Learning management systems have evolved immensely in the last several years. The rise of social learning has certainly informed and help shape the features of the modern LMS and corporate training culture. Community and collaboration are now vital to the success of an online learning academy. An LMS such as FUEL Learn helps make this happen effectively, by bringing remote working staff together and allowing the sharing of information and experience.
Online learning community
A corporate online learning community is simply a group of individuals who work together in accomplishing the objectives of the organisation. A group is far more capable of achieving training success than a single individual, and community functionality in an LMS allows this to happen.
When a member of the group is struggling with a particular concept, fellow employees are able assist and support.
Learners get inspired by their colleagues, which allows your weakest performers an opportunity of being able to raise their performance.
With a community forum, which allows for social interaction any time of day, learners tend to be active beyond normal working hours.
Staff are given more ability and freedom to engage, thereby increasing the opportunities for learning.
Individual are given a place to express their sense of humour and playfulness, lightening the learning environment and increasing camaraderie.
How to build one
Your corporate training community needs to cater specifically to the needs of your staff so that it can be truly effective. It is worth surveying your staff beforehand to find out what they would like.
Choosing the right online learning platform and provider is very important. FUEL has the right experience and skill to incorporate community forums, webinars, message boards, calendars and more into our LMS. We also have the people to help you effectively onboard and manage the solution for you.
Moderators must be appointed to encourage participation, welcome new users, give support and quietly monitor forums.
As it is a learning space, an archive of training material should be available on the platform as a resource for users to access anytime.
Keep it going
In order to keep your online community thriving, users must be kept engaged and motivated. Gamification is a good way of doing this. Merit badges can be given to identify members in different ways, stars can be awarded for achievements, and different tiers can be attributed to users with certain levels of activity. Regular competitions can also be run for things such as ‘Post of the Week’.
Whatever your needs, FUEL can build a platform to match. If you are not sure what those needs are, our people can help you determine them.