The development of different applications of LMS is still increasing because of various advantages. Israel (2015) reported that the use of online classrooms reduces the cost for businesses as on many occasions, for instance, employees have to travel to attend training sessions, businesses and educational institutes use this for cost saving purpose. Additionally, it has some other advantages include creating and managing online classes as time efficient over the traditional methods of teaching and multiple people can make use of these services from any geographical area simultaneously for multiple times (Kulshrestha & Kant, 2013). Moreover, the information created using LMS is well organized therefore making it easier for user to access and look-up any information they require. As many people are connected to the internet and majority have access to a mobile device, it information they need is just a click away and can be consumed while travelling. (Moore & Kearsley, 2007). In addition, LMS enable content creators to personalize the content according to the taste of the user. Each user’s needs and ability to follow a program are different and therefore it helps individually if lessons can be personalized to their preference. One of the best advantages of using LMS is that content can be updated easily and frequently. With the fast paced world, innovations are taking place at a faster rate and this requires that material taught doesn’t go out of date but keeps up with the time. The LMS ensures that this is followed through. The use of various multimedia videos, audio, images etc. in the process of creating content serves as a tool for them to learn new skills. It fosters communication between other users and their teachers meaning more collaboration between individuals. (Santos, 2003; Matucheski & Lupion, 2010)
While considering the huge benefit of LMS application, various sectors adopted LMS for different purposes. Top industry users of LMS were the education sector (Dobre, 2015) followed by technology companies (Ülker & Yılmaz, 2016), a mix of marketing and logistics (Murphy, 2012) firms, financial services comprise the rest. After technology firms are manufacturing companies, followed by consulting firms. The main reason for the use of LMS in manufacturing firms (Bakar & Jalil, 2017) is because of the complexity of the work that automated student tracking can ease.
In educational institutions, it is often used to deliver online courses to off-site students. While in organisations, HR departments used to provide training to employees and other staffs. Business enterprises and corporations use these courses mainly to polish the skills of their employees or as a requirement for their promotion. Similarly, Professional groups in regulated industries like engineering, financial services and medicine use it to fulfill compliance training for their staff license (Murphy, 2012). Entrepreneurs use it to offer crash courses in accounting, writing or other skills that maybe relevant to their field of work (Pardede & Lyons, 2012). And finally, self-learners or those just wanting to take up a hobby can use this system or even choose to give classes in the field of their domain. They can share their knowledge and skills on crafts, photography, cooking, gardening etc. (Rosini, 2013; Silva, 2013)
Its usage is not exceptional for aviation industry which is a highly complex and profitable sector with many stakeholders. Hence, it is important that smooth functioning of the industry is ensured. All the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders must be in harmony so that the system doesn’t breakdown. There are many rules being regulated for its smooth functioning from pilots to aircrew and to the ground staff. The training requirements for them are vast and never ending. In such a situation, e-learning is the best choice for them (Dibakanaka & Hiranburana, 2012). According to Pappas (2013), given the hectic schedule of staff members working in airports, the use of LMS to give training is a wise choice as they can learn according to their schedule as opposed to traditional learning methods where repeat classes are not held. Flexibility is the main attraction of using LMS. As airports and airlines constantly hire new staff, arranging training sessions for them according to their schedule is an impossible affair. Therefore automating the orientation and training sessions is very handy and the best investment choice these companies can make. With constant changes in technology, the aviation industry also undergoes simultaneous changes. Under such circumstances, online learning materials can be easily updated to reflect the present state of technology (ICAO, 2014). Updating materials in the traditional sense of learning can be tedious. McIntosh (2008) pointed out that the aviation industry usually has low profit margins despite being a large industry and the shift to LMS based learning techniques is a huge relief on the industry’s purse strings. The main attractions of eLearning are the cost and scale, which is great for the aviation industry. Either a small team can benefit from it or tens of thousands of employee.