Repository Learning

“A Rose by Any Other Name…”


a rose repository cover

In a webinar* sponsored by 360Learning and co-hosted by iorad, they broached the topic of repository learning. I knew what that meant, but I didn’t know it was a thing. We’re used to hearing about learning management systems (LMS) and learning content management systems (LCMS) and even content management systems (CMS). [For a concise article describing the differences between LMS, LCMS, and CMS, check out this article.] But repository learning uses ‘repository’ as an adjective, while learning repository uses it as a noun. But I digress…

I really don’t care what it is called, and neither should you. What it DOES is the important factor, and what it does is makes training AND learning easier for everyone who uses one.

Here are a dozen reasons why you should be using repository learning opportunities for your learners:

  1. 24/7 access: just-in-time learning; asynchronous learning
  2. Increased productivity: learning within the flow of work
  3. Wide audience: augments cross-training opportunities
  4. Showcasing tools: sometimes learners don’t know what they don’t know
  5. Collection management: timely and up-to-date
  6. Continuity: everyone has access to the same training
  7. Frees up trainer time for other projects: new learners, repeat learners
  8. Customizable: flexible to meet changing needs
  9. Organization & structure: audience-specific tagging
  10. Possibility for integration: multiple formats for linking and embedding
  11. Long-term resource: users know where to find it, even if they haven’t needed it recently
  12. What if the content creator leaves? the training is still where it always was

iorad is a learning repository. The tutorials created can be accessed in one Help Center that meets every single one of those twelve reasons to support repository learning. Using a CAPTURE — SHARE — LEARN model, iorad powers the Knowledge Loop.

*You can check out the webinar discussing learning repositories and nine other Tips to Tackle Training Mishaps at:

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