Learn or die: a primer - Craig Malloy, Techcrunch
“First, traditional learning management systems (LMS) are complex, old-fashioned software suites that want to train massive amounts of employees with minimal human effort and contact (push instead of pull thinking).
They are focused on one-way, top-down communication. And for a while, they worked quite well, because the mere availability of information was a big deal. You might have interacted with one of these systems when you were first on-boarded to your current role.
LMS came from academia, and they still have traction in that vertical. They have lost ground in business contexts because we no longer learn on the job the way we learned in school. Recent successes have focused on the HR market, where trainers often come at the problem from an academic point of view.
Most LMS vendors have been tacking on new features to stay up with the times, but haven’t bothered to rethink some of the core assumptions they originally made about the workforce when they first architected their systems in the 1990’s.”