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. So, where do you begin to find the right product to fit your organization? This article will help you start to think about what is important to your business and what to look for in an LMS provider.
In addition to reading this article, a great resource to help you recognize attributes in an LMS that matter most to your organization and simplifying the research and comparison process is the FREE LMS Evaluation Checklist. It provides a helpful visual grid with a criteria rating system to help you easily narrow down your LMS provider list.
First, the vendor needs to provide an pricing plan that gives you unlimited course uploads and support at a reasonable price. Also keep in mind that as the number of active users increases, the price will most likely adjust accordingly. 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, keep an eye out for vendors that 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 right LMS vendor will offer you a modern, user-focused solution because they recognize the importance of providing an intuitive and engaging learning interface. Four valuable features in an LMS that will make learning more convenient for your learners are:
- Single Sign-On (SSO): With SSO, users can access the LMS solution from a secure portal without creating new usernames and passwords.
- Centralized LMS platform: An LMS that delivers learning, webinars, instructor-led training, assessments, certifications and compliance content to multiple devices.
- Flexible Reporting: 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.
- Connectivity: The ability to connect your LMS with other applications and tools that you use in your elearning process is important.
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 are probably going to want help transitioning to your platform with 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. Look for vendors with resources that include a personal customer success representative, phone support, unlimited email support, articles, guides and videos.
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 are also happy to help people who need expert guidance and are deciding on a system for the first time.
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