Over the next few months, VinciWorks will finalise its Learning Management System development schedule for 2020. We aren’t yet able to share the full details of the new LMS developments but suffice to say, we are excited. What we can share is:
You should expect new and innovative features from the LMS in 2020.
Our LMS development process
We are taking this time to meet with clients and users to deeply understand the challenges and opportunities that L&D and Compliance Officers face when delivering online training.
Over the course of 2019, VinciWorks doubled the size of its technology team and hired a Chief Technology Officer with 25 years of experience. Under the CTO’s direction, we will support and develop the LMS and other learning and compliance technologies for years to come.
Employees are now changing jobs more frequently than ever and are thirsty to gain new skills. Having a company culture of constant learning and personal development will not only benefit the employee, but also the company.
How do you create a learning culture?
Any cultural change in a company starts with the leadership. If it becomes clear to a team that their manager has taken on a commitment, the team will begin to realise this is now something important to their manager and, indeed, their company. The next step would be to start encouraging staff to do the same. Taking time out of their workday to learn something new, be it related to compliance or simply to learn a skill that will help them improve at work, will no longer feel like they are not working. Using an LMS to do that helps automate the process of learning, making it easier to assign and manage multi-user learning.
Managers should encourage staff to discuss anything they have learnt when staff are chatting by the water cooler and single out individuals for praise when it becomes clear they are using skills and knowledge they have learnt to carry out their work.
We are excited to share that the VinciWorks Learning Management System (LMS) has now been upgraded to version 6.0. The new version of the LMS has many improvements that focus on creating a rich user-friendly learning experience. With a beautiful new user interface, learning plans, video course creation and more, this upgrade improves many aspects of the system, without changing any of the current functionality. You can view a video demonstration of the new version by clicking on the image below.
Read more: Learning Management Systems explained
LMS 6.0 – what’s new?
LMS 6.0 includes hundreds of enhancements to the system architecture, improved user experience and many new features. Note, some of these features are only available to users on the pro and enterprise plan.
An example of VinciWorks’ LMS 6.0 dashboard
What is a learning management system (LMS)? Who needs an LMS? How do they help with learning? While many have heard the term, for others it may be difficult to understand exactly what an LMS is and how it could be helpful to your organisation. Here is everything you need to know.
What is a Learning Management System?
The best way to describe a learning management system is to break down the title.
Learning – organisations manage ranges of staff, from a small team of ten to a multitude of departments, amounting to thousands of employees. Those employees are assigned to train on a number of topics, ranging from compliance training such as anti-money laundering, to webinars, workshops and seminars.
VinciWorks recently hosted a webinar taking attendees through the new learning management system, including which features will be added when we update from LMS 5 to LMS 6. You can watch the full webinar, as well as access the slides and helpful resources, below.
Some of the features that will be included in LMS 6
Joiners automatically enrol in onboarding courses, leavers are automatically deactivated and any personal details remain in sync.
One of the latest features added to our LMS is the ability to access administration tools from the activity screen. Simply click on an activity from your calendar or list, then use the scroll-down on the top-right of the activity screen to carry out activities such as enrol users, invite groups or view the attendance list.
VinciWorks has just added a new feature to their LMS to help users manage tasks more efficiently. Users can now easily browse their calendar by clicking on “offline activities” and then “browse calendar of activities”. Users can easily view a list of the activities by clicking on “switch to list” above the calendar.
The new function makes it easier and faster for users to view their activities in a calendar format
Users can now easily request to take on a new learning activity, without leaving the office or writing an email. This new automated feature means administrators can easily authorise and track their staff’s learning activities.
With this new feature, users simply click on the “submit activity request form” option on the top right of their LMS and enter the details of the activity they are requesting. Once the user has completed their request, their line manager will receive the request via email. Once the request is approved by the line manager, the activity will be appear under the user’s list of learning activities.
Users now have the ability to log any learning activity on-the-go with just a few clicks. This allows users to quickly record that they attended a lecture, even if they don’t have time to associate the activity with a learning need or perform a full reflective process.
How to log a completed activity
From any screen in the LMS, users can click the ‘Log a completed activity’ icon. This works on a computer and on mobile devices.
Email templates are one of the most popular features in the VinciWorks learning management system. Templates enable you to customise the text and look of every email from the system down to the last detail. Many organisations recreate the exact look-and-feel of internal emails down to the graphics in a signature. Templates can include dynamic fields that are personalised to every user, such as first name, department, date of last cyber security training or any other field in the system.
All templates can “spoof” sender information, so that the emails appear to come from a colleague or manager. Carbon copied addresses can also be added.