Imagine being told 10 years ago that nearly everything of any significance would exist in some nebulous ‘cloud’ somewhere far, far away.
It doesn’t sound crazy now but do you remember the first time you heard it – the first time someone tried, likely in vain, to explain the concept of storing all of your most important data in something that’s quite literally nothing?
‘Yeah, so it’s this, um, invisible – err – intangible, uh, place. Or storage thing. And it can keep all of your data, documents, photos, music – your everything – safe. But you can’t see it; you just have to trust that everything you migrate there will be safe and stored forever. You in?’
Fast forward to 10 years later: now, we take for granted just how cloud-based our lives really are. Somehow, some way, we all slowly bought into this invisible, intangible notion and somehow, some way, it paid off – as this article is written on a Google Chromebook with nary a hard drive in sight.
And, unsurprisingly, cloud-based technologies have made their foray into eLearning, too, in the form of cloud-based learning management systems, or cloud LMSs.
Cloud-based learning management systems are hosted on the internet – whatever that means, right? – and can be accessed by logging into a web portal without the installation of specific hardware or software in order to access and use it.
(We can all agree that ‘the cloud’ is seriously genius, right?)
So here, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the cloud, from why your beloved LMS will soon be DOA, to all the benefits you will reap once you do.
Fair warning: We’re going in for a hard close.
Learning technology, just like every technology, has a shelf life in order to evolve to meet the needs of its users. As such, the LMS is quickly losing ground.
Why? Because where current LMSs lack flexibility and technological capabilities, cloud LMSs now boast a hybrid of social media, communication platforms, and engagement features that foster higher collaboration and informal learning.
But until recently, it was all that was available – and that was better than nothing. We needed an LMS but now, we don’t have to settle.
Find out what awaits you in the cloud. Here, in no particular order, are 10 advantages of employing a cloud-based LMS.
You can create your portal, brand it, create courses, and manage enrollments from day one, without any complex and time-consuming installation processes.
The software is managed by the LMS provider so all you have to do is log in, create your course content, and manage the distribution of your courses.
Cloud-based learning management systems are accessible from a variety of mobile devices and allow learners to train on any device to increase adoption and improve training completion.
Cloud-based LMSs are cost-effective as you simply purchase your subscription, log in to the system, and migrate your data – all without having to pay for maintenance, upkeep, and support.
Cloud-based LMSs are easily scalable to accommodate a growing number of learners and provide the ability to manage and promote certain users to ensure that everyone gets the online training they need when they need it.
With an internet connection, a laptop, smartphone or tablet, and a login and password, learners can access the platform from anywhere in the world at any time from anywhere.
A remote workforce can access learning programs from a centralized repository, and every member of your team can work tasks, upload them directly to the system, and leverage built-in feedback tools.
A cloud-based LMS can automate your entire training program, including course delivery, registration, assignments, course completions, and more.
Cloud-based LMSs are hosted securely on platforms that are encrypted and safer to use, with some LMSs allowing administrators to enforce SSLs, making sure all connections are secure.
All of your data, including images and content, will be uploaded directly to the cloud LMS, freeing up space on your devices and hard drives without worrying about file or account size.
With an internet connection, an internet-enabled device and a seriously shallow learning curve, a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) can be all that stands in the way of you and a safe, compliant, educated and well-trained workforce.