What is a Learning Management System anyway?

While there are several definitions of a Learning Management System (LMS), the basic description is a software application that automates the administration, tracking and reporting of training events.  However it is not that simple, a robust LMS should be able to do the following:

  • Centralize and automate administration
  • Use self-service and self-guided services
  • assemble and deliver learning content rapidly
  • consolidate training initiatives on a scalable web-based platform
  • Support portability and standards
  • Personalize content and enable knowledge reuse

Most importantly, a LMS should integrate with other pre-existing systems and metrics used by HR, Accounting and Operations enabling management to measure the impact, effectiveness and overall cost of training initiatives.

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