Do you need to change your training approach based on the LMS features or select the LMS features based on your training requirement?
Every organization has its own training strategies, so it is important to first look at the training needs and then select LMS features. The process of LMS selection becomes easy when you are clear your training needs. There is variety of LMSs available in the market and it may difficult for you to select the best LMS, according to your training needs. LMS vendors may provide a very comprehensive list of features to select. As a training manager you may play a major role in selecting new LMS and may get confused in selecting the required features.
From the latest eLearning guild’s survey report, I am listing only top 10 features, which every LMS must have. These are the features which most of the organizations use for their online training. There are some other features, which may be important to your organization but are not listed here.
1. eLearning uploading and tracking
2. Report builder
3. Email notifications
4. Search courses
5. eLearning versions history
6. Assigning training
7. Change view to Manager
8. Built-in quiz engine and tracking results
9. Catalog management
10. Grades management
You may create some ‘use-cases’ on these features based on your training structure and ask the LMS vendors to demonstrate it. You may set a different score to each feature as per the importance percentage mentioned in the image and evaluate the LMS.
In case you already have an LMS you may then re-evaluate these features. If necessary you can customize them to make it user-friendly, or look for any other alternative. Most of the training activities depend on these features, so it should not be time consuming or complex. Every LMS may have these features, so evaluate them based on the intuitive knowledge of usage and meet all your training needs.
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There are many Learning Management Systems (LMSs) available in the market. We have both commercial and open-source LMSs. These LMSs may have all the basic features required to host and manage trainings. But, the main issue arises when you want to customize the training workflow as per the current structure and add advance features which are difficult to manage in the existing process.
A Learning Management System (LMS) is essentially used to plan and publish e-learning courses online, to be accessed by learners. Earlier, LMSs were technology-based and quite complex for end users (both administrators and learners) to navigate and manage courses or access them. Users had to rely on the technical team even for minor issues or requirements. Every problem had to be addressed by IT personnel. This was frustrating and resulted in an unenthusiastic response to the LMS as a whole by the users. Very few registered for the courses, and even those who did never completed them. Only mandatory compliance courses had 100% completion rates for obvious reasons!
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) help us in managing eLearning, classroom or virtual trainings easily. Apart from the structured training curriculum, you can provide your learners with additional learning resources to refresh their learning or give in-depth information. In most cases, the additional material provided is optional.
This optional training material can be shared using various methods.
MOODLE is the acronym of Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It was developed by Martin Dougiamas, a computer scientist and educator. MOODLE is an incredible Learning Management System (LMS) with exceptional features, and it is used extensively in the corporate training world.
One of the most useful features of MOODLE LMS is the activity completion tracking system. It enables the training manager to check the course completion status of the learner. By default, it is not enabled.
To enable this feature, you need to follow the below steps.
Collaborative or social learning is a type of learning where people gain knowledge working in groups. Learners interact with each other and exchange ideas and information to solve problems. Various researches have proven that collaborative learning to be very effective as it improves thinking skills and enhances leadership capabilities. So, how can you facilitate effective collaborative learning in an online environment? Well, you need to use a learning management system (LMS).
Report building is one of the crucial activities in any training process. It helps the training manager track the learner’s performance and training outcomes.
Earlier, this process was done manually. However, with technological advancements, this process has been automated. Now, using a learning management system (LMS), training managers can generate reports with just a click.
Technology is continuously evolving and it is no different with Learning Management Systems. According to a research published by EDUCASE Center for Analysis and Research, the average age of an LMS is eight years. It means that institutions need to replace their LMS every eight years to keep up with their current needs and demands. So, every few years, training managers or stakeholders of organizations will need to make a decision about either changing their existing LMS or modifying their current one. With so many options available, how do they decide which one is right for them? Selecting an LMS that is a “best-fit” for your organization is not an easy task.
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application which helps deliver online training as well as track users’ scores and status. It also helps training managers to generate reports and provide results to each user individually. One of such good tools to develop an LMS is Moodle.
As a training manager, you have to keep the records of your learners’ details, courses assigned to each of them, score sheets, grade reports, issue of certificates, details of registration and limiting access to users.