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Is Your LMS a Cargo Ship?


July 19, 2019



is your lms a cargo ship

Cargo ships tend to carry valuable, but heavy, mass weight. They surely but slowly transport goods from one place to another. By goods we mean information and by place to place, we mean brain to brain. If your Learning Management System (LMS) is a cargo ship, it’s time to shape it into something new, something exciting, something like microlearning.

A microlearning LMS is the solution to all of your cargo woes, producing a plethora of benefits to your employees and corporation holistically. Ensuring a digestible, concise style of learning results in a more effective training strategy overall. This is why it is essential for corporations to critically assess their LMS, in an effort to drive company success.

If you’re wondering if your LMS is a cargo ship, here are five traits to look out for and how you can reverse them.

1. Providing too much and irrelevant content

Cognitive overload can take its toll on learners, whereby too much information results in reduced absorption and the release of previously stored knowledge. It is a proven fact that one can only withhold 3-5 pieces of new information at any given time, making it crucial to only feed enough information to employees that can be handled.

2. Not having a full understanding of LMS features

Having a complete understanding of the functions of your LMS makes for a more informed approach to the effective training of employees. A good LMS will typically harbour a multitude of advantageous features for the utilisation by corporations. SC Training (formerly EdApp)’s microlearning LMS includes features such as gamification, spaced repetition and a leading authoring tool, in order to differentiate employee training from mundane and traditional learning courses.

3. Information is convoluted and complicated

If information fed to learners is too difficult to understand, or packed with juxtaposing concepts and processes, employees will be less likely to complete their learning and may become disheartened. This impedes the potential for employees to enhance their skills and expertise, making for an under-skilled workforce and hinders the success of your corporation. By using an effective LMS, information is categorised accordingly and pushed out in bursts, in order to avoid overwhelming the learner and allowing for the absorption of a greater amount of information in a shorter time. A middle ground must be established between facile and overcomplicated information for employees to absorb bountiful concepts and processes.

4. Employees’ progress is not being tracked

Tracking the progress of employees is the crux of an effective LMS for the personal and professional development of employees. In the case where progress is not tracked, employers have no indication of the competencies of learners or where there are perhaps gaps in their learning. When learning is tracked, the points of weakness can be amended by reinforcing certain training aspects, through helpful LMS features, such as spaced repetition. Gamification also assists in the tracking of employee progress as gaming elements, like leaderboards, enable other learners and employers to physically see where employees lie against one another in their course learning.

5. HR and LMS are not being kept separate

It is important to keep employee details and customer user data (date of birth, organisation, start date etc.) seperate from your LMS. We understand the convenience of having information stored all in one place, especially when your LMS allows for it and seems to be effective. However, it is not meaningful data to have in your LMS and tends to build up, causing your data to become confusing and irrelevant to its original purpose.


If you would like to learn more about how to build the most effective employee training strategy!

If you’d like to know more about how SC Training (formerly EdApp)’s mobile learning platform can help your internal training practices, get in touch at enquiries@edapp.com. You can also try SC Training (formerly EdApp)’s Mobile LMS and authoring tool for free by signing up here.



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Guest Author Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown is a senior technical editor and writer that has worked in the education and technology sectors for two decades. Their background experience includes curriculum development and course book creation.

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