A cloud-based LMS opens your organization up to a multitude of new functions. Find out how the SaaS model can augment your LMS platform with the latest innovation in learning technology – expanding your capabilities, streamlining your processes, and simplifying your business.
So you’ve been entertaining the idea of hosting your eLearning programs on a cloud-based Learning Management System. You’ve heard that they meet the demands of a modern organization, save both time and money – and much more.
In fact, according to Forbes, between 2014 and 2018, the LMS market is expected to grow from $2.5 billion to $8 billion, and new reports indicate that organizations are more and more likely to adopt a cloud-based LMS.
In fact, according to a recent market report, cloud-based LMSs and eLearning will help to expand the global eLearning market and support newer innovations like microlearning, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR).
With microlearning applications, for example, cloud technologies can augment and synchronize data processing capacities for smartphones. Further, cloud-based LMSs can easily address the computing and digital engine speed requirements for demanding VR/AR applications. So rather than forcing rapid and expensive upgrades to devices using VR/AR, a cloud-based model can more easily and cost-effectively enhance device infrastructure, while still being adaptable to the ever-growing changes, demands, and upgrades necessary for an evolving technology like VR/AR.
By offering increased accessibility to such cutting-edge learning technologies, it really comes as no surprise why cloud-based LMSs are growing exponentially in popularity.
So now after you’ve done your due diligence—you’ve researched the systems and read reviews—are still unsure about why you should choose a cloud-based Learning Management System?
Here, we’ll demystify cloud-based LMSs so you can decide if they’re right for you. Let’s start with the basics.
Cloud-based Learning Management Systems are hosted on the internet and can be accessed by logging into a web portal and don’t require you to install specific hardware or software in order to access and use it.
Think of this way: Most social applications are cloud-based – and businesses have now taken notice and considered employing a cloud-based SaaS LMS model, too.
Software as a service (SaaS) is a cloud-based subscription model. With a SaaS LMS, you pay a subscription in order to gain access to the software. Further, SaaS allows you to scale your subscription level to meet your business’s needs – rather than paying for a one-size-fits-all license.
Cloud-based LMSs allow you to offer flexible, cost-efficient, and effective eLearning to students and employees with minimal start-up costs, automatic upgrades and updates, quick deployment capabilities, and enhanced security.
Here, in no particular order, are 10 advantages of employing a cloud-based LMS.
Cloud-based LMSs don’t have complex and time-consuming installation processes which means you can create your portal, brand it, create courses, and manage enrollments from day one. And because cloud-based LMSs resemble social media platforms, there is a familiarity that makes it much easier to adapt and use.
Whether you have a large organization or a small startup, a cloud-based LMS is a solid long-term investment as they are easily scalable to accommodate a growing number of learners. Additionally, they provide the ability to manage and promote certain users to ensure that everyone gets the online training they need when they need it.
Cloud-based Learning Management Systems allow you and your learners to access the software from a variety of mobile devices and bonus! some cloud-based systems also provide real-time reporting. And arguably most importantly, they also allow learners to train on any device to increase adoption and improve training completion.
A cloud-based solution can automate your entire training program, including course delivery, registration, assignments, course completions, and more. Easy to use and user-focused, cloud-based LMSs facilitate learning by ensuring learners have easy access to training materials from anywhere at their exact point of need.
Cloud-based LMSs are very affordable as they typically cost a few hundred dollars per month. You simply purchase your subscription, log in to the system, and migrate your data. Further, you can select desired features instead of paying for bundled features you don’t need, and you don’t have to pay for maintenance, upkeep, and support.
All you need is an internet connection, a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and a login and password, and you’re set. Access the platform from anywhere in the world so dispersed learners are able to remotely access resources anytime from anywhere, such as online training courses and performance reports.
A globally distributed workforce can remotely access learning programs from a centralized repository, ensuring consistency, and seamless delivery and evaluation of content across geographies. Every member of your team can work on their respective tasks, upload them directly to the system, and leverage built-in feedback tools.
Cloud-based LMSs allow users to share information and ideas without having to worry about data being lost or stolen as they are hosted securely on platforms that are better encrypted and safer to use. To take security even further, some LMSs allow administrators to enforce SSLs, making sure all connections are secure.
All of your data, including images and content, will be uploaded directly to the LMS, freeing up space on your devices and hard drives. And collaborators and content creators will also be able to share information stored on remote servers without worrying about file or account size.
A cloud-based Learning Management System doesn’t require the installation of software onto your company’s hardware system. Instead, the software is managed by the Learning Management System provider so all you have to do is log in, create your course content, and manage the distribution of your courses.
Continuing education is critical to establishing a competitive advantage and long-term success in business as technology has enabled jobs and industries to evolve faster than ever before. But that same technology can help your business create more effective learning environments easier, quicker and for much less than ever before.
Bottom line: Cloud-based Learning Management Systems can enhance your eLearning program by empowering you to manage your training and development from anywhere in the world with little more than an internet-connected device, propelling your company ahead of its competition.