Great Tips for Selecting a Learning Management SystemBACK
Learning Management Systems (LMS) are centralized eLearning platforms for creating learning opportunities in both schools and the workplace. Through digital technology, learning becomes more efficient, allowing learning advantages such as seamless learning, 24/7 access to knowledge courses, and a collaborative platform for updating and distributing LMS learning content.
There are several LMS in the market offering different features and making bold promises at different price ranges. How do you know which one is the right LMS for your organization? We’ve sifted through the best practices to help you select the best option for your school or corporation. Here are some considerations worthy of a look-see:
Examine and ask questions about the LMS or product roadmap with the vendor representative. This is an important consideration that allows you to see crucial information about the LMS’ past development, including details about regular updates, priorities and resources that led to its current state. A roadmap shows if the vendor was active, consistent and accurate with its objectives and deadlines.
Inquire about plans for development. Development should be customer-centric. Check to see if development is in tune with customers’ demands and requests.
Inquire about knowledge bases, help guides, videos and customer service. There should be support in place to assist your organization or school in the integration, maintenance and content of the LMS. Assess customer support for speed and thoroughness of response to issues. A real contact person from the vendor who cares about the success of your learning and development program should be available. This includes content support with a deep understanding of content standards, main authoring tools and other content-related issues.
Is a quick launch possible? Ask questions about the implementation timelines, including vendor support in helping your meet your milestones and deadlines.
Avoid an overly complicated system with unwanted features. It will be difficult to use. This means delays and costs in additional training.
The best LMS have the right features, not the most features. Know your organization’s needs and beware of unwanted features. Complex systems will diminish user experience.
PRICING AND HIDDEN COSTS
There are different pricing models. Know what is right for your organization and understand the vendor’s pricing model well. Some price models are based on usage volume or the number of active users. Know what happens when you exceed those limits. An automatic lock-out due to excess users or usage may be detrimental or embarrassing.
Know what costs are relevant to your needs. You may be facing hidden and unwanted costs. Set-up fees, requirements workshops, solution design, customizations, testing and bug fixing, data migration, and upgrade costs are just some of them.
An LMS should integrate well with other systems in your company or organization. Integrating with API, SSO or webhooks can allow customization for specific requirements. Know if LMS integration with these advantageous tools is provided by the vendor.
SCALABILITY, RELIABILITY and SECURITY
These are three very important factors in LMS investment. First, is the LMS a scalable solution? What is the biggest number of users the LMS can handle? Know about capabilities for number of users and courses, as well as the number of concurrent users and request response times.
Second, you need to consider reliability. What safeguards are in place during peak usage times? Inquire about uptime, monitoring in place and your vendor’s LMS disaster recovery plan.
And third, you need to know it’s secure. Find out if your vendor’s LMS is capable of complying with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. Is it fully secured over SSL and HTTPs? Has the system undergone regular security tests?
Basically, you’ll want to know if you can trust your vendor. As an organization that may be using a vendor’s system, one should know about that vendor’s experience and capabilities in LMS design. These 6 should help your organization find more clarity.
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