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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Performing learning management activities using an LMS, in an organization with a few employees, is easy. But, performing these activities in a company with several staff members, in a short time period, can be quite hectic. Usually, these “bulk”, time-bound activities need to be performed when you setup a new LMS and want to do lot of activities in the initial stages to set all the pre-training settings. Also, you need to perform these activities if you assign a selected set of courses to a group of specific users.
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.