How does the LMS (Learning Management System) motivate learners?

Let’s start first with defining what “learner engagement” is because despite it being a buzzword, many still don’t fully grasp what it means. It is simply the measuring tool that demonstrates the quality and quantity of the learner’s participation in their educational program as well as the interaction the learners have with co-learners and instructors. That engagement manifests in the learner’s tendency and ability to be active, inspired, motivated, eager to participate and to be willing to exert effort. Thereby, if a learner only completes his or her assignments without being interested in class-related activities or answering webinars and forum questions and gets bad results, he or she most likely lacks engagement.
When learners, be it employees or students are motivated and driven towards self-development, they become far more efficient and productive. The training’s ROI gets maximized when direct and positive influence when delivering a training is exercised on the organization’s bottom line.

Let’s explore together the outcome of high learner-engagement.

First, there will be lower dropout rates since that engaging content keeps learners eager enough to complete their training or course successfully.
Secondly, higher retention of knowledge because when learners are mentally, emotionally and behaviorally involved in their courses, they understand knowledge presented to them better and not only that, but they’re also more likely to retain it.
Finally, improved learner performance, learners who commit to investing themselves in the training program provided by their organization for them to learn and develop, tend to perform better at their job as well as personal growth which helps them move up the organizational ladder.
That is achieved through:
  1. Building a culture of learning.
  2. Enhancing communication and promoting collaboration
  3. Creating workplace creativity
  4.  Improving employee efficiency
  5.  Providing rewarding experiences

Let’s now move to exploring the essential features an LMS must have.

1. Blended learning:
Combining online learning with traditional in-class teaching is basically using “the best of both worlds”. We apply this approach at UMAMI, as we create and customize LMSs depending on our partner’s needs and wants. Still, we always ensure that the platform contains conferencing and webinar features for online learning to be paired with face-to-face activities. This method reduces the time consumed in person and adds further flexibility and fun through online components.
3. Using SCORM:
SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model. UMAMI’s LMS allows you to present content using SCORM, which includes presentations, videos, assessments and assessment tools, and activities. Our instructional designers and developers create advanced content using SCORM tools tailored specifically for the course’s learning objective and the audience taking that course.
2. Using gamification:
Since that gamification is a very hot topic nowadays, it has become a must-have feature in online learning. Some of the most important features that we adopt at UMAMI are:
  • Points for progress
  • Unlocking levels as the learner’s progress
  • Peer competition
  • Interactive progress bar
  • Quizzes and exercises
  • Prizes, rewards and recognition
4. Feedback Features:
Open feedback acts as a quite effective tool for engaging learners online. In addition, it provides instructors, developers, and instructional designers with crucial information that can be used to improve courses. Also, the rating feature gives instructors an overview of the learner’s level as well as experience.
Finally, increasing learner engagement, overcoming learning barriers, and employing well-set strategies for motivating learners can all be achieved and maintained through using your LMS to its highest potential.

Sources:

https://www.talentlms.com/ebook/learner-engagement/how-lms-can-help

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