5 LMS Features to Promote Remote Engagement

5 must-have learning management system features to create successful remote learning experiences.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, remote work— and learning—is not going away.

To keep training programs going strong and effective in the face of the new reality, organizations need a learning management system (LMS) that fosters both in-person and remote engagement.

BenchPrep VP of Learning Design & Strategy Joe Miller outlines five must-have LMS features to create successful remote learning experiences:

  1. Collaboration integrations that keep instructors teaching. Integrating social learning into your programs with discussion boards, communities of practice, and group projects while utilizing videoconferencing software allows you to continue your program with virtual instructor-led training.
  2. In-the-flow-of-work integrations to help solve problems quickly. Embedding training into work software reduces training time instead of interrupting learners’ workdays, resulting in faster, measurable results proven by your LMS’ data analytics.
  3. Multiple modalities that repurpose content for choice. Unlike in an in-person lecture, remote workers can perform other tasks while listening to eLearning in the background. The right LMS will be able to easily repurpose content, delivering it to learners in their preferred format: audio, text, or video.
  4. Built-in content authoring tools. To make quick pivots, you need an LMS with a built-in authoring tool and templates to make updating content fast and easy.
  5. Accessibility and usability features to support all learners. During in-person training, learners with disabilities can ask the instructor for modifications. However, not all eLearning experiences allow for modifications. Accessibility must be designed into the course from the beginning.
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training Top 100 and Emerging Training Leaders.