Compared to how we were onboarding and training twenty years ago, modern elearning platforms are truly incredible. The ability to build custom, innovative, and engaging courses has been a game-changer in the corporate world. Boring videos are becoming outdated with new engaging features like gamification and social achievement sharing making corporate learning much more engaging, interactive, and independent all at once.
The Challenge of LMS Content Creation
The technology of modern Learning Management Systems (LMS) has made it possible to design and implement an effective and enjoyable corporate learning experiences. Of course, even if you have the best LMS on the market, the biggest challenge of HR managers today is actually creating the content to upload into the LMS.
Creating all that content is a bigger job than it seems from the outside. How many hours of writing lessons can you budget into your weekly schedule? How many videos can you make, presentations can you design, or diagrams can you commission? When you compare this amount to the sheer volume of unique training material needed to onboard employees for every department and level, not to mention in-line and specialty training, the task can seem pretty daunting.
Most HR managers don’t have a lot of time to create the content, but there is a lot of pressure to do so and get the LMS up and running. There is also the need to continue training in the workplace while you are populating the new LMS, which only increases the demand and takes up more of your time.
The good news is that there are a number of ways to get over the hump to the point where your LMS is actually making you time to create more and better content.
Where to Get the LMS Content You Need
As stated above, most LMS administrators and trainers struggle to find the time to plan out and create engaging content. When you first launch the LMS, higher-ups are going to be wanting fast results. Here is a list of 3 easy sources of LMS content that you can most likely find, spruce up and upload quickly, with minimal time and effort.
These content pieces don’t have to be a final solution, but it will help give you the room to breath and create more in-depth, dynamic content.
Three Easy Sources of LMS Content
Content Source 1: Upload the PDFs and PowerPoints You’re Already Using
The first place to look for content to populate your snazzy new LMS is with your current educational material. Most HR managers who handle training have a collection of charts, resources, PDFs, infographics, and diagrams. Anything that you would normally print as a hand-out, email to a learning group, or use in a classroom is a likely candidate for LMS content.
Even if it needs to be expanded on, at least those existing PDF’s and PowerPoints can serve as a starting point for your eLearning content. Also remember that you can add voice-over into your power points to turn them more engaging for learners.
Administrators can convert their existing documents and videos into SCORM-compliant files in the Scormify app.
Content Source 2: Record Live Lectures and Classes
HR managers often dread recording themselves. We all know they are important, engaging, and inclusive for audio and visual learners but actually sitting in front of a camera and speaking the lesson perfectly is surprisingly difficult and undeniably time-consuming. But wait, there are useful live presentations on important work subjects on a semi-regular basis. Every time someone gives a lecture or holds a class on a subject, set up a well-placed camera and record the event. This can create TED Talk style videos that can include both the lecture and the interactive discussions afterward.
Content Source 3: Record All Webinars and Online Classes
Finally, modern business communication and collaboration technology mean that we are holding online discussions and presentations quite often. Webinars and online classes are an incredibly common form of in-line training in particular because they are easy to tune into and take part in both during work hours and off hours. Whenever your business hosts or participates in one of these online educational events, simply record the proceedings. The audio and sometimes even audio-visual record can immortalize these lessons as part of your LMS.
Because this content is not recorded and accessible, you can now use the time you would have spent in that webinar to create and polish a new course!
Time to Perfect Your eLearning Content
Once you have uploaded all the training content currently available, you might be surprised just how well filled out your new LMS has become. We know that many HR managers will look at this collection and think with some dissatisfaction, “I can do better”, and we support this! As you start adding this content into the LMS you will start to see your time free up, giving you more breathing room to come out with the 2.0 version of those classes, as well as think up new training processes you can streamline by adding them to the LMS.
If you start creating new training content plans and realize that you could use some help creating those modules, feel free to contact us at Knowledge Anywhere and inquire about our Course Development.
Knowledge Anywhere specializes in providing organizations with a variety of learning solutions, such as their Learning Management System, Virtual Reality Training solutions, course creation offerings. They have also created tools such as QuickQuiz, an Slack App, and SCORMify, an app that turns videos and documents into SCORM-compliant courses.
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