A learning management system is a great tool to consolidate and deploy training material to a diverse variety of learners.
While consolidation is extremely advantageous, isolation of data can easily prove to be an administrative nightmare. For this reason, the best learning management systems are often loaded with integration capabilities.
With the right integrations in place, you can save a tremendous amount of time and effort that would otherwise go into transferring data from one platform to the other.
Moreover, you can also unlock custom reporting and tracking capabilities to track the effectiveness of your learning initiatives and show a clear picture of how they contribute to overall business goals.
Let’s see what these integrations are and how they can be used to your advantage:
In simple terms, xAPI is a learning specification standard that allows different systems to collect and communicate learning data. Essentially, xAPI stores learning information in simple statements like “John completed the keyword research module” and stores them in a learning record store (LRS) which can be accessed by other platforms or software.
This allows for seamless communication between different software involved with your learning initiatives.
xAPI is the latest standard in eLearning and almost all modern LMS and authoring tools comply with its requirements.
Most corporate organisations use Microsoft Office. An LMS integrated with Microsoft Office365 can save a lot of time, while offering incredible reporting capabilities.
For starters, a Microsoft LMS integration will allow users (employees) to sign in to the LMS with their Microsoft accounts. Similarly, the integration will allow for seamless sync with the Outlook calendar, allowing users to update and view course events, due dates, and upcoming classes information in a single calendar that also shows their day-to-day schedule.
Similarly, integrations with applications like OneNote and OneDrive open new doors for building a content repository, submitting assignments and providing feedback on them.
WordPress is perhaps the most successful content management system (CMS) on the web. Among other professionals, WordPress has enabled L&D pros to efficiently connect with their learners online.
Similarly, learning management systems have enables L&D pros to deliver training to learners regardless of where they are located.
Combining the two with an integration makes creating, deploying, and selling training courses online much simpler.
An LMS enabled with eCommerce integration is another way to make selling courses easier. In fact, an eCommerce integration allows course creators to open up a storefront on a platform like Shopify, completely eliminating the need of creating a website.
The eCommerce integration allows course creators to manage features like shopping carts, payment processing, invoice processing, and even access to detailed sales reports within the LMS itself.
If your organisation uses HR software like the Zoho Recruit, integrating it with your LMS will help you manage your learning initiatives better.
When done right, such integration can help to learn administrators and HR managers to access learner data in one place.
Similarly, an integration, coupled with thorough standardisation of entries on both platforms will allow managers to obtain custom learner progress reports from the HR software itself.
The integration capabilities of an LMS are one of the most beneficial features offered by the technology. Make sure you choose an LMS that offers all the integration capabilities you require to take its complete advantage.
Did we miss out on any LMS integrations that you are currently using? Share them with us in the comment section below!
Christopher Pappas is the Founder of eLearning Industry’s Network, which is the largest online community of professionals involved in the eLearning field. Christopher holds an MBA and an MEd (Learning Design) from BGSU