With GDPR taking effect at the end of this month, organisations need to make sure that their LMS supports GDPR compliance. GDPR affects every organisation that operates within the EU, whether they are based inside the EU or not, meaning that this affects many global organisations. The risks involved if you fail to comply with GDPR can be catastrophic for many businesses, ranging from significant financial fines to serious reputational damage associated with not protecting users’ personal data, making it essential that you’re prepared before the deadline on 25th May 2018.
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L&D teams everywhere know that a key priority for learning professionals today is to do more for less. All stakeholders want to know that their investment is paying off, whether that's through cost savings, increased efficiency or increased productivity and output. Too many organisations fail to collect this information and then struggle to prove the value of their learning management system to their key stakeholders, which can make it difficult to secure extra budget further down the line.
At Totara, we strongly believe in giving our subscribers the freedom to create a learning platform that meets their needs without compromise. Unfortunately, with proprietary systems, you have no say over the roadmap, you often can’t customise the platform to your own specifications and you will probably end up working around the limitations of the LMS instead of the LMS working around you.
Growing your company’s profits can look a lot different than the traditional chants of 'Sell sell sell'! Sometimes the most important way to increase profits is by finding inefficiencies in your systems. Whether we like to think of it that way or not, human resources has systems just like every other team, and finding the inefficiencies in your workforce onboarding, training, and succession planning can mean the difference between running lean and spending (wasting) thousands every year on hiring and attrition.
For many organisations, a learning management system will be the most expensive element of their learning programme. The LMS sets the foundation for your entire online learning offering, and can determine whether your entire programme succeeds or fails. A user-friendly, fully branded LMS with personalised, engaging content will keep users coming back for an easy learning experience, whereas requiring them to make too many clicks, confusing navigation or an unattractive, outdated look and feel will put them off and hinder your engagement rates.
While the Cambridge Analytica scandal unfolded before our very eyes, data protection has never been more important. Across the pond, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go in affect across the European Union as of 25th May 2018, which will effectively allow millions of people in the region to have full control over their personal data. While the EU is making prominent strides in the right direction - what about the rest of the world?
As a learning professional, you are often required to report on the effectiveness of your training programs. These reports can be used for a variety of purposes, such as monitoring trainee progress, identifying intervention opportunities and collecting compliance data.
Managing training across a large organisation can be challenging. You have many stakeholders involved on both your side of the table and with training platforms, providers and more!
We understand that this is not only challenging to manage, but it can also be costly and leave you feeling unclear about what exactly you are getting included with your training.
“So, what does your company do then?”
We’ve all been there. You enter a huge industry exhibition with a specific objective from your boss, whether that’s ‘find three potential suppliers for X product’ or ‘find a company that will help us solve Y challenge’, or even ‘find out what the next big thing in our sector will be and how we can beat the rush’. But in reality, it’s much harder than simply turning up, having a few conversations and leaving with a perfect list of vendors and ideas to consider.
The tale of the now-extinct dodo is a sad one. Sadly, not all birds are made equal, and unable to fly, the tasty flightless bird was hunted to extinction. Much like the sad demise of the fateful dodo, not all learning management systems are made equal. If an LMS fails to evolve with the needs of a business and its learners, it will eventually become threatened. Unable to prove its worth in its natural business habitat, the budgetary predators will circle, and the learning platform's survival will be under threat. This is usually down to lack of use, poor user engagement, and poor user experience, as well as a lack of business impact or results.