How to Engage Learners in Your LMS: Tips and Tricks

How to Engage Learners in Your LMS: Tips and Tricks

Your learners will get out of your Learning Management System (LMS) what they put into it. To make the most of any online learning platform, you need to engage learners virtually. LMS engagement initiatives will make the difference between an all-star elearning strategy and a middling one.

We want you to make the most of your learning management system. These proven learner engagement strategies will help you do exactly that.

Site News

We live in a world where most of us pay for our fair share of subscriptions. But we don’t always utilize the services we pay for as often as we should. Sometimes, you might even forget about them. Still, a simple email can call you right back.

You can use the site news tool in Elevate LMS to the same effect. Use it to remind learners of newly added content, upcoming events, as well as older content they might have missed. A well-written email will get your learners to engage with your LMS in no time.  

Diversity

As the old saying goes, variety is the spice of life. This applies as well to e-learning as it does to anything else.

Formal, curriculum-based learning has its place. But a complete education consists of more than just textbook and tests.

Diversify your learning portfolio as much as you can for better LMS engagement. Keep the learning experience from becoming mundane with the following educational tools:

  • Discussion boards
  • Microlearning videos, quizzes, and infographics
  • Integrated live events
  • Podcasts and other informal learning opportunities

When you incorporate this kind of variety into your LMS, you’ll realize it can even be just as easy engaging your learners online as in person.

Convenience

If your learners can only access your LMS when they sit down in front of a computer, then learner engagement will suffer. But if they can access it from their cell phone? That’s a whole different story.

Ease of access will make a world of difference for your LMS engagement levels. We’ve made Elevate LMS mobile functional, so learners can squeeze in quick microlearning sessions on the go.

Speaking of convenience, you know what’s really inconvenient? Juggling countless different passwords. If simply signing into an LMS is an obstacle, engagement will decline.

We streamline this process by incorporating SSO, or single sign-on. This plays a small but significant role in our quest to engage learners virtually.

Community

We believe that online learning experiences can be every bit as impactful as in-person ones. But we also recognize that a social component is essential for creating a more meaningful educational experience.

The more you look into how to engage learners virtually, the more you will realize that learning can’t exist without community.

Here’s the good news: online learning and community aren’t mutually exclusive. A good LMS will enable social, peer-to-peer learning.

Take the example of Elevate. Our learning management system offers forums and has an extensive integration with Higher Logic, an online community engagement platform. Let these social learning tools live at the center of your learner engagement strategy.

Engage Learners Virtually with Elevate LMS

Your organization’s education goals are bold. Elevate LMS can help you meet them. It contains all the tools you need to engage learners virtually and create a culture of learning.

Our award-winning online learning platform has helped hundreds of associations and nonprofits make their L&D aspirations a reality. Will yours be next?

When you’re ready to take your education strategy to new heights, get in touch with us. Reach out to Meghan Gowen at meghan.gowen@gocadmium.com. For more content like this, keep up with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

How to Create Microlearning with Elevate LMS

How to Create Microlearning with Elevate LMS

Microlearning is one of the biggest buzzwords in online learning. If you’re already familiar with the e-learning space, you don’t need us to tell you that. Breaking learning down into bite-sized chunks is intuitive, fun, and—most importantly—it gets results.

You don’t have to take it from us. Take a look at the research. Brief bursts of learning result in demonstrably greater knowledge retention than long-form content. Microlearning flattens the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve.

With our help, you can harness the power of this new mode of learning. Here are 5 ways that you can create microlearning with Elevate LMS.

1.    Mobile Functionality

Anyone can benefit from microlearning. But it’s ESPECIALLY suited to the generation that grew up with smartphones in their hands.

Most of us think of cell phones and similar mobile devices as strictly for utilitarian or entertainment purposes. Yet they can be powerful learning tools, too.

Elevate LMS is mobile functional. This allows learner to squeeze in quick study sessions on the bus, in line at the bank, or any other brief moment of downtime throughout the day.

2.    Short Videos

We’re quite accustomed to attending hour-long talks. But sometimes, no matter how effective the speaker or interesting the material, you just can’t give them your undivided attention. Not for long, anyway.

Around the 10-minute mark, attention might start to wane. Learning comes to a halt.

What’s the solution? Some would say coffee. We don’t disagree. But you know what might be better? A shorter lecture.

Right now, video is far-and-away the favorite microlearning format. Instead of including 30-minute instructional videos in your LMS, try 10, 5, or even 2-minute ones. Your users will remain more focused and have an easier time retaining what they’ve learned.

Stack enough of these microlearning videos on top of each other, and you’ll make no sacrifices in total knowledge transfer.

3.    Quizzes

Still, you’ll want to evaluate your learners’ progress. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to implement microlearning in your knowledge checks: quizzes.

You already know what quizzes are, but have you ever thought of them as an example of microlearning? If tests are macro, then quizzes are micro.

Elevate LMS makes it easy to craft quizzes that maximize learning and retention of knowledge.

Remember that even brief knowledge checks can pack a big punch. They reinforce the information your learners have just encountered, while also giving them a sense of where they might need to improve.

4.    Podcasts

We’re accustomed to thinking that podcasts should be long, but they really don’t have to be. Don’t blindly buy into the idea that informative audio needs to fulfill a half-hour or longer timeslot.

Why not experiment with a shorter podcast format? Try putting a couple 10-minute-long clips out there and see how your learners respond.

Without the intimidation of a long run-time, they might find it easier to listen into these sessions while doing the dishes, or on quick drives to the grocery store.

Short but informative podcasts are a spectacular informal learning tool in a microlearning format. Trim the fat from your audio materials and jump right to the chase for a better return on the time invested by your learners.

5.    Infographics

Forgive us for using the cliché, but here goes: a picture is worth a thousand words.

Like so many other cliches, this one gets repeated so often for a reason: it’s true. A single image can convey more information than a wall of text, and in a more intuitive, approachable format.

Start thinking of infographics as a prime example of microlearning at work in your LMS. Don’t bog them down with information. Make sure it’s easy to extract important info at a glance.

Don’t Forget Your Macrolearning Goals!

With these tools at your disposal, you now know how to implement microlearning into Elevate LMS.

But keep this in mind: none of the things we’ve listed above are microlearning on their own. They only become microlearning if they contribute toward a broader, macro goal.

Think of macrolearning as the main course of your education strategy. Microlearning is the appetizer and—if you do it right—the dessert, too. 

Create Microlearning with Elevate LMS

CommPartners knows what it takes to power enduring educational experiences. Our award-winning learning management system, Elevate LMS, contains all the tools you need to implement microlearning and propel the rapid intake of knowledge.

Let’s start a conversation. If you want to learn more about Elevate LMS or our managed event services, contact Meghan Gowen at Meghan.Gowen@gocadmium.com. Keep up with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

5 Podcasts We’re Listening to Right Now

5 Podcasts We’re Listening to Right Now

Happy International Podcast Day!

 

Whether you listen in the car, while you work, or just as a way to pass the time during quarantine, podcasts are a source of education, entertainment, and information. Over 50% of the US population has heard a podcast and there are over 1,000,000 podcasts out there to choose from. There are plenty of podcasts for association professionals that are great resources while planning your next virtual event, developing an eLearning strategy, or as a way to keep on top of things in your industry. If you’re looking for the next podcast to listen to during your workout, here are just a few we’re listening to on International Podcast Day:

 

Successful Associations Today – Mary Byers

As an established figure in the association space, Mary touches on every topic an association professional faces daily, while her guests provide valuable and actionable insights. There is something for everyone in the show.

 

Association Chat Podcast – KiKi L’Italien

Kiki features episodes and guests that go beyond the association world. These topics provide fuel for thought that can create a stronger organization that serves everyone.

 

 

Leading Learning Podcast – Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele

Leading Learning offers great perspectives on implementing eLearning strategies within your organization. Some episodes feature learning professionals and some you can find Jeff and Celisa discussing learning methods.

 

Meeting Minds – EideCom

This show talks about planning and hosting events. We recommend checking out 11 Virtual Event Mistakes. It has excellent tips for what to avoid while navigating the virtual event world!

 

Gather Geeks – BizBash

BizBash brings us another events-based podcast. This show centers around events, mostly in-person, but there’s been increased conversation about virtual events since the pandemic. Plus, this show has a lot to offer about conferences, meetings, and other events that would interest association professionals.

 

 

 

Podcasts also serve as a great professional development tool. Supplement instructional learning with a podcast or reinforce your webinar’s main thoughts by adding a podcast that drives the point home. Including podcasts and other resources to diversify your LMS content provides your learners with a robust learning experience.

Tell us what you like to listen to! Tweet us at @CommPart.

If you’re interested in learning how to incorporate podcasts into your Elevate LMS, please contact Meghan Gowen mgowen@commpartners.com.

2020 LMS Considerations: Platform Organization and Taxonomy

2020 LMS Considerations: Platform Organization and Taxonomy

Imagine going to Amazon to purchase a new book and there is no search feature. You have to scroll through every single item Amazon sells until you come across the book you wanted. Phew, nightmare over. Not only does Amazon have a search bar, but it anticipates what you’re looking for, recommends what you might want next based on previous purchases, and items are organized into categories so you can easily search for what you’re looking for on your own.

Continuing our more in-depth look into CommPartners, CEO, Rich Feinstein’s The Evolution of the Association LMS: 10 Considerations for 2020, let’s talk about organizing content. Whether you’ve just implemented your LMS and you’re starting fresh with your organization system, or you’ve had it for years and you’re learning catalog could use a critical eye, a good taxonomy strategy is essential.

For many associations, their LMS is the primary source for education and connection since the pandemic started and their digital assets are growing. Creating a simple way to search and find content is essential for learners. There are several taxonomy and organization strategies to optimize searching and presentation of content:

 

“The more robust your taxonomy is, the better you’re empowering the LMS to meet your goals and changing goals,” Arianne Urena, Elevate Implementation and Project Manager. Arianne recommends establishing a taxonomy strategy as your first step when implementing your LMS. Consider these questions when developing your strategy:

  • What content is offered on your site? Make a list of everything.
  • What is the priority of each offering? Start with the essential items for your learners and then add in the supplemental pieces.
  • Which assets are revenue generators? Mark those.
  • Who is your audience? Are they familiar with an LMS? New members? Old members? How are they accessing the LMS? Member role? Job type? Apply the necessary categories.
  • Use case: How will they navigate? How long does it take for them to find an asset? How do you correct any navigation delays?
  • What is the ideal layout for your content on your LMS? What is the first thing a learner sees on the site? Second, third, fourth?

Once you’ve organized your content and you’ve established a robust taxonomy strategy, you can apply other organizational methods:

  • One-click imagery or terms: Make finding content a snap by organizing it into categories and requiring only “one-click” to navigate.
  • Keyword search: Include a keyword search bar on your LMS site so learners can search through your well organized content library.  
  • Personalized learning paths: To help your learners get started on their learning journey and navigate through all the content options, provide them with personalized learning pathways based on career paths, member roles, etc. with the individualized attention of an “advisor” from your staff. To learn how to create these paths, join us for our upcoming webinar Creating Personalized Learning Journeys.
  • Self-Assessment Quiz: This is your chance to become the advisor. CommPartners’ Elevate has a new feature that allows administrators to gauge competency and make personalized content recommendations to learners based on their quiz results. Click here to find out more about the self-assessment quiz feature.

 

Creating a simple and easy-to-follow path to content within your LMS will eliminate frustration while encouraging your learners to register and keep coming back for more. To learn more about organization options for your LMS or Elevate, contact Meghan Gowen at mgowen@commpartners.com.

2020 LMS Considerations: Blog Series

2020 LMS Considerations: Blog Series

We are now more than half-way through 2020, and this has been a year of adaptation and finding new ways to engage learners. At the start of this year, our CEO, Rich Finstein, published The Evolution of the Association LMS: 10 Considerations for 2020, a resource outlining how associations can ensure they are getting the most out of their LMS by increasing impact and reach in 2020. And now, in a time where membership is meeting and learning online more than ever, these ideas seem to speak louder.

We feel these topics can be explored further and are ideas that do not expire in 2020. In this series, we’re taking a deeper look into some of the tactics presented in this resource. Check back monthly for the remainder of the year to see which topic we’ll be covering next! First up, Community and Learning.

Take a look at Rich’s 10 Considerations for 2020 here if you haven’t already!