Technology continues to transform the way we work and the way we learn. But when it comes to Learning Management Systems (LMS), the promise continues to outweigh the reality according to a new report from the research team at the Brandon Hall Group.
While technology represents about 28% of an organization’s overall learning budget— more than anything except for internal headcount—according to Brandon Hall, the satisfaction with today’s LMS solutions remains alarmingly low.
Scores for a range of typical LMS success factors all fell below 3.5 out of 5 in the survey, with scores for meeting ROI expectations, reporting and analytics, and ease of integration all falling below 3 out of 5.
More than one in three (38%) of respondents are actively looking to replace their current LMS, while a similar figure (31%) would not recommend their current solution to a colleague.
As the researchers point out: “this is not exactly a ringing endorsement for a market estimated to reach $7.83 billion by 2018.”
As an antidote to this mass dissatisfaction, Brandon Hall has issued four critical calls to action for learning technology which we’ll look at in a short series of blog posts, the first of which is how technology is supporting learning behaviors:
Use Technology to Support the Learning Strategy, not Dictate it
Brandon Hall found that many companies are still allowing learning programs to be driven by the technology available to them, rather than remaining true to the actual requirements of the business.
While some companies are constrained by the limitations of their LMS, Brandon Hall found the influence of technology to be even stronger in the 43% of companies that did not have a formal learning strategy in place.
At GlobalEnglish, we believe a formal learning strategy is a critical piece of an organization’s overall Talent Management strategy, and work with clients to ensure their investments in Business English learning are aligned directly with overall business objectives.
Brandon Hall also found that many LMS solutions are inhibiting, rather than accelerating, the move towards blended learning which most organizations are striving for, because the technologies being used are designed primarily to support formal learning.
With a technology platform built to support informal and on-the-job learning, as well as formal learning, we’ve helped clients implement effective virtual blended learning solutions around the globe with a high degree of personalization, consistent quality and on-demand results tracking.
Educationalists have long proven the benefits of blended learning solutions over standalone classroom environments, now it’s up to technologists to ensure that their adoption is accelerated by providing a greater user experience, measurable return on investment and broader integration potential.
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