How To Train Remote Employees Effectively with an LMS
The way we work is changing and now more and more organizations are embracing remote working. With the shift in working environments, traditional training is not adequate for a remote workforce.
A Learning Management System (LMS) helps you to overcome this barrier. It makes training widely accessible for employees in any location at any time in a cost-effective way. We’ll take a look at how you can use an LMS to train remote employees efficiently and effectively.
- Enhance learner engagement with online webinars
There is a lack of interaction when it comes to remote learning. It can diminish the learning experience for employees who work outside of the traditional face-to-face environment.
However, you can overcome remoteness barriers and make it easy for teams to collaborate and interact. To do so, mix your traditional training methods with an online approach. Your team will be provided with an engaging learning experience without attending the office.
Many LMS providers have built-in webinar integrations that allow you to use virtual classroom features. You can use video conferences, online whiteboards, and screen-sharing to deliver your ILT online. Employees can simply attend these sessions from the comfort of their homes. They can also interact and engage by participating in forums or asking the instructor questions in real-time.
- Track learner progress through pre-built and customized reports
Organizations want to provide the best learning experience possible for their team. But with dispersed employees, it may be difficult to gauge how well your team is performing.
Reporting capabilities help you measure the effectiveness of your remote training program. It also provides you with actionable insights to make it a success.
LMS providers may offer different types of reports such as pre-built and customized reports. Pre-built reports can be created with a click of a button. Customized reports provide you with additional filters to drill down to the learner and course data you need.
Custom reports based on the data important to you can be scheduled to your inbox. If you would like to get weekly updates on learner attendance, for example, you can schedule that report to be sent to your inbox at the end of each week.
Using reports will help you to stay on top of your training more easily. It gives the information you need to make smarter data-driven decisions to improve your training.
- Make training materials easily accessible in a central location
Having a central location to place your training materials will make it simple for your team to get access to them. A resource library, for example, is where you can upload different types of training materials such as videos, PDFs, slides, images, and more. It will make it easy for them to access training information to build and refresh their knowledge when they need it.
- Provide seamless access to the training platform
Forgotten passwords can result in time being wasted on password recovery and waiting on IT support to help you regain access.
Single Sign-On (SSO) alleviates this issue and allows learners to access their LMS easily and securely. Users can access their training platform by using one set of login credentials from their existing cloud accounts.
Using SSO is significant as it will help improve employee productivity. You provide them with fast access to training, as well as reduce IT help desk costs from fewer password support tickets being submitted.
Be sure to choose an LMS that offers SSO capabilities. Some LMS systems support industry-standard SSO providers such as SAML 2.0, OKTA, OneLogin, Open APIs, and ADFS to name a few.
- Help learners stay on track of their training through structured training
There are a few ways to help learners to stay on top of their training requirements. You can use learning paths and automated reminders to add more structure to your learning program.
Learning paths give you the ability to organize and group multiple courses together. It provides a structured and automated flow for learners to progressively build knowledge on a topic with ease.
Automated notifications and alerts can be sent out to employees who have training that is due. You can determine what criteria should be met for the emails to be sent out. For example, emails can be sent out to learners who did not start or are in progress of a course that has a due date in one week.
Training employees in different locations around the world can be tricky. But it doesn’t have to be. The five areas we highlighted will be sure to simplify how you manage your remote training. It will also make the learning experience seamless and engaging for your dispersed team.
To learn about SkyPrep’s virtual classroom features and how it can support your remote training, please visit our website.
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