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This Week: Top 10 Learning and Development Software
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of 10 of our favorite learning and development software solutions. Given how valuable employee training is to company success, employers everywhere should make sure they're investing in the best tech solutions if they want to see big returns.
Panopto is an easy way to create an on-demand library of video-based training tailored to your company's needs. You can record formal lessons, conferences, meetings, presentations – pretty much anything you want – on any video recording device you have handy and add them to your library. Then, employees can access the video whenever they need to.
Bridge is the ultimate cloud-based learning management software. Employees can access it from anywhere – which makes it ideal for distributed teams – and employee dashboards can be customized according to each specific employee's courses. Plus, Bridge makes enrolling employees super simple: Just upload a CSV file or integrate Bridge with your HRIS, and the software will take care of the rest.
One more thing we should mention: There's a survey function, too, which means you can use Bridge to not only train employees, but also keep tabs on how they're feeling and the kinds of training they want to receive.
3. Tasytt + Obie
On its own, Tasytt is a cool enough software that enables your team to build a custom knowledge base while rewarding top contributors and keeping employees engaged through gamification. Obie, Tasytt's new AI, takes the platform to the next level.
Obie, which is currently in beta, integrates with Slack, and team members can "talk" to Obie whenever they need to access to knowledge base. Obie returns the relevant info.
Organizations can also use Obie to assign "flows" to their employees. Flows are basically task lists, but Obie delivers each task one at a time. When employees are finished with an item on the list, they let Obie know, and Obie tells them what's next. It's a simple and efficient way to make sure everything gets done when it needs to.
James Tally, CEO of Tally, Inc., told us that Obie is "the best helper [he has] found so far."
Want to help your employees earn college degrees? Not sure you can afford it? Check out Study.com, which can help you with that for less than $200 a month.
JetBlue partnered with Study.com for its JetBlue Scholars program, and according to Bonny Simi, the head of the Scholars program, the "flexible, low-cost model simply couldn't work" without Study.com.
Mentorship programs are excellent ways to get employees acclimated to a new company, engaged in the company culture, and up to speed on company processes and procedures. The only problem is that they require a lot of oversight, and many companies don't have the resources to dedicate to running a mentorship program.
That's where NxtSpark comes in. This platform essentially automates your mentorship programs by matching mentors and mentees, tracking their progress, and delivering relevant data to stakeholders via a visual analytics dashboard.
With Netflix, you can watch a movie as soon as you want to. With Uber, you can call a car to your house when you need it. Why not apply the same on-demand delivery methods to employee feedback? After all: The sooner you can give your employees feedback, the sooner they can digest it and course-correct.
Reflektive tracks employee successes in real-time, and it gives managers to ability to deliver feedback frequently and dynamically.
"Reflektive helps us approach performance management in an agile and flexible way that aligns with our business needs," writes Reflektive client DigitalOcean. "We want feedback to be an integral part of our developmental culture to help employees achieve high performance every day."
If your organization wants the same thing, try Reflektive.
OfferCraft uses a combination of customizable games, dynamic rewards, and leaderboards to incentivize employee behaviors – you know, like getting them to participate in those training courses you've been badgering them about to no avail?
OfferCraft also has a trivia game function, which employers can use to test employee knowledge retention after conferences, presentations, seminars, and so on.
No one likes sitting through a bland PowerPoint presentation. If you're still relying on them for your employee training courses, you're not doing yourself or your workforce any favors.
While Prezi isn't strictly speaking a learning and development software, it is a much more engaging presentation platform that is more likely to keep employees interested in what you have to teach them.
And Prezi can also be a great way to help employees learn valuable soft skills, according to Elizabeth Jenkins, communications manager at Source Capital Funding, Inc.: "We also love to leverage Prezi for presentations and research. We like to help our employees grow though reports on market analysis. This research, combined with Prezi and the subsequent public speaking practice, not only helps our employees with their professional growth, but it also helps improve their interpersonal skills for business sales and networking."
eCoach bills itself as a "rapid authoring tool," which means exactly what you think it means. The software allows users to create and publish custom eLearning courses quickly and with ease. Instead of hiring a third-party to design your company's curriculum, you can do it all in house – and you don't even need to be a tech genius. eCoach has all the features and functions you'll need to craft an effective learning program from start to finish.
10. Axis LMS by Atrixware
Want to turn your learning and development programs into social experiences? Try Axis LMS. The platform's UserConnect feature is a built-in private social network for your employees. Through forums, chat, and messaging, employees can engage with one another, discuss their learning, and turn training into a team sport.