A common issue organisations run into when they invest in a new LMS is a lack of user engagement. For many businesses, their LMS will be the most expensive part of their learning strategy, but just because you’ve spent the money, that doesn’t mean your job is done - in fact, far from it. A comprehensive launch and internal marketing strategy can spell the difference between LMS success and failure, so we’ve put together some ideas to help you make the most of your learning platform.
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With the recently implemented GDPR a hot topic, user data management is only set to become more important over the coming months and years. Users of systems both in and outside the workplace are becoming increasingly savvy, especially when it comes to their personal data, so whether GDPR applies to you or not, it is very possible that you will see an increase in the number of people wanting to know what personal data you store about them and how you use it.
We’re counting down the days to our 2018 APAC Totara User Conference in Sydney in June, and we thought we’d take the opportunity to catch up with some of our guest speakers ahead of the main conference day. We’ve worked hard to secure a range of speakers who will be sharing the secrets to their success with Totara, and we think that this year’s event is one not to be missed if you want to get the most out of your Totara solution.
Designing a fit-for-purpose LMS at Berry Street
Aliki Christou, Berry Street
This is a guest post from BuildEmpire's Marketing Manager, Aimee Ward.
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.
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?