Has your organization considered adopting online training for your members and/or staff but not yet come to a decision? That may be because you’ve heard about the troubles peers have had with other online training software. If you’ve heard the complaints below, you may think that all learning management systems have these traits; that is just not the case. UpAbility in particular busts these many myths surrounding online training software.
7 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ONLINE TRAINING SOFTWARE
- It will be too difficult for my staff to manage the online training software.
You more than likely didn’t hire your staff members based on their technical prowess, so you might be worried they won’t be able to load the courses or run the reports. Most LMS providers offer at least video training to your staff to acclimate them to the software; however, UpAbility goes a step further, offering personal, one-on-one training for your staff members.
Because UpAbility grew out of TelSpan, which is recognized for its unparalleled customer support, you can rest assured that our team is ready, willing and able to help your staff through the process and that we won’t disappear the first time you have a question. Regardless of your staff’s technical literacy, our team will teach them what they need to know to get started, manage, maintain and grow your organization’s training through our software.
- Even if my staff manages to upload the trainings, it will still be too difficult and too technical for my members to access the training.
Prevailing wisdom has older generations stuck with paper and pencil, trusting only Millennials to understand computers. But think about it: who hasn’t watched a YouTube video? People of all ages and generations are being trained by pop culture to watch videos on their desktops, laptops, tablets and cellphones.
We designed UpAbility’s user interface along the lines of YouTube, with thumbnail images of the videos set up side by side. All your members need to be able to do is to log in, use the search box to find the video they want, input their payment information and click start. Anyone with an Amazon account – 244 million individuals – or an eBay account – 110 million individuals – can do exactly that.
- We’ll outgrow the software too quickly.
Providers of good online training software allow scalability. As long as you know before selecting your provider that you plan to grow within the time period of your LMS use, you can choose a platform such as UpAbility that allows plenty of room for growth.
Your online training software provider can be a wonderful partner as your association increases its membership, taking the burden of growing pains off you and your staff by managing the online training component. As you add staff members, online training ensures everyone on staff has the same training and so can share a voice when it comes to the association’s vision.
- Learning management systems are only for big organizations.
In case you thought online training software could only be helpful to large organizations, Capterra’s 2015 survey of LMS users showed that not to be the case. In fact, organizations on the lower and higher ends of the revenue spectrum are actually more likely to use the software, while organizations in the middle are less likely to be LMS users.
Online training software can help associations with smaller staffs by increasing staff members’ bandwidths. The LMS saves staff time by tracking members’ progress automatically and taking online payments. The UpAbility platform gives your association a professional look, regardless of size, that you can personalize to your organization’s brand.
- Online training software is only for education or manufacturing industries.
While in its 2015 survey Capterra found education to be the largest industry using online training software at 21 percent of respondents, followed by technology at 12 percent and manufacturing at 9 percent, almost 60 percent of organizations using online training came from other industries, such as nonprofit and government industries.
Good learning management systems have so much flexibility that current online training doesn’t have to be just a place for students to take quizzes. Video webinars are great for engaging and even entertaining your staff and members while they learn.
- Online training is inconvenient for members to access, so they won’t use it.
Modern online training software can be accessed from any device, even your members’ tablets and smartphones. While some systems don’t design their platforms for those devices, UpAbility’s platform is responsive so the user interface is simple and aesthetically pleasing no matter how your members access it.
- We have a limited learning and development budget, and it would be too expensive for us to create courses.
It doesn’t take a huge budget to create online training your members will value. You can reuse educational matter that your organization has developed over the course of its life. Think about Disney opening its vault for a limited time to re-release movies from your childhood. You can edit video from your archives of your association executives giving talks at area luncheons, industry events and your organization’s events. You can easily record your online meetings to upload as courses as well.
With the budget you do have, you might have UpAbility record and livestream your next live event. Livestreaming adds more revenue from a brand new audience, and by capturing the keynotes, panels, seminars and breakout sessions, you create a library of fresh content for future online training courses.
DIDN’T SEE YOUR CONCERN?
If you don’t see the element that has you worried on the list above, leave a comment on the blog or our Facebook page, and we’ll address your concern. Give us a call or schedule a demo to have a discussion about what UpAbility can do for your organization, including help you help your members grow; bring in more non-dues revenue from both members and non-members; and boost engagement with your members.