ROI on your LMS! 

10.12.17 in Articles

Purchasing or licensing a Learning Management System (LMS) is an investment aimed to yield returns in value to the organization and the team members.  The first year of implementation tends to be the most focused with system readiness, requirement definition, launch planning, implementation, socialization, etc.  Each year the return on investment accelerates as the asset is integrated with the company’s learning culture.  Create a big picture theme and strategy around the LMS to achieve maximum impact.

Employee learning and engagement in the work place requires an extensive and evolving strategy. Mapping a macro annual learning plan is best with quarterly goals that are achievable.  For example, the macro themes might be:

  • To create learning opportunities for every team member.
  • To offer flexible, mobile, anywhere, anytime solutions.
  • To produce education that presents opportunity for knowledge growth and career expansion.

The desired outcome of learning and development in the corporate environment is workplace performance enhancement – that is, return-on-investment for the individual, as well.  Learning and Development resources have evolved in ways to enable achieving positive ROI.

Here are ideas for your quarterly plan:

  1. Architect curriculum that is easy to understand.

Analyze and listen to the feedback from the learners.  Is it easy for them to find the learning elements within LMS? Are they clearly defined and titled?  Are the bundles of content digestible?  A very short video explaining the setup goes a long way in explaining the setup.

  1. Make it Short! Micro-learning

Today’s learners are forcing the emergence of micro-learning.  Micro-learning feeds off the learner preference to only receive content in short bursts that are interactive, visually stimulating and to-the-point.  The benefits of micro-learning when it comes to getting the most out of your training budget are

  1. Micro-learning courses are inherently short, and, therefore, cost less to produce
  2. Because learning is delivered in a quick burst, it can be applied sooner
  3. Less extraneous content means better knowledge retention and better results


  1. It’s Everywhere When You Want It!

Mobile learning development was once, not too long ago, a timely endeavor and incredibly costly.  The only real option was either a $100,000 App or an inefficient web page with limited interactivity and tiny font.  Today, we as instructional designers can develop courses, games, quizzes, and a host of other L&D content specifically for mobile devices at a fraction of the cost.  Learning Management Systems and development platforms cater to the mobile environment with device and browser recognition, fully responsive design, and mobile gaming activities.  Learning on-the-go just got a whole lot easier, affordable, and beneficial to your ROI.


  1. Content into the LMS – DIY, Develop or License!

Instructional designers used to be stuck with three or four costly options of authorware used to produce interactive learning elements.  Now, unlimited amount are available with new products appearing daily.  While these new platforms require similar learning curves and instructional design expertise to the original array of authorware, the options allow us to better cater to the needs of the client and provide a tool and solution to fit the learning goal.

The learning leader can DIY with some videos, create a branched learning scenario, game or scoring elements by working with a designer.  Licensing content in a specific expertise category enables a quicker launch of proven content and can be used to target a specific goal.