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March 12, 2020

Online Learning Management System: 5 Signs of Boredom

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Your online learning management system can't drive strategic business initiatives if it fails to capture learner intrigue. Learners want to engage with relevant learning and development material. However, your online learning management system could be inadvertently preventing continual LMS engagement among your learners. It may be time to address disengagement with a renewed LMS strategy.

Here are five signs your learners could be more engaged with your LMS:

1. Learners aren't applying new skills

Learners who are disengaged with L&D content may fail knowledge assessments or struggle to apply skills after training. Learners may not meet the desired metrics for L&D activities, such as improved customer satisfaction or team productivity.

An online management system should foster engagement by providing relevant, personalized learning activities that continuously adapt to a learner's needs. Delivering training in context can shorten the gap between knowledge and competency with learning in the flow of work.

2. Learners are struggling to complete assignments

Learners who need multiple chances to complete assigned eLearning courses may be struggling with long-form content or one-size-fits-all learning journeys. An LMS shouldn't be a digital delivery system for long, classroom-style lectures.

"By populating easily digestible videos, tips or other content inside the [platform] ... companies can transform learning from being a destination to being completely aligned to tasks," says Absorb Software CEO Mike Owens in "The Times Learning and Development Report 2019."

3. Learners aren't collaborating

Disengaged learners may pass assessments, but if they fail to engage with peers, they're missing out. The majority of workplace learning occurs through interpersonal communication and collaboration on the job. Bersin by Deloitte calculates 80% of learning occurs via interaction and knowledge sharing between teammates, managers and peers.

Social learning LMS features facilitate collaborative engagement around eLearning content. Some LMS display profiles of individuals who have related subject matter expertise or learners who have completed a course. This can foster engagement beyond the LMS and encourage learners to form new connections with experts within the organization.

4. Learners complete the bare minimum requirements

Once annual training requirements are fulfilled, disengaged learners log out. Minimal voluntary learning is a signal of "bare minimum syndrome." A new LMS can re-engage learners with social collaboration features and microlearning in the flow of work.

Seventy-four percent of employees say they want to learn in their spare time, per the LinkedIn Learning "2019 Workplace Learning Report." An LMS should serve as a portal to satisfy learners' curiosity on their own terms.

5. You're receiving negative learner feedback

Negative feedback is a clear sign of dissatisfied learners. "When employees say 'I don't have time for training', what they really mean is 'your training is a waste of time to me'. They always have time to Google a problem," says L&D leader Nick Shackleton-Jones.

In the YouTube era, people expect to get bite-sized answers to their questions on demand. A searchable library of microlearning resources with easy-to-achieve learning objectives can engage learners on any device. Powerful LMS search functionality with machine learning can generate personalized content recommendations that improve over time.

Engage learners on their terms

The right LMS solutions and strategies will foster engagement among your blended learner population by meeting their needs for on-demand, convenient and relevant learning experiences.

Discover how Absorb LMS can drum up excitement around your organization's L&D efforts. Sign up for a quick demo today.