What is the use of an LMS?


The main utility of a learning platform is to pilot training within a company. Indeed, an LMS makes it possible to manage all the aspects related to a training strategy: support for a community of learners, integration of a teaching team and management of all budgetary aspects.

In addition, an platform is scalable and certain functionalities can be acquired “à la carte” according to the needs of companies. Finally, the LMS will centralize the entire documentary system of a company’s training department.

Deployment Of An LMS Platform

To optimize the usefulness of an LMS platform, it is important to choose the way in which it is deployed. Two main types of people have access to it: The teaching team (including trainers, training manager, learning community manager, etc.) who will animate the community and share content.

Learners who will interact with the teaching team and other trainees (if the LMS integrates internal social network features) and download content.

There Are Several Ways To Deploy An LMS:

The cloud in SaaS mode : all data will be stored on computer servers of the e-learning platform provider. For the business, this means there is no infrastructure to buy or provision. In addition, this system is easier to maintain on a daily basis thus reducing costs.

In addition, there is no technical update to implement, it is up to the supplier to take care of it. In addition, a cloud-hosted platform is easier to use for learners because they have no software to install and simply need to have a username and password to connect and access their personal space.

Self-hosting or “on allowed” mode : this option requires hosting an e-learning platform on your own servers. If this solution may seem attractive, because it leaves more room for maneuver to the company, it is nevertheless very expensive.

Indeed, technical maintenance will require a larger IT infrastructure including the recruitment of specialized labor, hosting, security, backup of stored resources, etc. specialists trained within the IT department.

 What Are The Main Advantages Of An LMS Platform?

We have drawn up a (non-exhaustive) list of the main advantages of the LMS for a trainer or more generally for a teaching team: FOR THE TRAINER / ADMINISTRATOR: – The learning platform stores and manages data securely.

The trainer is better able to adapt the content of his training to the trainers. Indeed, thanks to certain indicators provided by the LMS (for example: document download rate), he can choose to share a particular resource by modifying it according to the expectations of the learners.

The learner’s progress is regularly checked thanks to a report that the trainer can personalize according to his objectives. An LMS platform often offers a technical assistance service to e-learning training teams. Most LMS platforms being scalable, trainers can have new features (internal social network, email, etc.) in order to offer a better learning experience.

For Learners: – FAD (distance learning) is personalized according to each learner and its interface is easy to use.

The online platform is easily accessible, without geographical or time limits. A simple internet connection is enough to connect to it.

– The online learning platform is “responsive design”, ie it automatically adapts to the tool used (tablet, laptop, computer, etc.) optimizing the reading of text or video content.

This allows the learner to learn wherever he is.

 Learners can find all the information and content they need on a single platform. 

Trainees can easily exchange with the teaching team. They therefore do not need to access their e-mail.

The Functionalities Of An LMS Platform

The functionalities of an LMS revolve mainly around the main areas: learning and management of the community of learners. Each software publisher or supplier of LMS platforms therefore offers different options that can be configured or activated according to the needs of companies.

Thus, any LMS hosts educational content and allows the learner to access it. The trainer can also connect to this platform and access this information.

In addition to these basic mandatory features, here are some additional, but frequently offered features:

Course Design

LMS platforms often allow you to directly create courses, assessments, quizzes, exams etc. In addition, access to certain courses can also be controlled, just as it is possible to integrate other courses, without using hyperlinks. Pupil monitoring: an LMS platform provides precise information about its pupils and monitors their progress using performance indicators.

Diversification Of The Educational Offer

LMS online platforms increasingly offer a function allowing the integration of a gamification dimension into training. This makes training more fun. In this case, the online platform integrates a system of rewards, in the form of points, badges, stars, titles, or other rankings. An LMS platform works “by brick”, it is thus easier for a trainer or an educational team to integrate new activities such as online tutoring.

Additional LMS Functionalities In Management

It is impossible to list all the features offered by an LMS as the market diversifies and publishers innovate to offer new options and features. However, we have compiled a list of the most frequently offered features; Integrated reporting system: y ou have precise statistics per learner or for a group of learners allowing you to evaluate your training.

Compliance and / or certification system: some online platforms provide proof of obtaining certification or a diploma at the end of training. These elements can then be used again by the company in the event of an audit.

E-learning Assessment Software:

An LMS often offers several different but complementary assessment methods. Many are offering e-Learning templates, equivalent to training assessment tools, directly integrated into the LMS platform.

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