Learning is central to any successful organisation. From filling knowledge and skill gaps to developing new leaders, fostering an engaged workforce, and retaining top talent, when correctly implemented, L&D (Learning and Development) can create meaningful competitive advantages in the modern business world.
While many companies utilise technology, incorporating an LMS, LXP, Content Authoring Tool, or LRS, few extend its use to encompass their entire approach to learning. However, there are significant benefits to incorporating all L&D activities into a single platform through a complete learning solution (also known as an “end-to-end” or “all-in-one” learning solution).
While an LMS helps manage the delivery of educational content, an LXP delivers enhanced personalised learning experiences, a Content Authoring Tool supports the creation of structured and user-generated content, and an LRS enables data capture to track and measure learning impact.
A complete learning solution is not just another L&D tool; it combines LMS, LXP, Content, and LRS in a single platform, simplifying work for L&D professionals and enhancing the learning experience for employees.
Complete learning platforms deliver all the tools an organisation needs to unleash it’s creativity and build learning experiences that support and reflect the workplace culture.
Rather than scattering the learning ecosystem across multiple systems, a complete learning solution houses them in a single application.
Information is stored in one place, allowing different parts of the organisation to use it to improve employee learning. This increases transparency in learning and development technology, and collaboration in L&D functions strengthens the impact.
A complete learning solution optimizes every aspect of employee education and development. From onboarding and compliance training to customer education, sales enablement, and partner training, a single solution for everything an organisation needs to teach its employees.
With a well-designed complete solution, learning content is easily discovered. Rather than jumping from one platform to another depending on the source or subject, they can log into a single platform, quickly navigating to their training material.
A complete learning system also means they can access their courses and content anytime, anywhere, from their work or personal devices. They can choose to learn at a time and place that suits their schedule.
Every organisation wants to understand the effectiveness of its training.
What impact is L&D having on the business? Measuring training effectiveness is not a simple task.
Organisations can assess employees post-training and determine what they learned, but how do they know if this new knowledge is actively making a difference in the workplace? The answer is the ability to track users’ learning across multiple scenarios and platforms to produce a complete data set. For example, the xAPI specification allows capturing data from various online and offline sources.
Complete corporate learning solutions are ideal for doing just this. They enable the tracking of assessment data (test scores, completion rates, etc.), help identify skills gaps and measure skills’ growth over time.
For example, if an employee’s productivity or performance dramatically improves after a training programme; businesses can track this back to associated L&D programs.
Seeing what works for your business operations and workforce helps to produce more predictable L&D successes in the future.
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While the outlay for a complete learning solution can initially seem high, that is before you consider all the savings it creates:
Case: Valamis customer runs a course annually for their 30 000 employees.
The course took too long to master. This means that each employee spends a given amount of time out of their work.
Challenge: How to reduce time and cost.
Decision: Valamis collected learning data from day one and captured all learning experiences using full xAPI support. The data shows which aspects take time from the learner and where they are stuck. Based on the data, the course was improved in a manner that took two hours less to complete.
Results: The image below shows the process and the results that are expressed in a reduction in expenses by 43 %
Complete learning solutions scale depending on your needs. Whether it is a single employee or a large cohort, with existing eLearning modules to choose from, you can scale your L&D efforts to match the current requirements.
Unlike more traditional in-person training, the costs are controlled as the programme grows. Given the rise of remote, global workforces over the last few years, complete digital learning solutions reach and satisfy global demand.
While one learning solution is a great way to manage corporate training, learning shouldn’t come down to one choice.
Everyone likes to learn differently, and everyone comes to an organisation with different levels of education, experience, and curiosity. A comprehensive solution offers access to a wide range of content for individuals to upskill in what they need.
Independent learners can manage their own programs, whether written content, videos, or an interactive gamified learning experience. Group learners can band together and collaborate as they tackle training material. Discussing topics in person or remotely helps each other remain engaged and grasp new concepts.
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With software doing the heavy lifting, you can remove many of the major administrative burdens that come with organising L&D programs. Automate each employee’s tracking and progress thanks to LMS functionality as part of a complete learning solution.
Valamis’ Senior Learning Solution Partner, Dawn Viera, with 20+ years’ experience working in enterprise L&D most recently as VP, Director of Learning & Development Operations at Santander Bank, N.A. outlines the key reasons administrative burden is lifted with a complete learning solution:
Finding a single secure solution means you aren’t putting your data in the hands of multiple services.
You no longer have to worry about a data breach occurring due to the weakest link in the chain. As long as your complete learning system employs cybersecurity best practices and is compliant with relevant standards, you have one less thing to worry about.
A growing trend in cybersecurity is the need to protect the software supply chain. This refers to all the code that makes it into your final software product and includes third-party components.
Reducing the number of products reduces your software supply chain and the potential attack surface presented to adversaries looking to compromise your systems.
Procuring a complete learning solution through one vendor means you no longer have to manage multiple vendor relationships.
From commercial negotiations, legal checks, setting access, to implementation, success and renewal, you only have one contract and one vendor to manage.
Every company needs the same thing: to facilitate effective, value-adding learning experiences that maximise the potential of their employees.
You can break down that problem into smaller and smaller chunks and find a specific solution for each. Or you can use a malleable and dynamic complete learning solution that adapts and scales to your needs.
You can cover everything from a single platform with a complete cloud-based learning solution. Simplify operations, introduce greater flexibility while saving money, and enhance employee learning.
Discover through a personalised session how a complete learning platform looks in practice and how Valamis can help your organisation.