With over 140 learning management systems (LMS) to choose from, it can be very difficult to decide which one would be the best fit for your company. This task can be even more arduous when budgets are being tightened and it therefore becomes a balancing act when weighing up cost against benefit.
This blog post will aid you in your decision making process, making the transition to an LMS easier and more successful.
An LMS can be implemented for varying segments, from corporations, that can use an LMS for staff training & certification across multiple locations, to training providers, who use LMS’s to provide e-learning courses for a diverse audience.
When choosing a learning management system, consider these elements:
- Decide which features are fundamental to your institution’s training and development needs, e.g. course development, content and administration. A list of key terms for each feature can be seen in the table below.
- Pick a deployment model or type of platform on which your software operates. There are two choices, one that is hosted online or another that its licensed to you and hosted on your own servers. Whichever you choose make sure that it is compatible with your business.
Other key factors to consider when deciding which LMS to choose is the size and type of organisation you have. If, for example it’s a small, non-profit organisation it’s LMS needs may contrast greatly to a multinational banking corporation. Think, therefore about the end number of users and the amount of functionality required.
Finally there are a few things to avoid or look out for:
- Avoid choosing an LMS that isn’t user friendly. If a platform has too many administrative features, these may be unnecessarily confusing – are all the features useful to your organisation? Evaluate the level of customisation that will suit your training needs before you settle on specific software.
- Avoid choosing an LMS just because another corporation you know has just purchased it. They may have completely different needs and requirements that you have. Fundamentally choose an LMS that suits your industry requirements or your business’s training needs.
If you need any help deciding which platform will be best for you, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be there to give you a helping hand.