5 Ways to Improve Productivity With Features and Tools From Open LMS

Whether you work for a corporate organization, run a business LMS, or manage an education LMS at a higher learning institution, your learning management system can do more than host your content. This blog post explores five ways to use your LMS to improve productivity, enhance your learning programs, and reach your goals.

1) Differentiate Training and Save Time With the Personalized Learning Designer

Every learner has a unique background and skillset. What resonates with one person won’t necessarily work well for others. Personalized learning and communication keep your learners engaged and focused with your programs so everyone can achieve successful outcomes.

When you’re using manual processes or inadequate solutions, it takes a lot of time and resources to ensure every learner receives personalized attention. The Personalized Learning Designer (PLD) from Open LMS is a standard feature that lets instructors and administrators create dynamic, reusable workflows that save time while giving learners the unique attention they deserve. With PLD, your instructors have a digital LMS assistant. Learners’ interactions with a course will trigger the PLD to send personalized feedback, alerts, and reminder emails that keep users engaged and on track.

Learning and development professionals can use the PLD to offer employees feedback based on their performance in skills-building courses. They can also automate reminders for mandatory compliance training and other activities. For universities, professors can save time by drafting a reminder email a month before the educational term starts and copying the email into all the courses they’re teaching that semester. Instructors can then designate a date for the PLD to send the message to students who still haven’t logged on to their learning environment.

The PLD can also directly assist learners throughout their journeys, suggesting new and relevant learning materials to reinforce concepts and deepen their understanding of essential topics. Your PLD can redirect learners based on their assessment performance and automatically enroll them in additional courses. With the PLD, you can customize learning paths for each LMS user based on their role, skills, and goals, all while saving precious time and resources.

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2) Design Diverse Content Without High-Level Technical Knowledge

You don’t need in-house programming expertise to create amazing learning content. Empower your instructors to design engaging courses with user-friendly content creation tools like H5P. Training your instructors to use H5P can save your organization significant costs. When your instructors can create their materials directly in the LMS, you don’t have to outsource your content development needs to external contractors or third-party vendors.

Using third parties to produce assessments, videos, and other instructional tools can cost your organization more time than using internal resources. Your instructors need to review any materials third parties create to ensure that the content aligns with their courses and the learners’ needs. If changes need to be made, the materials must be returned to the third party, which means more waiting. Using H5P increases your instructors’ productivity because they understand how their assessments and other essential training tools need to look to best serve their learners’ needs. H5P makes it easy for them to create those resources effectively the first time so they can spend their energy on other crucial tasks

Want to learn H5P? Check out the Open LMS Academy for details [Explore the H5P Creator Course]

3) Connect Your Learning Ecosystem With Awesome Product Partners

Different software tools will help you reach your goals, but switching back and forth between your systems takes time and effort. Bring together your essential tools and learner data under a single LMS platform with a network of extensive partners and helpful integrations.

Partner integrations make it easy for your team to connect and collaborate using the tools and resources they need to enhance learning programs and achieve training goals. You can use these integrations to improve course accessibility, proctor exams, moderate synchronous discussions, and more. When your team has the opportunity to work together, they can be more innovative and produce learning experiences that make a difference for your users.

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4) Make Agile Decisions With Robust Reporting and Analytics

Waiting until the end of your program to assess learner performance and gather feedback isn’t an effective way to improve your training initiatives. If you want your programs to be more productive, you need real-time data that empowers you to make agile decisions. Native progress tracking and reporting tools like the Open Reports Engine from Open LMS let you create, edit, and export custom reports that tell you precisely what you need to know so you can improve.

Identify your most popular courses with data visualizations embedded in your reports dashboard so you can choose how to increase those offerings and understand why those courses intrigue your audience. Incorporate learner information from more than 20 sources and get granular insights to inform future decisions. Use the report builder to see how long your users take to complete self-paced learning modules, and use the data to refine courses that aren’t helping your users reach their goals.

In addition to informing agile decisions, the ORE saves your L&D team time. The reporting and tracking tools are embedded in the LMS, so your instructors and LMS administrators can run detailed reports without waiting for or relying on assistance from software developers or programmers.

READ MORE ABOUT ORE | ‘Put Your Data to Work With the New Open LMS Reports Engine

5) Facilitate Continuous Learning

Improved productivity shouldn’t just be a goal for your L&D team. The more your learners upskill and reskill with courses from your LMS, the better equipped they’ll be to produce high-quality deliverables or reach their professional goals. Leveraging the tools and features in your LMS can help you facilitate a culture of continuous learning at your organization that encourages your users to keep seeking opportunities to improve.

Your LMS can host a vast library of resources for learners to keep their skills current and add new ones to their repertoire. Use your LMS to offer interactive content relative to your learners’ needs. Reinforce the importance of continuous learning by encouraging your users to collaborate and share their ideas. Synchronous and asynchronous tools like virtual meeting rooms and discussion boards lend themselves to collaborative upskilling and reskilling. When you leverage the full potential of your LMS, you can help every user be more productive and reach their goals.

Open LMS is dedicated to improving online learning for your teams. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you improve productivity.
Jeremy Schweitzer
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Jeremy Schweitzer

Product Manager at Open LMS

Senior leader in education technology with a proven track record of supporting enterprise clients. My team develops and implements learning solutions that support organizations’ strategic goals. As a former systems administrator and instructional designer, my technical knowledge and people skills drive a systems approach when I conduct needs assessments and design solutions. My focus is building sustainable options for my clients that are adaptive to evolving needs and challenges. In my current role with Open LMS, I work with three learning management systems building solutions for clients in higher ed, non-profit, government, and corporate sectors.

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