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Six Things I Learned From Our Visitors Part II

Six Things I learned From Our Visitors Part II

Six Things I Learned From Our Visitors Part II

How to overcome challenges experienced by LMS users from ATD 2016

In my previous post “Six Things I Learned From Our Visitors” I delved shortly into the gloomy cloud of sadness that engulfs the perception of the entire LMS industry. In particular, I highlighted six statements of Industry professionals and paraphrased what that meant to problems they experienced with their LMS providers. Now is the time when I should mention that the users surveyed were not Gyrus Systems Users and that the easiest resolution would be to explore our most recent release of GyrusAim. But I digress, this post will explore manners in which people in these sorts of environments could make their lives a little easier.

Six Things I Learned From Our Visitors Part IIBelow are the issues portrayed and mitigation techniques:

 

Difficult to Formulate Content:

In less user-friendly systems it is important to design content with the implementation in mind. Focus on how the system parameters push you to corners, and bend the needs of the organization to fit the limitations of that system. Be careful not to lose sight of what is important and be vigilant in the pursuit of good content. Content is the most important resource for the development of individuals within your organization. Good content can be the difference between driving sales at your typical yearly rate and exceeding stakeholder expectations. 

Defining Course Requirements:

Before attempting to conquer individual course requirements, be sure to have a clear perspective on what those may be before attempting to merge into your system. Good housekeeping will go a long way into mitigating some of the heartburn experienced in system use. Some find it best to draft ideas on a good old fashioned notepad and enjoy going through the process of identifying the skills that need to be met, how to reinforce them, and who would best benefit from inclusion in a proposed course.
 

Limited and Tedious Reporting:

For this particular area, I struggled to find a practice that could best benefit the user. In LMS environments with poor reporting functionalities, there is no immediate bandage. However, it is possible to find the common denominator in what is required and what is being reported. There is always the workaround of internal auditing and pushing content to a more instructor-led training environment, by doing this you can introduce a human element capable of finding the missing pieces in departmental reporting generated from an outdated LMS.

Complex System Implementation:

There are companies that exist just to do this portion of an LMS migration; so it should go without saying, you are not alone. However, you can help this process by taking a deep dive into what you are attempting to enter into your LMS. Be sure to take a look at both transferrable content and the human resource component. Verify the output of your previous system is updated and free of duplicate entries, past employees, or expired content which may hinder future organizational development.

Poor Search Functionality:

Think of yourself as a meta-keyword guru. Though the system you are using may be difficult to use, this may be overcome with good maintenance practices at the entry level. Optimize the words you use to describe the course, in order to optimize the results you get from searching for that course. Do not be afraid to use google as a resource, look specifically for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques and if need be, resort to the ultimate reference of a thesaurus.

Managing My Users and Importing New Enrollees Is a Job in Itself:

Though in many environments this cannot be helped, it is best to develop a repeatable process for entry. Refer back to the advice for complex system implementation, as a data clean-up can prevent you from having to deal with the oppressive LMS environment which is becoming some time intensive.

Though all these methods may be suboptimal, there is something to be said about good process formation and cleanliness of the data entry. As a personal disclaimer, I tried my best not to make this into a sales piece. However, if these scenarios reflect experiences garnered in your current LMS environment, it may be wise to explore the potential of a new system as soon as possible/ schedule a demonstration of GyrusAim today. 

Six things I learned

ATD 2016 – Six Things I Learned From Our Visitors

Six Things I Learned

As a brand new and fresh face, I am anxious to learn all the ins and outs of the Learning Management Systems industry. So, it may come as no surprise while attending my first trade show with Gyrus Systems, I set out to accomplish just that. While nestled deep into booth 1129 I began my quest for knowledge by performing an informal poll with our visitors. Keeping it as simple as possible, I asked, “Are you happy with your current LMS?” and dependent on their almost certain response, “why not?” Their ranges of answers surprised me and went a long way in shaping my view of the Industry. Here are their most profound responses and the six things I learned:(paraphrased by me for effect):​Blue Bear Colorado Convention Center


Difficult to Formulate Content

“I spend longer getting the content configured properly in my current LMS than developing the content in the first place! ”

Defining Course Requirements

“Nightmare to define course requirements for individuals within the organization. My current platform is far too labor intensive.”

Limited and Tedious Reporting

“Reports are impossible to manage and take more work to meet compliance than anything else in my system. “

Complex System Implementation

“We opted into our contract a year and a half ago and are just now getting started, I don’t even know if it is easy to use yet. At this point, I’m just desperate to use something.”

Poor Search Functionality

“I have to use hashtags, money signs, and exclamation marks in various ways just to attempt to find things. There has got to be a better way!”

Managing My Users and Importing New Enrollees Is a Job in Itself

“I feel like I have to jump through fiery hoops into a vat of sharp objects, in order to onboard new users.”

With all this being said, I’d like to thank all the attendees and booth visitors for their honest and sincere responses. As well as issue a big thank you to those same people for making my first exhibition with Gyrus so memorable. Stay tuned as I explore these issues in further detail and offer ways for users to mitigate these feelings of LMS fatigue.

Are You Attending ATD 2016?

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Gyrus Systems Team is all set for ATD 2016!

We are eagerly looking forward to Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2016 International Conference & Exposition taking place on May 22-25 in Denver, Colorado. Our team will be present at booth #1129 to talk to you about your learning and training challenges and explain how our LMS – GyrusAim can help you overcome these.

You can connect with us in following ways:

Schedule a Live Demo:  Don’t miss a chance to get a live demo of GyrusAim from our team of experts. You will get to see the latest version of our award-winning LMS-GyrusAim. Make your appointment ASAP by sending an email to sales@Gyrus.com using the subject line “ATD 2016″. Out team will be all set and prepared beforehand to show you the demo at your preferred time and day.

Request for a Demo at the Booth Itself: We will be more than happy to accommodate your request if you have not been able to get your demo slot pre-booked.  Just visit us at booth #1129 and talk to our team about your training requirements and challenges.  We will show you what exactly GyrusAim can do for you.  

Drop Your Card at the Booth: We understand some of you might not be present on all four days and you may not manage everything you intend to do due to time constraints. Do not worry. If you are interested in hearing more from us or schedule a demo for a later date, just drop your card at the booth. Our team will get in touch with you right after the event ends.

You can also connect with us on our social media channels. Give us a mention on Twitter @GyrusSystems with #ATD2016 and we will connect with you right away.

Gyrus Systems ATD 2015 Prize Winner!

Gyrus Systems ATD Prize Winner

Congratulations to Melinda Johnson for being selected as our ATD 2015 first prize winner for the iPad mini!  Recently Melinda visited us in Richmond, VA to pick up her prize and meet the Gyrus team.  We enjoyed seeing her again and know she'll enjoy the iPad mini.

From all of us at Gyrus Systems we'd like to thank everyone who participated in the prize drawing and for stopping by our booth to discuss your training needs.  We met many training professionals that are passionate about training and development like us.  We hope our passion shined through in our product demonstrations and conversations.  Keep in touch with us through our blog!

Gyrus Systems ATD Booth

Many attendees expressed an interest in GyrusAim, and we will be contacting them in the near future to schedule a live demo of our LMS.  If you were unable to stop by the Gyrus Systems ATD 2015 booth, we'll be back next year!  We'd still be happy to give you a demo.  Click the request demo button below to sign up.

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Gyrus to Showcase Learning Solutions at ATD 2015 Conference

Gyrus Systems, a Learning Management Systems (LMS) leader will participate in the ATD 2015 International Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Florida from May 17-20. The annual event is designed to bring training and development professionals together to share insights and best practices on organization learning and development.   Gyrus Systems will exhibit its multi-award winning 5th generation LMS, GyrusAim, and newly released mobile learning app at booth # 349.  

Gyrus Systems is giving away 2 Apple products for free – Winner and Runner-Up Prize.

To apply for the prizes, simply make an appointment for a 10 minute demo at the show with one of our solutions experts.

Make your appointment today. Email sales@Gyrus.com using the subject lineATD 2015″.

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 425+ companies in over 15 countries have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/