Last week, we had the privilege of attending a PDX EdTech discussion that caught our attention. The session, titled “Is the LMS Dead?”, promised to examine how the traditional Learning Management System (LMS) can impact scaling adult learning on a global network. With NIKE’s learning guru Chris Rosso leading the discussion, we were excited to hear what other Portland-area learning experts had to say on the subject.

Suffice to say we were not disappointed. The session offered some quality insight on the new role LMS providers can play in today’s evolving workplace. We were particularly intrigued when the discussion turned toward designing for the next generation of learners. BlueVolt specializes in providing elearning services to skilled trades such as the building and electrical industries, where there is a large aging workforce. The topic poses a good question; how will learning providers (including BlueVolt) adapt during this transition and serve both those who embrace technology and those who avoid it. The takeaway? Just because today’s baby boomers are retiring en masse, doesn’t mean elearning providers should ignore their learning preferences and requirements.

Another related topic of discussion was thinking ahead into the (not so very distant) future when today’s early teenagers will become the learners (or end users of LMS technology providers). It’s definitely something that is on our mind here at BlueVolt and we’re proud to say our development team has their eye on the younger generation and how they will consume learning years down the road.

Not surprisingly, like many of the LMS providers in the audience at the meet up, we here at BlueVolt do not believe the LMS is dead. But we do believe we need to adapt to survive. Taking in factors such as demographics, the technology divide and access to certain technologies such as mobile are crucial in developing successful learning solutions that benefit both learners and institutions. Having a successful culture of learning relies not only on the platform or tools to deploy learning, but also on understanding key objectives of a learning program and ways to measure whether or not a learning program is changing behaviors, improving people and/or driving business growth. A successful LMS will address all of the above.

BlueVolt takes pride in our nimble technology team that ensures constant product improvements and increased user functionality – with a development cycle of just two weeks and an open feedback loop with our customers. But we also have a team that works closely with our customers to ensure that our learning technology tools are being successfully implemented to strengthen a company’s learning culture.

This discussion is not only timely but also important to the future of our industry – and it impacts companies and organizations on a global scale – from manufacturing leaders like NIKE to BlueVolt’s international product supplier and regional distributor customers. We’ll be keeping our eye on it and look forward to the next meetup with the PDX educational technology community over at PDX EdTech.

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