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Managing the Learner Journey With LMS Login Notifications

Bill Mastin
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Bill Mastin
on December 20, 2018
LMS login notifications can be a great tool to keep your learners on track as they embark on their learning journeys. Find out why in this blog.

What happens when learners fail to complete learning on time?

If it’s compliance-related learning, they could be putting your organization at risk of serious penalties. If it’s health and safety or competency-related learning, they could be putting themselves and their colleagues at great risk.

Even if the learning isn’t one of the critical scenarios above, falling behind on training requirements can mean employees aren’t developing the skills they need to thrive in their role, or meet business-critical standards of performance.

LMS login notifications are great for busy professionals

As a learning professional, you’ve invested valuable time and resource in creating learning that will help develop and nurture your employees, as well as keep them compliant with industry regulations.

So how can your LMS help maximize that investment?

LMS notifications are just one key tool that can help keep your learners on track.

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Plot Learning Journeys With LMS Login Notifications

Today’s time-poor learners are often up against navigating through a crowded learning journey.

Each year, learners often juggle a mix of mandatory and job-specific training, all of which needs to be completed around the demands of their day-to-day role. In addition, the learning may take different forms: online, face-to-face or on-the-job assessments. At different times in the year your learners may have multiple training deadlines.

So it’s not surprising that learners may struggle to keep track of what they need to do and when to complete goals to move to the next stage in their learning journeys.

Little wonder then, that for many L&D teams, it can be time-consuming trying to support learners in these efforts—especially when managing large cohorts of learners.

LMS login notifications are a simple and effective way to set clear markers and boundaries in your learners’ journeys to cut through the confusion and ensure learning gets completed at the right time.

What Are LMS Login Notifications?

A ‘welcome’ screen appears after a learner has logged in to their LMS. Instead of landing on the homepage, they see a simple screen which clearly highlights the actions they’re required to complete.

In NetDimensions LMS, you can configure login notifications to show:

1) Expired Deadlines

This notification clearly shows learners at a glance when they have missed course deadlines and nudge them to catch up.

2) Behind Progress Alerts

Behind progress alerts can be used for time-sensitive training, such as onboarding, where learners may have tasks they need to complete over their first few weeks at your organization.

3) Select Session Reminders

NetDimensions LMS gives learners the flexibility to choose face-to-face sessions that suit them. If a learner has been enrolled in a face-to-face training session and has not yet selected a session, they can be prompted to do so when they log in to the LMS.

4) Deadlines That Block Access to Other Training

When critical learning has to be completed as soon as possible, this login notification has the most impact. Learners will log in and see the outstanding training they need to complete, but will be blocked from accessing any other training until they complete it.

5) Blocked Access to Expired Training

This notification lets learners know they can no longer access training because the deadline has now passed. You can use this feature to ensure learners only access learning that is still relevant to their learning journey or restrict access to content that may now be out-of-date with current regulations.

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How to Use LMS Login Notifications Effectively

Each of these notifications becomes a useful tool in managing learning journeys. To maximize the benefits, they should be used in conjunction with other tools in your LMS.

Firstly, it should be easy for learners to see their learning journey and have an at-a-glance overview of the training they need to complete and how it relates to their role.

When learners can see the wider context of their learning, they’re more motivated to continue on that journey. Your LMS needs a highly visual learning path feature, which clearly communicates a learner’s steps to competency or compliance.

If your LMS supports email reminders, these should also be used to send more gentle ‘nudges’ to access and complete training. In NetDimensions LMS, you can set an escalating scale of reminders too, so that learners will recognize when deadlines to complete training are becoming more critical.

The disadvantage of sending training reminders by email is that they can simply be ignored, forgotten or deleted without reading. That’s why LMS login notifications are a useful feature to clearly communicate deadlines and outstanding tasks to learners.

NetDimensions LMS is validated for 21 CFR Part 11 use and allows organizations to be ready for an audit at a moment’s notice with real-time record tracking and electronic signature features.

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