Cloud-based learning: A new frontier in learning management system

Education Technology Insights | Monday, December 17, 2018


Cloud-based learning and training are useful for students and trainees regardless of small or large organizations. Today organizations are very keen to adopt cloud-based training. Also, it has a growing demand among learners. According to a study of Forbes, between 2014 and 2018 the growth of cloud-based learning is from $2.5B to $8B.

Cloud-based learning management systems are web-based platforms. They are used to automate the entire training program as course delivery, registration, assignments, and course completion. Following are some of the benefits cloud provides to the learning and training structures to the companies:

Makes organized: An agile and optimally functional team produces the best quality of work. When an employee in such team left, the team loses pace until a new member is trained. But generally, training remains insufficient or take time. If the training material is deposited on the cloud, which maintains the materials in a planned manner, or schedule that sits within a resource management tool, the training and onboarding systems remain seamless. It helps people to pick up from where the others left.

Enhancing productivity level: Upskilling through cloud provides trainees the information and pace that gives them the autonomy to choose the curriculum themselves. Unlike a forced academic setup of trainings, the cloud is simultaneous. Cloud gives employees the required break between monotonous tasks.

Customization: Cloud-based training is cost effective and offers best in the forms of customizability. It allows the administrators to customize the learning pages to make the learners more engaged with the contents.

Scalability: Traditional training and learning consist of some risks as inconsistency, where learners are not given the same materials, assessments, facilitation or on-the-job training opportunities. Inconsistent training is followed by skills gaps that persist among trainees who have already been trained.

Cybersecurity: Cloud computing is secured than traditional computing because private companies attract hackers. The improved cybersecurity pays off when it comes to critical corporate training as compliance training. In some cases, the short delays in delivering training to the intended learners affect companies’ ability to remain productive and legally compliant.  Moreover, if the training materials are hacked, changed, deleted, or shared with the competitors, companies have to face the consequences.

User-friendly: Ease of use of the features of the training and learning is the indication of how important it is to get the ease of use right for the learners of organizations. Cloud-based learning offers a standardized version of an application to all customers.

Companies should be conscious of their employees’ wants and needs. Cloud-based learning helps in that by providing a new system, which increases their skills and engagement.

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