eLogic Learning is known for being one of the most innovative companies in the learning management system (LMS) industry. They’ve been named in industry analyst Craig Weiss’s NextGen LMS grid two years in a row, highly ranked for their willingness to embrace and implement technology of the future. NextGen companies both keep up with elearning trends and anticipate needs for scalability.
eLogic’s latest feature, helping to secure their position as one of the most sophisticated LMSs on the market, is the introduction of end user file sharing.
This feature allows users, whether they are employees or extended enterprise users (that is, clients, or partners who use the LMS for training purposes), to upload files and make them available for viewing by other users in a controlled and managed process.
LMS providers have been seeking to counterbalance one of the common disadvantages of online learning: the lack of informal learning inspired by users. The benefits of informal learning are numerous, including increased sense of user input, collaborative culture, motivation and readiness to learn. In an office environment, it’s easy for cubicle neighbors and coworkers to share tips and tricks and other knowledge acquired on the job. However, this can be difficult in a geographically disbursed user group via a LMS where most training is formalized and directed from the top down.
In order to replicate a similar informal learning atmosphere but in an online learning environment, the LMS must have features that foster online community involvement and participation.
eSSential LMS already has features including community forums and xAPI that enable social learning and track learning that occurs outside of the online learning environment. The end user file share feature will bring that to the next level, creating a place for user-generated resources, guides, and more.
The feature will be accessible by all users of the LMS, to include employees, members, vendors, clients, partners, or paying users.
One eLogic Learning client is already utilizing the feature to allow users to upload videos, worksheets and other resources to supplement the provided curricula. It’s a key feature to building a learning community, and it successfully retains users as active social community members even after completing the curriculum.
Mark Anderson, CEO of eLogic Learning, said of the feature release: “We’re always happy when a client recommends features that will benefit the experience of users and user groups and provide involvement and participation from all. Our clients are a great source of innovation and we embrace this input. End user file sharing is a fantastic idea that will bring benefit all our clients, and more importantly the users’ information sharing and continuous learning.”