10 things to look for when you’re choosing a learning platform
There’s a broad selection of learning platforms with a varying range of features, and it can be hard to gauge which ones are right for your organization. We’ve compiled an overview of 10 important things to keep an eye out for when you’re making your choice.
1. AI curated, adaptive learning
With the right solution, the user is provided with curated information, based on their needs and prior results. You can avoid unnecessary repetition and automatically set the optimum level of difficulty and challenge. This reduces the time to competency.
Learning platforms that are accessible provide information and learning objects on the same terms for everyone. As of late 2020, there are legal requirements for public service websites with regards to accessibility, and we’re seeing that this will expand to cover other applications over time.
3. Indexing and search
A digital repository can help you store content in a centralized database. Using metadata and semantic technology, you can index your content and learning objects, and make them easy to find.
4. Native app
A native app means that the content is displayed in a customized app on your mobile device, not just a web page. It provides a convenient and user-friendly experience for the user without distractions.
5. Offline content
When network connectivity is limited, like on a commute or when users are in the field, having content available offline allows users to always have access to the correct information. Not just when they’re at their desk.
6. Push notifications
Push notifications can reach the user and drive engagement. Microlearning content can be pushed out when it suits you the best.
7. Versioning and automatic content updates
Keep track of changes to the materials, and make sure that changes to one piece of information are reflected in other relevant places in your materials. A modern LCMS platform will help you connect these dots.
8. Collaborative content creation and rapid authoring
Collaborate to create content faster, enabling large, coordinated productions. Your platform should support roles, rights and processes to simplify this work. Your SMEs, stakeholders and external customers can work together, building your content on the platform.
9. Language and translation management
There are platforms that can translate and localize your content using artificial intelligence. The AI engine is trained using the materials you have produced, so the more you use it, the higher the quality of the translations become over time. If you don’t need AI translations, the platform should at least support XLIFF files, to simplify interacting with a translation agency.
10. Learning metrics
A dashboard with turnkey or custom learning metrics provides you with actionable insights. It allows you to take action at the right time and make the necessary changes in the right places. You get more time to focus on materials that need to be improved and support your employees better.
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