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Is Your Learning Management System (LMS) Holding You Back?

Continuous learning is crucial for staying ahead. Organizations, particularly those with frontline staff, have been turning to Learning Management Systems (LMS) for years in an attempt to streamline training processes, enhance employee skills, and improve overall performance.

But not all learning platforms are created equally.

Understanding Learning Management Systems

A Learning Management System is a software application designed to manage, deliver, and track training and educational programs. These systems provide a centralized platform for creating, organizing, and distributing learning content, making it an invaluable tool for organizations looking to standardize training across different departments.

Frontline staff, often operating in fast-paced environments, benefit significantly from a structured approach to training.


Most LMS platforms have features that include:

Centralized Content Library:

LMS’s allows organizations to store all training materials in one accessible location, ensuring consistency and easy updates.

Tracking and Assessment:

Organizations can monitor employees' progress through built-in tracking and assessment tools, ensuring accountability and identifying areas for improvement.

Flexibility and Accessibility:

LMS platforms often support mobile learning, enabling frontline staff to access training materials in a time and place that’s convenient to them and their job role, fostering a culture of continuous learning. However, some platforms still utilize longform content that must be completed on a computer, pulling employees away from their usual duties to complete lengthy training.

While LMS platforms have contributed to the success of workplace training, it’s important to understand their capabilities and limitations.


  • Scalable training solutions for large organizations
  • Standardized content for consistent learning experiences
  • Data-driven insights for personalized learning paths


  • Potential for information overload
  • Content often takes too much time to complete
  • Limited engagement in traditional e-learning formats
  • Content is generic and not relevant to industry-specific needs
  • Can be difficult to find information you need quickly
  • Often requires computer access with employee email/password to log in

israel-andrade-YI_9SivVt_s-unsplashMany LMS platforms require learner logins, making it difficult for employees without a company email address to access important training information.

The Future of Effective Learning Platforms

As technology continues to evolve, so does the future of how we train employees. Here’s where we see the future of workforce learning headed:

Personalization and Adaptive Learning:

AI-driven adaptive learning systems will tailor training content based on individual employee performance, ensuring efficient and targeted learning experiences as well as opening up opportunities for upskilling and career advancement.


Integration with Emerging Technologies:

Incorporation of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) for immersive and interactive training experiences. While we’re not quite there yet, the ability to embed training content directly into 3rd party software or digital checklists is emerging today.

Enhanced Analytics for Predictive Insights:

Advanced analytics will provide organizations with predictive insights, allowing them to proactively address skill gaps and future training needs.


The Pineapple Difference

In pursuit of innovation, Pineapple Academy was created by a couple of guys working in the foodservice industry. They saw the issues plaguing the industry and knew what it needed. While LMS’s hit everything that employees working at a desk need, operators that are busy in a kitchen or on their feet in a facility need fast, simple training right in their existing workflow. Here’s how Pineapple Academy compliments a traditional learning management system.

Content is King:

Enough with the 15 – 20 min modules that regurgitate generic info. Pineapple recognized that blended, short-form learning in 5-minute-or-less video is easier to consume and far more memorable. Think of Pineapple Academy as a digital library and content management system for frontline industries.

Seamless Integration with Workflow:

Pineapple Academy allows training content to be directly integrated into a deskless employee’s workflow using strategically placed QR codes or links shared to smartphones or tablets, ensuring real-time access and application.

Public Marketplace for Expert Content:

The platform hosts a public marketplace featuring 3rd party content creators who are experts in their field. This opens up a world of diverse and specialized training content, enhancing the overall learning experience across all deskless industries.

Content Hub:

Loving your current LMS but want more content? Pineapple’s design makes it easy to stream our content directly into your existing LMS utilizing a format known as SCORM 1.2. This allows your learners to access our courses while still providing the compliance reporting your organization requires.

ipadPineapple Academy features expert-led micro videos designed to quickly onboard and train frontline staff right in their workflow.


Final Thought

As organizations strive to empower their frontline staff with the skills needed to excel, the role of Learning Management Systems becomes increasingly vital. The future promises exciting advancements, and platforms like Pineapple Academy exemplify the innovation needed to meet the evolving needs of the workforce. The journey towards effective and engaging workplace training continues, leading the way into a new era of learning and development.

Want to see how it works? We’re happy to give you a 15-minute demo of our platform and a free trial to test it out with your frontline staff!


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