LMS Selection, Implementation, and Support
What is an LMS?
A learning management system, more commonly referred to as an LMS, is an educational tool that organizations use to create, deliver, and manage training content. Businesses large and small use LMSs to great success, but there are many details to consider when adopting an LMS. While the definition of learning management systems appears straightforward, there is more than meets the eye.
Once your organization has decided to employ an LMS, it’s time to decide which LMS is best. There are a variety of different types of learning management systems and services, but it can be hard to determine which option is best for your organization. Before you commit to a program, ensure your budget and expatiations are in line with your chosen system.
Which LMS is best
There is no universally agreed-upon “best LMS” but instead a best LMS for YOUR particular needs and culture. The best LMS for one company may not work for another and is entirely dependent on your organization’s current status, needs, available resources, goals, and budget. Thankfully, there is an LMS for every situation.
Locally Installed LMS
Installed LMS programs must be hosted on an organization’s private servers. Installing an LMS locally lets the organization customize the system but, taking full advantage of the technological freedom requires an IT team. A local LMS can be powerful if your organization has IT staff that can administer, customize, support, and scale the software to suit the organization’s needs.
Course Creation Capabilities
Some LMS programs include course-creation tools where an organization can craft custom courses, but these tools are not included in every LMS by default. If your company wants course-creation tools, carefully check the specifications of each LMS you are considering. Some LMS programs offer course-creation tools for an additional charge while other LMS systems do not offer creation tools at all and only distribute course content. The ability to create custom courses may be invaluable for organizations with niche needs, but most organizations will find the existing courses offered by LMS services satisfactory.
Software as a Service
The alternative option to locally installing an LMS program is to buy the software as a service. The software as a service model lets your organization pay a monthly fee for access to the LMS software. This takes the technical burden off the organization and leaves it with the LMS program vendor; you do not need a dedicated IT team to support a SaaS LMS as upgrades, maintenance, and support are included in the monthly price. Painless scalability and adding or removing hundreds of users is simple with a SaaS LMS.
Why is LMS Important?
An LMS provides support and structure during the training process. By storing, sorting, and distributing learning material through an LMS, learners can access their content without hassle while lessening the administrative load often associated with employee training. When an LMS is properly implemented, the employee training process can progress smoothly and without confusion.
SkillSource Learning’s LMS consultants start by assessing your business’ current situation and end goals before evaluating possible learning management solutions in line with the project’s scope.
Our LMS consultants work with your business to find the ideal LMS program while creating job aids, support content, and training materials. We help you create a plan for your new LMS so the program can be implemented without leaving content gaps or unresolved concerns.
Once the LMS program has been selected, Skill Source Learning’s consultants assist with administrative tasks such as user support, reporting, loading courses, and other duties to ensure your business is comfortable and secure with the LMS.
LMS Technologies & Content Platforms
There are only a few different general LMS types, but there are a plethora of LMS platforms that offer different services to suit your needs.
One of the most popular, free, open-source cloud-based LMS services is Moodle. Moodle offers a central dashboard that tracks learners’ course progress, customizable course options, mobile app versions, and third-party integration with Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps.
Canvas is an LMS program designed to increase learner engagement and is popular with academic institutions. Canvas has mobile apps, classroom web conferencing, data reports for instructors and a new feature called Arc. Arc is used to upload and share videos to digital classrooms to increase collaboration between students and their instructors. There is no publicly listed price for Canvas, and you must contact Instructure directly for a quote.
Cornerstone LMS is a web-based LMS that supports compliance and employee-driven training with customizable learning experiences. Cornerstone also features built-in course creation and authorship tools, gamification, video conferencing, and mobile versions. There is no publicly listed price for Cornerstone, and you must contact Cornerstone OnDemand to receive a quote.
LMS programs are a great tool for organizations to create, distribute, and track employee training. Choosing the best LMS for your business requires proper research and consideration, but SkillSource Learning’s LMS consultants can help you find the ideal LMS for your needs. Click here to learn more.
LMS Technologies and Content Platforms
- Kenexa Learn
- Adobe Captivate Prime
- And more…
Activities That Our LMS Consultants Typically Perform
- Writing and/or managing the request for proposal (RFP) process.
- Evaluating learning management solutions according to scope and requirement.
- Creating engaging training and performance support materials (job aids).
- Providing LMS administrative support such as help desk support, loading courses, running reports, and other duties as requested.