Business managers are often convinced of a number of clichés related to elearning platforms, what they do and how they represent a cost. Sure, ours is a biased view, but in this post we would like to try to dispel the 5 main myths and commonplaces.
The platform is a cost and not an investment
Any expense, seen regardless of the context, is a cost .
However, if we consider it in relation to how long and how much money it can save, comparing any course delivered in the classroom to large populations and the same course delivered online, the return on investment is so evident that it hardly deserves further comments... 🙂
The platform can only provide online training
Maybe this was true 15 years ago, but LMS has evolved a lot in the meantime and today they can
- manage different forms of learning (classroom training, social and informal learning, webinar...)
- manage the online sale of courses through an integrated or integrable e-commerce cart
- automatically manage typical activities of a Human Resources office, such as automatic delivery of certificates, management of skills and assessment…
- manage deadlines for microlearning activities
- manage deadlines for compulsory training
- offer environments for sharing and exchanging business knowledge
- integrate and exchange data with other company applications.
The platform is not a strategic application
Ok, it does not handle financial transactions (except in the case of the sale of online courses, as just seen). But given the vast impact on one's human capital, one could say that somehow it is strategic anyway .
Managing a platform involves a lot of work
Certainly someone has to manage the platform (user master data, courses, materials, certificates, monitoring the progress of courses) but managing training WITHOUT the platform involves less work?
In general, an application should allow you to automate activities and free staff from repetitive tasks, to allow them to do their real work.
In this context, an LMS basically does save a lot of work.
Adopting a platform is a complicated process
In part this is true, but no more than for the realization of any other project.
The first steps of a choice and implementation process are obviously identifying one's own objectives and benchmarking the existing solutions (and none of this yet refers to the implementation).
Only after the choice can we talk about the process of adopting a platform.
Apart from the fact that making this transition easy is exactly our job as elearning consultants , and the thing we like most to do thanks to our Forma Lms elearning platform , in any case it is a process that ends in a few weeks or months .
If you've ever gone through the process of adopting or replacing an ERP, this type of timing will make you smile.
There may be other false myths to dismantle. Do you know any of them?