow.

This is high time businesses should realize that if they don’t invest well in the development of their employees and don’t support their career development, what they’re really doing is encouraging their employees to leave once they’ve mastered their existing skills. If employees aren’t able to envision their futures within their current organization, they’ll simply look over the fence. A stunning 54% of employees who can’t see a path to advancement are considering leaving.

Training and development managers have always been aware of these facts. But now these facts are increasingly making sense to CEOs, chief financial officers, and anybody else with responsibility for managing a profit-and-loss statement. Though all of them realize the benefits of training and risks of not-training, they have never had the time for training. Thus, this boils down to the need of a system that manages the complexities of conducting training. This is where a Learning Management System (LMS) fits in.

A LMS streamlines the administrative effort, making it easy to ensure each staff member receives the appropriate training as well as helping manage the classrooms, instructors, and other resources needed to deliver the courses. They can help leaders map the brain of their organization and gauge the learning progress of employees by generating detailed reports, statistics and metrics. It can tell how much the employees know about their work and what else is needed to fill the knowledge gaps and thus, create a platform for talent development.

To summarize, a LMS will significantly upgrade an organization’s ability to provide for the training requirements of the largest and most diverse workforce across different departments and locations. Thus, to survive the pressure of fierce competition in the industry, it is vital now that we embrace the opportunities provided by LMS and create a culture of learning in our company.

Modern LMS goes beyond the aspect of learning by providing essence of social media with it where employee can publish their skills enhancement which acts as a motivational factor for rest of the employees.

Lot of AI and analytic matrices (Like are helping LMS bring out a real helpful reporting dashboard for top management to work on employee retention and skill enhancement.

So future shape of LMS cannot be imagined but it must be something really advanced tool with the help of BIG DATA ANALYTICS.

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Changing Dynamics!


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Cloud was once considered to be the space where Devas in Hindu mythology used to live. Traversing through clouds in an airplane do give us some good feeling, at least on our maiden flight, but today have we ever realized all of us traverse through clouds throughout the passage of sun from east to west and backward ???

Seems strange but indeed that’s truth. Everyone might be recalling a phrase “on cloud nine” by these words. Indeed social networking helps us to reach cloud nine by conversing with our near and dear ones but then again buzz word today is cloud, even all proposals made on virtual platforms are on cloud.

Have you ever realized where do the photos you upload go??? Where does all your mails get saved?? How does all your data reach you despite you being away from your office??

With elevation of “Cloud Boy”, Indian origin, Satya Nadella as CEO of software conglomerate Microsoft, debate on cloud capabilities and dependency over same has further received a torque. Even the largest company Apple (by market capital) is a pioneer in this space.

Indeed total cloud storage book Google Chromebook, where entire OS is on cloud has been launched. Be it windows, or iOS, they are relying highly on cloud. $180 billion is expected cloud service market by 2015, where out of every 10 IT companies, 7 would move on cloud for their new applications.

Need for Change

But what is so amazing that is leading to such massive and huge success of these “aired” services. Let us peep into the world where cloud can prove to be a boon. India faces faculty crunch, what if video lectures are online and people in remote areas view them and get a glimpse of outside world? Just think you don’t need to carry anything to office, your entire PC ‘s data is on cloud, you go anywhere in world and access it? With office space rent getting dearer, training cost of company has become a burden. What if entire training is given by software on cloud that interacts real time?

A Solution for One and All

The training cost can be curbed easily if some software is developed and placed over cloud. No need to call any employee to office space, give a preliminary training on cloud wherever the employee is and then call a semi prepared employee to the space. Today a large pizza chain employs the same strategy, their front office staff is being trained by such systems. Insurance agents can be made to learn the ways by which they should treat their customers. Use of technology for lower cadre staff can be made to learn via such learning management systems (LMS), further restricting the need of staff to train them, which again saves trainer cost. Even basic law can be taught to employees so that they may understand their work implications. Every organization has some work culture, for any new employee it takes time to get accustomed to it, why not use a LMS to centralize the training sessions and give employee a virtual training prior to his joining that would help in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency right from day one.

Interactive modules are indeed engaging. Even car driving is first being taught on real time simulations being conducted at some place using technology. The same if replicated in office space can turn out to be a huge transformation in monetary terms.

Trainer+ travel cost+ accommodation+ salary+ allowances+ human efficiency+ infrastructure cost+ quality crunch + biases+ nepotism+ unfair means = solved by just one solution, Learning Management Systems, which would mitigate all the cost involved along with other add on costs.

Cloud + Learning management solutions can thus be termed as future of business training.


Gamification: A Digital Pat on the Back


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Angry Birds, Temple Run, Candy Crush Saga, Subway Surf addiction. We all are wired up enough. Take a look at the software we use every day: websites, mobile apps, software we use at work, to name a few.

A game is also a software. A good game challenges us and brings us in a flow which makes us feel good. Games trigger the emotions and this is something we lack in software.

Gaming has created a breed of super-learners who always strive for perfection, eagerly press on even when they fail. The unwavering motivation to beat the scores, “continually achieving” spirit to unleash new levels, even more determination upon failing a level until you pass. Gamification captures these learning behaviors which can be very effectively employed within e-learning courses.

The most compelling feature of gaming is that it allows the player to try things creatively. If you fail at a level you simply just hit the reset button and try new patterns, new strategies and combinations and think of new solutions to the same problems until you get it right. This ability to analyze, figure out different variables to a problem and combine all your experiences to arrive at a solution forms the essence of an enriching educational experience. Apart from this gaming infests positive feelings of pride, joy, excitement, relief, awe and wonder. Gaming simulates direct interactivity, decision making, immediate feedback; as compared to passive experiences like reading a book or watching a video tutorial.

Gamification is already the next big buzzword in the market. One of the strongest intrinsic motivation factors in any field is status. The underlying principle of gamification is brain stimulation reward (BSR), which is a phenomenon directly relating to regions of the brain that handle reward-based outcomes. In a game this reward system is activated and stimulated. This encourages achievement, status, self-expression, altruism, and closure when faced with a real life situation in form of a game. The badges (rewards) in games reinforce the status of a player as an expert in the specific industry which has a strong appeal. Down the lane, Universities might create e-learning courses on their site focusing on specific skills. User can deploy the badge on his or her own site and profile thereby giving the user a “universal reputation”. Hence gamification works as a digital pat on the back and motivates people wonderfully.

The future of gamification is bright. Here lies a plethora of opportunities to blend gamification with e learning and create a real learning experience. What is to be seen is who takes up the challenge of creating these experiences and redefine learning.

Articlate Storyline or Adobe Captivate?


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Adobe Captivate 7 vs Articulate Storyline by Stratbeans Consulting

Choosing an E learning tool for your firm can be a little tricky; we will help you select the right authoring software.

Let us start with Adobe Captivate 7

Adobe Captivate is preferred over other software for its professional quality output. It is a very efficient too that helps is screen capturing of processes and thereby creating standard operating procedures called SOPs. It has a very sleek and entrenched interface which is easy to get along with. Adobe has always been a step ahead in providing a very user friendly environment and look to its software. It provides clear cut editing and tuning capabilities to audio files. Also it has a tracking and reporting option. You can always create a completely interactive course. On the top of all, it has widget integration capability too. All these features when combined, gives you the ability to develop unique presentations and courses.

However, such capabilities need substantial learning time which can be taken care through trainings and workshops. Captivate is a very good tool for creating process oriented learning courses or SOPs.

Articulate Storyline

This product has sparked off a buzz in the industry. Both individuals and companies are giving an overwhelming response to Articulate Storyline. It has earned its tagline recently ‘ The Game Changer’.

Articulate is The Game Changer

According to most user, it has actually changed their game in the elearning space Articulate Storyline has a very powerpoint-ish interface, if you’re not a fan of office templates and design, then you might not want to see this. However, this similarity helps user to learn its interface easily as most of us are familiar with office already. Articulate Storyline is power packed with characters both real and illustrative which eventually helps in creating a jazzy and interactive learning content. It is light weight software and performs very quickly. There is practically no maintenance required. It also provides mobile and HTML5 + CSS3 support, which sets it apart from other software like Captivate

Articulate has certainly raised the bar in eLearning industry. This era of technology demands less typing, fewer touches, simple swipe gestures and seamless integration without any hassle which Articulate Storyline provides.


Comparing Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate directly would be in apt. However for a firm who needs a quick boost in short span of time should certainly go for Articulate Storyline. Firms with intentions to dig deeper into it should go for Adobe Captivate.
Articulate has a very strong online discussion forum, you’ll never be unanswered. You can always ask on the forum. On the other hand, Adobe Captivate’s community background isn’t so strong.