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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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.
Recently, a friend of mine turned into an avid food blogger. She cooks, takes pics and shares her recipe online…and she is getting creative at it too! Look at how she designed a logo for her blog with Indian pancake and vegetables.
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.