November 5th, 2012 Instructional Design

WordPress is awesome – at least we certainly think so! As a blogging platform, CMS, and soon LMS via LearnDash, WordPress offers flexibility beyond any open-source software available today.

In the educational space, WordPress is really starting to make a name for itself. For example, the ultra-popular website EDU Blogs hosts teacher and faculty blogs at some of the most prestigious institutions all over the world, helping to foster engagement between teacher and student beyond just the classroom. Many education related websites are WordPress based, and the countless number of plugins (often created by educators themselves) allows for easy customization tailored to the target audience.

But while educational institutions are well aware of the benefit of WordPress, businesses in the private sector are just starting to take notice – particularly in regards to how it can help enhance employee performance.

The corporate environment sometimes faces a little more inertia when it comes to adopting new technologies or methods for learning and training initiatives. For example, I cannot tell you the number of archaic MS Word document job aids that I have come across with clients that are outdated, cluttered, and just plain boring. What’s more, many people in an organization know that certain job aids exist, but they don’t know where they are stored. In most cases, multiple versions are floating around the company intranet without a specific owner or creator identified. This is a source of much confusions and frustration.

There is an opportunity to do better in the job aid space, and WordPress is just the answer.

Cathy Moore has a video on how an organization can utilize the WordPress functionality to create a dynamic job aid that is not only stimulating, easily updated, and effective, but also eliminates the multiple version issue that plague so many companies. Employees that have useful tools with timely and current information will be more likely to perform better at their jobs. Just another reason why WordPress rocks for training, and why we are so excited to bring a learning management system to the WordPress platform.

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About Justin Ferriman

Justin Ferriman started LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Justin's Homepage | Twitter

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