I’m headed to Las Vegas for an Elliott Masie show for companies that buy and sell LMS (Learning Management Systems) software. A few years ago this was all the buzz, and it will be interesting to see where they’ve gone.
The idea is that if you buy this expensive (1M+ once you’ve installed it, set it up, taught people, moved data) software you can then “manage” all of the learning that goes on in your company. Employees log in, and you can give them “required” courses they have to complete — like privacy training, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, etc. In-person, online, e-learning, and other modes are supported.
In the large software company I used to work for, it was considered more of an annoyance than an asset. It was cumbersome to use, very poor interfaces, and you could just let the training run in the background while you did other work — and you were “certified” as having completed the course.
The days of “managing” how people learn are pretty much gone. It will be interesting to see if these LMS suppliers have realized that, and (more importantly) have modified their thinking to actually make the investment worthwhile.