As the manager of your organization, you’ve discovered that your team is having trouble in reaching and maintaining the goals that were set at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, you already know the cause of this performance: Your employees are not expanding their full potential because they need to update and strengthen their professional skills.
While researching on the existing options to deliver training, you found out that online education applied to organizations has great advantages, as it allows you to reduce costs, store and reuse every instructional content in one place, and know exactly the behavior and performance of your staff. Learning Management Systems (LMS) are the latest trend to bring continuous training through online courses that can be taken anywhere, at any time.
The question now is: Among the many options in the market, what platform should you use? What are the features your organizations needs to obtain an effective training? What is the platform that best suits the needs and conditions of your team?
It doesn’t have to be that complicated
Let’s imagine this scenario: You, as the manager, have closed the deal and authorized the investment to get the solution your team needs. The day of the installation comes and you realize it is not going to be easy. An IT specialist is required to proceed, and people won’t stop talking about servers, hardware, and other equipment. Anyhow, you don’t understand much of the tech stuff (not your field!). You just want to see the thing installed, up and running.
“How much will the installation take?”
“Between 18 and 24 months”.
Once the installation of the learning system has been completed, the implementation process is good to go. But then, your administrator enters the platform and is not pleasantly surprised: The system in unintelligible. It is not clear where one is supposed to go first, there’s no clear guide on what steps to take, the design is uninviting and there are intricate, specific terms that nobody understands. And if the administrator is having a hard time, we can already predict that everybody else will be equally or even more lost.
You would need to train your team to use the training system… and honestly, you don’t have time for that.
“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
Brainstorming solutions to a problem isn’t the hardest part; identifying the right solution that makes people’s lives easier is. Following Jobs’ argument, reaching the simplification of the solution requires an arduous and previous work of analysis. You must pinpoint the difficulties, evaluate the best alternatives and choose the option that allows you to obtain more with less. This demands good judgment in filtering the essentials and discarding the unnecessary.
This mindset has influenced our work at Teachlr Organizations. It even has become a key value that guides our project: “Simplicity always”. Life itself is complicated enough. Let’s make it easier.
“The platform must be friendly and intuitive”
Simplicity as a value is something we share with our clients of Teachlr. In fact, one of their main demands is getting a platform that is practical, simple and easy to use.
With Teachlr Organizations, this simplicity can be experienced from the get-go, as the platform is installed automatically (yes, you read correctly -the installation is automatic). Once you define the URL of your online school, you and your team just place the domain on the browser’s search bar and enter right away. No IT specialists, additional servers, and extra hardware are required.
After the installation, the customization of the platform is the next step. It takes only a few minutes: Once you’re in, you’re able to set the colors, the logo and voilà. Remember, this is the online school of your organization and must look as such.
And next, comes the main advantage: its usability.
According to the annual LMS Trends Survey carried out by the Brandon Hall Group, many organizations assess that their investment is excessive considering that platforms are hard to use and don’t provide the data they require. Only 43% of such organizations assure that the services they acquired satisfy their needs. Moreover, 34% of organizations give their learning platforms a score of 1-2 out of 5 for usability. This indicates that companies are just looking for the tools and features they require, not more.
On Teachlr we have observed these insights carefully and have taken them into account when developing our services.
As a result, we have built an interface, in which anybody, regardless of technology knowledge and skills, can use his or her online school without complications. We have put an emphasis in making the platform as simple as possible, so organizations won’t have to hire an IT specialist and dedicate time in training the team to start using the learning system.
On Teachlr Organizations, steps are signaled with easy and understandable terms, making it simple to:
Invite users via emails or CSV.
Assign courses to users and groups.
As a young platform, we’ve had the privilege to develop the tools and features according to the needs and demands of our customers. This has allowed us to adapt to the conditions of the market, and more importantly, to include merely what our clients require -not more, or less. Consequently, Teachlr stands out for its simplicity and usability.
A successful training is the one that allows your team to learn and strengthen its professional skills. However, such training will depend on how much users get involved, take the courses, ask and answer questions, and complete the assessments. To accomplish the optimal participation of every member, a simple and intuitive platform is key.
Simplicity is a pivotal ingredient in allowing your organization to reach and surpass its goals. Yes, simplicity is able to move mountains.