Technology is constantly evolving and so are the learning management systems. Gone are the days when the sole purpose of an LMS was to host courses and track user completion of the courses. Today’s learning management systems can do a lot more than that.
In an LMS feasibility study published by University of North Carolina
/2010/08/osc_feasibility_study_summary.pdf) the following attributes were considered important to define the best LMS solution.
- Interoperability and Flexibility
- Cost Effectiveness
- Support and Training
- Ease of Use
- Scalability & Sustainability
Interoperability and Flexibility: The LMSs of today are based on modular components that support different services and are not bound by a single platform. This ensures interoperability between LMSs and provides the flexibility to tweak and change learning paths and modules as per the changing demands of learners and organizations. Therefore, this is an important aspect to check if your current LMS can do this.
Cost Effectiveness: Cost of learning management system involves licensing, hosting and per user/ seat charge. Organizations might also incur ongoing costs of customization, administration and vendor support in addition to the fixed one-time costs. Sometimes, open-source LMSs such as Moodle have an advantage as there are no licensing costs and the money saved can be used to provide better user-support and administration. If operating costs of your existing LMS are escalating, you may wish to consider more cost-effective options because though the initial costs involve migrating an LMS may be high, it might turn out to be viable in the long run.
Support and Training: In our experience in managing and administrating client LMSs, we realized that usability of LMS and user-support are critical in making an LMS successful within an organization. If you do not have an in-house support system to enthuse and motivate users to use the LMS, you may want to think of hiring an external help that supports your LMS administration and management. Ideally, you should choose an LMS provider who becomes your partner in training and supporting LMS implementation within the organization. If your existing vendor fails to deliver, you can shop for other providers in the market.
Ease of Use: In a survey conducted by Training Inc, most organizations have rated Usability as most critical factor in the success or failure of an LMS. The design and folder structure in an LMS needs to be intuitive and standardized across the organization. This ensures that the user does not get lost and knows where to find what he/she is looking for on logging into the system. An LMS that helps create such an environment and provides the flexibility to do so according to your organizational needs would be ideal. Does your existing LMS fulfill these criteria? If not, it is time to shift.
Scalability & Sustainability: When you first adopted an LMS, you might have catered to say 1000 users with a handful of courses. However, as you grow and expand, users have increased, number of courses hosted also increases and per user costs are no longer cost effective and viable. You may also require a higher data storage space and you might want to look for a more sustainable option in the long run particularly if you are in dynamic environment with numbers of users and courses varying from time to time.
If your existing LMS does not fulfill any of the above criteria, it is time to think of migrating to another LMS that best handles your learning requirements. Shifting to a more compatible and viable LMS is no longer a complicated matter as it seemed to be a few years ago. Of course, it takes time and effort and involves careful streamlining and planning. But it is an effort that is best taken in the long term interest of the organization.
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It is common knowledge that companies need to manage their training programs effectively to enhance productivity make the most of their training dollar. So, how can you make sure that you get the highest ROI on training? What does it take to equip your staff members with the needed knowledge and skills in a very efficient and cost-effective manner? Well, you need to use a Learning Management System (LMS).
It is common knowledge that technology is developing rapidly and many training programs are delivered online. Many learners have easy access to the Internet. So, they can take all required courses on the go. Learners need to be certified after completing the course. Are you a course provider using Moodle as an online platform for the course delivery and want to award certificates to your learners? Then, let us see how to add certificates for your courses using Moodle.
Many organizations are adopting eLearning to train their employees and this is where they need a Learning Management System (LMS) – to track and monitor learning activities. An LMS is a web-based application and can be used to plan, implement and track the learning content. It acts as a centralized system to deliver online training programs.
Moodle is the most preferred online learning platform. As it is open source software it’s very popular. It can be easily customized according to our requirements.
Moodle is a very powerful LMS, used by several organizations to manage their training programs. This incredible software is ranked as the #1 LMS product by the E-learning Guild, in terms of market share. A majority of learning management needs can be met in a cost-effective manner, using this open-source software.
Moodle – a very powerful, yet highly affordable Learning Management System (LMS). This incredible software has been rated as the most popular LMS in the world, by Capterra. The high degree of flexibility and versatility of Moodle makes it a boon to training managers.
Are you a training manager? Do you want to initiate eLearning in your company? Or, are you a trainer who wants to host the courses online to reach global audiences? If you have a very limited budget and a few eLearning modules to host as a pilot to see if it works for you or not. Later, you may scale it up if it is successful. It may be difficult to go with a proprietary or commercial Learning Management System (LMS), just to host a couple of modules. It is ideal use a scalable and cost-effective LMS that can be set up quickly.
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As LMS is used to track important information about creation of a course and helps manage learning effectively. But, most importantly, an LMS is used to track status of all users. In my previous blog, I have discussed about generation of grading report and course creation. In this blog, we will look at another important report – Number of attempts.
In my last blog, I had referred to an article by Marc Rosenberg, in his series Marc My Words, in the Learning Solutions Magazine titled, “In Learning and Performance Ecosystems, the Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts”.
Marc has talked about six components of the learning ecosystem, which I divided into two categories –
As a training manager, you need to track learner s’ details, courses assigned to each of them, score sheet, grade reports, issue of certificates, details of registration and limiting access to courses, etc. This looks quite simple when there are 2-3 users but imagine the effort you have to put in to track all this information pertaining to hundreds of learners. The best way to keep this work simple is to maintain a Learning Management System (LMS).
As you all know, every organization imparts training to their employees. The training programs can be varied in terms of delivery, procedure or evaluation but the core part – imparting knowledge and skills is always the same. Training always helps employees to perform better and grow as individuals. Training employees ultimately results in the company’s growth. Thus, this is a win-win approach.
Now-a-days, product manufacturing organizations, training companies and other firms are looking for online training solutions. These solutions can range from a simple portal where courses can be hosted and with limited tracking and reporting features to complex LMSs that allow training to be managed very effectively and generate very detailed training reports. The main objective is to automate current training methods to save time and effort and get highly accurate training data.
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) play a key role in maximizing the ROI on training by helping companies track the learner progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the training program in an efficient manner. So, how can organizations choose the best LMS? What are the aspects they need to consider to zero in on the right LMS to meet their training management needs effectively? Let us see.
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) play a vital role in the effective management of corporate training programs. These systems help you track the progress of the learner and generate reports about the training program which go a long way in ensuring a high Return on Investment (ROI) on your training expenditure.
How do you select the right Learning Management System (LMS) that effectively meets your needs? What are the features of the ideal LMS? Well, the University of North Carolina, in an LMS feasibility study, stated that the best LMS needs to possess the following 5 attributes.
Effective use of a Learning Management System (LMS) goes a long way in maximizing the ROI on training expenditure. However, many organizations are not able to make the best use of their LMSs due to the prevalence of various myths about LMS administration. Here is an info-graphic that intends to bring out the facts.
Do you wish to know the key terms associated with the use of Learning Management Systems (LMSs)? Then you are at the right place. Here is an info-graphic that lists the terms, frequently used in connection with LMSs.
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are used to track learners’ progress. We can track the portion of the course that the learner has completed, his score and the time spent on each activity. It is a centralized system for an organization to deliver training programs. These days, many organizations are adopting eLearning to train their employees, and hence companies need an LMS to track and monitor learning activities.
It is no exaggeration to say that Tin Can API or Experience API, as it is also called, has revolutionized the world of eLearning. This API, the successor to SCORM, goes a long way in overcoming the drawbacks of SCORM. Now, let us see how this latest specification for learning technology helps train your staff better.
Organizations are now moving away from commercial LMSs towards smaller, lesser known and open sources systems such as MOODLE because of the customizations possible in Moodle. In this blog, let’s see how to customize the language text in your learning management system (LMS) design without any programming.
Moodle- an incredible Learning Management System (LMS) that helps you manage your training programs in a highly efficient manner. According to a report released by Capterra, this wonderful open-source software is the world’s most popular LMS. Why is Moodle the choice of the corporate world? What makes it the ideal LMS? To find out, let us now see what this amazing tool can do for you.
As discussed in my earlier blog, besides having an LMS and courses compatible to SCORM, the developer needs to know the versions of SCORM and its specifications. I have also discussed in detail about these SCORM versions:
- SCORM 1.0
- SCORM 1.1
- SCORM 1.2
Let us now see some advanced versions of SCORM.
Virtual classroom training refers to the mode of training where employees and trainers interact in an online mode through a web based application. The Face-to-Face plugin for Moodle, an open source LMS, allows you to manage class room sessions.
As discussed in my previous blogs, online courses should be made compatible to SCORM standards if you wish to track your eLearning activities, and there are some key steps to do that .