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The Modern Day Integrated Learning Management System

Posted on: 16 January '14
Anand Dorairaj
Consultant, Digital Marketing

With organizations in an apparent rush to add digital content to their training repertoire, learning management systems have been handed a new  lease of life. While academic LMS giants like Moodle and Edmodo boast a user base of over 70 million, enterprise LMS giants Blackboard and Sumtotal systems are fast catching up with a combined user base in excess of 50 million [1]. Nearly 40% of organizations [2] in the US offer some form of e-learning material to their employees. A key side effect of this increased focus on digital learning content is the blurring of the line dividing a Learning Management System (LMS) and a Learning Content Management System (LCMS). While an LCMS has historically represented a content creation platform, an LMS was merely a content delivery platform. This notion has been replaced by the modern day learning management system- an integrated solution capable of synergizing content creation, delivery and tracking to maximize learning benefits.

Tenets of a Successful Learning Program
While a learning management system is a means of executing an enterprise’s learning and training needs, a necessary consideration for an enterprise to achieve its learning goals is to formulate a strategy based on modern learning tenets. These are described below-

  • Collaborative Learning methodologies enable learners to leverage and contribute to the potential of fellow learners to create a virtual ‘knowledge pool’. Organizations acknowledge the ease of promoting collaborative learning in today’s age where geographical limitations are reduced to zero due to expanding digital boundaries.
  • Adaptive Learning methodologies enable a highly sophisticated medium of disseminating knowledge by means of a highly context-sensitive rule engine. Learning takes place when facilitators are able to present information in a way that students are able to construct meaning based on their own experiences.
  • Content-rich Learning principles place learning content at the hub of a learning management system with other functionalities feeding off it. Organizations have often faced challenges in parsing large volumes of content on one hand and keeping pace with the volatility of content on the other hand. A robust content strategy is therefore, of prime importance.
  • Quantifiable Learning methodologies aim to foster a highly voluntary learning environment by enhancing the incentives for learning. All the learning offered by the learning management system must be quantifiable and measurable so that the Learning ROI can be easily determined
  • Personalized Learning methodologies focus on tailoring of pedagogy, curriculum and learning environments to meet the needs and aspirations of individual learners. The varied skill sets required by organizations in addition to the promotion of learner independence has made personalized learning as an imperative feature in learning management systems.

Defining today’s Learning Management System
The aforementioned learning tenets have resulted in an amoebic transformation of a today’s learning management system that enables it to fulfill a multitude of roles. An LMS is expected to maximize learning value by adopting the “Create, Deliver, Measure, Enhance” cycle depicted below-

Integrated Learning Management System

The modern day LMS can therefore be defined as-
“A tool that enables organizations to realize their learning & training goals by helping create engaging content, delivering it seamlessly, monitoring learner performance and sentiments and enhancing the learning experience”

This expanded definition of an LMS has raised the expectation placed on it by organizations, who now view it as a one-stop-shop for fulfilling the gamut of their training objectives.

To that end, Mindtree has implemented an in-house Learning Management System called Learning Hub. The goal of the system is to provide highly targeted and customized course work for the learners to enhance specialized skillsets. The system is fundamentally incentive-based, offering numerous learning credits and professional certifications to a learner base of over 13000 employees. It delivers its courses in a highly interactive and gamified form to its learners. The offering is SaaS based and is built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Further information on this can be found at-

[1]: 20 most popular LMS
[2]: Online University Statistics

Anand Dorairaj

Anand Dorairaj is a consultant at the Digital Marketing practice in Mindtree. A major in marketing & strategy, his professional sweet spots include digital transformation strategies of organizations, convergence of digital marketing & commerce and collaborative learning management systems