The Learning Management System (LMS) started out as a technology solution that provided a way for in-person training to migrate online. Since then, it has evolved as a tool to deliver, manage and track all learning that takes place at a user level—helping organizations develop a consistent and reliable way to transfer knowledge and ensure employees retain the material.
You’ve seen how well it is working for others who have decided to move their current training library into the digital world or, you may have come to realize that your present vendor isn’t providing an LMS platform that meets all your needs. The question for you is where do you begin to find the right product to fit your organization? You may wonder, “Exactly how many LMS vendors will I have to choose from?”, “Which one will deliver custom digital media courses that focus on retention and comprehension?”, “How similar are the solutions (features/price) of each one?” We could go on with all the questions you probably have but, we just want to help you select the right LMS provider for your organization.
First, the vendor needs to provide an pricing plan that gives you unlimited course uploads and support at a reasonable price. As the number of active users increases, the price should adjust accordingly but, not in such a shocking way where you feel as if they are just doubling the price. If you don’t know these variables going in, improper LMS selection will drain resources, create headaches and you will find yourself spending more money than you expected. Not all systems will fit your needs but, when a vendor offers transparent pricing and perks such as multi-year discounts, a one-time setup fee and a way you can turn your LMS into a revenue-generating platform; the decision here, we think, is a good one.
The right LMS vendor will offer you a modern, user-focused solution because they recognize the importance of providing an intuitive and engaging learning interface. Do you remember how it felt in school when you had to stay in one spot and listen until class was over? Some people enjoyed it, but for many, it wasn’t fun then, and it isn’t fun now; especially when information isn’t provided in a unique and exciting way. Four valuable features of the right LMS will make learning more convenient by:
- Providing single sign-on so users can access the LMS solution from a secure portal without creating new usernames and passwords.
- Having a centralized LMS platform that delivers learning, webinars, instructor-led training, assessments, certifications and compliance content to multiple devices.
- Making reporting more flexible with real-time data so you can instantly see how effective your training program is and provide feedback promptly; this will encourage people to learn more.
- Easily communicating in social platforms with course content available in LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. In a fast-paced world, this is how you make training more convenient and effective.
The LMS product features are important but, the vendor’s ability and willingness to help you after you’ve purchased their LMS should be a major factor in your decision-making process. You don’t want to buy a product and realize afterward that there is no ongoing support, and now that communication has ended and you don’t know how to transition your existing LMS to theirs you’re on your own. You’re probably going to want extensive training on how to optimize and use your new LMS so you can get the most out of this new purchase. Limited, unresponsive support can hinder your success with the LMS solution. When you have resources that include a personal customer success representative, phone support, unlimited email support, articles, guides and videos, this vendor guarantees success!
Do you want to sell your e-learning courses within the LMS? Do you have a need to connect your LMS to another program like your HR system? If so, you need to make sure that the vendor’s product is capable of doing this. To satisfy individual needs, the right vendor will have a way for you to turn your LMS into a revenue-generating platform so you can sell your valuable content as a subscription or by individual course if you choose. Or, to easily connect to the software programs that are vital to your organization.
We know that training is more difficult and time-consuming particularly in medium to large organizations where employees working in different roles across a variety of physical locations. The right vendor will help streamline this administrative effort, making it easier to ensure that each staff member is receiving the appropriate training they need. Their LMS solution will be available on multiple devices so that employees from all locations can access their assigned training. You should also consider a learning management software that is capable of supporting a multi-lingual audience if your organization operates on a global level.
See How Knowledge Anywhere Can Help
At Knowledge Anywhere, we provide every key feature and service we have mentioned today. When you contact us, we’ll help you prioritize what you need so you can identify your main “pain points.” These could include a vendor you now use who provides poor system support; a difficult interface you’re trying to use; inadequate reporting in your present learning system; lack of key features; or, a product that is difficult to integrate with your existing software programs. We can also help others who need expert guidance and are deciding on a system for the first time.
We’ve given you a list of the most desirable features most organizations will need for more effective online training today. Now, we just have to match your criteria with your targeted learning paths. Finally, let us give you some references from some of the world’s leading brands so you can see why choosing Knowledge Anywhere’s learning management solutions have helped and will keep helping them realize their training vision. We know that time is money so, don’t spend your budget looking for vendors who just make this more complicated. Begin with a vendor who has an in-depth understanding of their product and is ready to serve your organization. When you schedule a live demo, you’ll see how simple selecting the right LMS vendor for your organization is.