If you are shopping for an LMS, there are several options available in the market today. In fact, the multitude of options that are available is bound to confuse decision makers. There are LMSs which you can purchase off-the-shelf and get it customized as per your needs. On the other hand, if you have the requisite resources, you could also build an LMS on your own as per the requirements of your organization. However, deciding on what the best option is, can be primarily based on five factors. They are Customizability, Time involved, Cost involves, Scalability and Maintenance.
Customizability: Before you commence your search for an LMS, it is important to assess the requirements of your organization. Off-the-shelf LMS usually need certain customizations to suit the individual needs of the organization. Having knowledge of your requirements, will help you assess the extent to which the LMSs that are available in the market, can cater to your specific requirements. You need to compare the features and customizations that are possible before zeroing in on the best option.
Cost involved: When you build your own LMS, you invest in a team of professionals who do it for you and you become an owner of the solution. However, when you purchase an off-the-shelf LMS, you are paying for the license to use their solution. LMS vendors typically have different subscription plans and you need to consider total costs that are involved taking into the consideration the administration, maintenance and support that are required for the purpose you need to distinguish between the functions that can be managed internally and those the need to be administered though the vendor. This will give you clarity in terms of the costs involved. In additional you also need to factor the costs of future upgrades.
Time involved: Off-the-shelf courses help you be up and running with the system faster than a custom-built solution. It usually takes a long time for an organization to build a learning management system internally. If it is not possible for you to invest that amount of time, finding a suitable off-the shelf solution would be the best option. However, if you have highly skilled and trained manpower who are capable of customizing open source LMSs, you could also consider it as another option.
Adaptability & scalability: You also need to consider the scalability of the LMS to meet future changes in the organization. You might expand your business to newer geographical locations or you might acquire other businesses. Can the LMS be scalable to meet the future changes? Would it be viable in terms of the costs? You will need to evaluate how adaptable the system would be to future changes or requirements.
Maintenance & support: A learning management system is not a product that once purchased is good for life. You need to carefully consider the support that is provided by the vendor who supplies the LMS and make sure that there are no hidden costs involved. You need to consider whether you want to have the LMS hosted or installed based on the infrastructure at your organization and the availability of internal technical support.
Decision makers will need to evaluate specific requirements of their organizations to come to a conclusion about the best solution. If they choose to purchase an LMS they also need to weigh the pros and cons and long term implications of such investments. Open source LMS are growing in popularity for their ease and flexibility as installations, customizations are fairly easy once a team of professionals get a hang of their functionalities. Organizations can consider such options if their requirements needs a lot of customization which may not be met by off-the-shelf LMSs. In such situations, it is best to hire a team of professionals to build or customize an LMS and support your needs at all times on a continuous basis.
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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.