Have You Considered Asking Your Learners Whether They Need to Take the Course?

Learning administrators can at times suffer from a certain smugness. Although it’s unlikely that they have met the vast majority of the learners in their learning management system (LMS), these administrators are confident that they know—with absolute certainty—what learners need.

These admins will enthusiastically click away, enrolling learners into courses and curricula. In the minds of these learning professionals, mother knows best and they are mother.

“Eat your broccoli. Clean your room. Take these courses.”

If these LMS administrators are feeling generous, they may let the learner “test out” of a course or curriculum. Learners who pass the exam will be exempt from having to complete the other activities. This is the learning and development equivalent of being allowed to eat dessert even though you didn’t touch your dinner.

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