The phrase “online training software” often brings to mind images of corporate trainers and salespeople decked out in business suits ready to learn the latest ways to turn leads into sales. In reality, online training software–or learning management systems, as these platforms are also called–has many uses beyond corporate training.
The key feature of online training platforms is that they reduce costs by simplifying training and organizing materials. Once they’re up and running, people have one centralized location for training materials and commonly referenced information.
All of this is good news to public-sector organizations and nonprofits that are commonly asked to do ever more with less. Although finding a system that works for your organization is an upfront investment of time and money, the right platform can pay off in the long run.
Are you part of a nonprofit organization that’s looking for an easier way to manage the training process?
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Here are some ways that nonprofits and organizations in the public sector can benefit from online training software.
Many municipal and state organizations have training programs that involve some combination of standard, organization-wide information and more specific functional knowledge. For example, all new city employees may need to learn the organization’s standards on things like sexual harassment and workplace policies, as well as procedures specific to departments as different as sanitation, the fire department, or parks and recreation.
New employee training and document storage
An online training software platform lets the organization organize common materials easily and provide access to those materials for the employees that need it. With most online training platforms, it’s easy to select modules and combine them into courses. For example, the parks department could include modules common to all new city employees as well as more unit-specific training information.
In addition to helping new employees get off to a good start, the online training system can be used as a storage system for commonly referenced information. Maybe your department hasn’t gotten new furniture in so long that you’ve forgotten how to fill out the requisition form. When these kinds of documents are stored in a common place, such as a training platform, it’s easy for people to find the documents they need without searching through the files left behind by the last person in that role.
Development and leadership training
Many federal, state, and local agencies have development and leadership training programs open to managers from different parts of the government. One such program, for example, brings together people from organizations like the department of transportation, the highway patrol, and other groups. State employees get to know people with similar roles in very different organizations as they worked together on leadership training.
Because the people participating in these kinds of programs are often spread out geographically, an online training system can help trainers organize materials and provide preparation and follow-up activities that maximize training resources.
Similarly, many nonprofit organizations can benefit from the more efficient use of training resources that online training software can provide.
Just like with public-sector organizations, a training platform that provides document storage and easy-to-create training modules can streamline the process of training new employees and helping current employees stay up to date on policies and procedures.
Another use of these platforms for nonprofit organizations is that of training volunteers.
If you’re like a lot of nonprofits, you probably have a core group of volunteers who help you carry out your mission. A system like Avizr lets the course owner easily choose which parts of the course different people can see, and access to the system can be shared via an accessible link to people affiliated with your organization.
Training is crucial to volunteer effectiveness, which can help your organization get more done in the short run.
Well-trained volunteers who really understand the mission also tend to be more engaged and to stick around longer, which keeps your organization working well in the long run. An online training system also helps to ensure that all volunteers have access to the same materials, whether they’re in the same town or across the country. Once you’ve got a core group of effective and engaged volunteers, you can create additional training modules to help them grown and develop the personal and professional skills that will keep them involved with your organization over time.
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