This article was originally published on eLearning Industry.
Learning and Development can be a real challenge for charities and not-for-profit organisations. Face-to-face training can be costly, and the last thing you want is for your people to have to drop everything to travel to training interventions.
We have implemented online learning solutions for a number of charities and non-profit organisations, including The Salvation Army, UNICEF and Princess Alice Hospice collaborating with small and large charities since 2004.
Over the past 15 years, we’ve seen how the implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS) can reduce the burden on Learning and Development teams, moving from the face-to-face training model to one of blended learning that reduces costs and increases consistency.
Learning and Development teams need to make a good case for the value of implementing a Learning Management System.
Let’s take a look at how an LMS can offer value for money and improve the way you train your people.
We can’t get away from it: money matters, especially in the charity and non-profit sectors.
Face-to-face training, travel and tight schedules all make it hard for traditional training models to be cost-effective for organisations where budgets must be spent wisely.
Putting your training content online means your team can carry out their learning at a time that suits them, giving them space to do their core work without interruption.
With content accessible at any time of day or night around the world and a reduced financial outlay compared with traditional learning, it's no surprise that an open-source LMS is often the best choice for charities and not-for-profits with limited resources.
With a range of people on your team, it’s important to have a training system that’s both user-friendly and accessible to all, no matter their age, location, equipment or skills.
Your LMS will support users at all stages in their career – from volunteers in their first job through to experienced members. Learners can set their own pace, ensuring that the material is fully understood by 100% of your team.
Cost-effective open-source platforms are created in such a way that the source code is available to everyone for free.
There’s proactive development with open-source systems because a large group of dedicated developers is constantly looking at and improving the code.
Because there’s no proprietary code to worry about, support can come from in-house teams or external suppliers. So, you don’t need to fret if you don’t have the technical expertise to get up and running.