6 Adaptive Learning Features You Need Your LMS to Have

According to a Deloitte survey, virtually all CEOs (90%) believe their companies are facing disruptive change driven by digital technologies, while 70% say their organizations do not have the skills to adapt. However, companies are beginning to invest heavily in learning and development technologies and initiatives, as they’re beginning to discover that workplace learning should be an ongoing process that allows employees to adapt to their rapidly changing environments.

One of the best ways to ensure your employees are equipped to adapt to their rapidly changing environments is to implement technology that adapts to their learning needs, too.

If you use a Learning Management System (LMS), here are six adaptive features you’ll want to make sure it has.

1. Experience API (xAPI) with a Learning Record Store (LRS)

Adaptive learning experiences will be significantly harder to execute if they aren’t automated and streamlined via technology. Make sure your LMS has xAPI capabilities so that it can develop adaptive learning experiences for your learners based on their profiles and various learning content you have available and stored in your LRS.

2. Course Authoring Tools

Make sure you’re able to create and design some, if not most, of the learning content you create for your employees. You’ll want to be able to tailor your learning content to the learners inside and across your organization. Each organization should have unique learning and development goals and needs, and its learning content should reflect that.

3. Mobility

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Most of your employees are already using and bringing multiple devices to work. Make sure they can easily access their LMS and learning content via their mobile devices to ensure their learning is adapting to their lifestyles and everyday work environments.

4. Microlearning and Gamified Content

Make sure your LMS can cater to microlearning and gamified content that is distributed based on learners’ profiles and performance. You’ll want to provide learning content to your learners in short increments that are fewer than 5 minutes long and offer gamified learning content that adapts to their learning styles in real time.

5. Personalized and Curated Content

Offer your learners access to learning content that is highly personalized, such as allowing them to create an avatar in a simulated environment or addressing them by name when they start a new microlearning module. And offer them curated content that is tailored to their individual learning paths. For instance, software developers will want to know and learn about new trends and skills relevant to their career trajectories, which will be separate from what an operations manager for a retail company would want to know and learn about.

6. Instant Assessment Scores, Feedback, and Recommended Resources

An LMS that implements adaptive learning should also offer learners access to real-time assessment scores and performance feedback so that they can change their learning plans and pace as needed. In addition, learners should be offered resources relevant to their individual learning path, style, and pace, at the end of each assessment or module, so that they can continue to learn and hone their skills in a way that makes sense for them individually.
If you want your LMS to execute adaptive learning, make sure it has the six features listed above.