5 Best Practices for Strategic Learning Content Management

February 24, 2015

Whether your organization needs to close skills gaps, improve learning agility, or increase learning author collaboration, better content management for learning and development is a strategic imperative to make it all happen. If you’re looking at learning content management, you’re not alone. Nearly a third of employers lack the qualified workers needed to grow, and 84 percent intend to prioritize investment in their workforce1. With so much work to be done, it’s tempting to start acting without being thoughtful about where and how to start.

No matter what’s driving your organization to look at learning content management, you need to strategically align it with your needs to make it most effective.

Here are five best practices to consider as you implement content management for learning and development.

1. Unleash your authors and experts
Subject-matter experts and instructional designers are busy people in your organization, with limited time to contribute to your learning library. Give them tools to collaborate and easily create content so they can spend time sharing knowledge instead of struggling with outdated systems.

2. Simplify reuse and updates
You probably already have a library and courses that you have great content in. Unfortunately, many systems don’t allow you to easily remix that content into bite-size pieces or new courses. Simple reuse and content updates that go live in real time mean you can stay up to date with new changes and offer a better learning experience to users.

3. Create informal learning
About 70 percent of learning that happens in organizations is informal, yet informal resources are consistently scarce compared with more formal learning content. Create resources that are bite-size, just in time, and flexible at the same time that you create formal learning content to increase your informal learning resources.

4. Deliver training to everyone
By 2017, half of employees will be asked to supply their own devices for work — and in particular, their mobile devices2. The workforce is mobile, and if you expect them to consume content, you have to make sure they can access it where and when they need it, on a variety of devices.

5. Measure and recalibrate quickly
If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Strategic learning content management is reliant on understanding which learning resources are working and which aren’t — and recalibrating your strategy quickly and accordingly.

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