15 Ideas to Customize Your LMS to Deliver Best Results

15 Ideas to Customize Your LMS to Deliver Best Results

Learning Management System plays an important role in planning, developing and managing trainings in any organization. Training programs can be organized easily based on various parameters. An LMS can track trainee performance and training effectiveness and generate reports. It helps integrate all training administration under one roof.

This would be possible if your LMS is structured and customized to suit your organizational needs. Here are 15 ideas to customize your LMS based on your organizational requirements.

1. Ensure that the LMS theme matches the look and feel of your company’s website. In fact, you can choose a different theme for different functions or subsidiaries of your organization.

2. To de-clutter the dashboard, disable default features that are not used. This makes it easier for the user to locate what he or she needs.

3. Re-configure default settings to suit your training requirements. You don’t have to stick to what is on offer by default. You can change them in a manner that fits into your specific scheme of things.

4. Replace default roles with those that reflect your organization’s titles. For instance, Moodle has teacher/student as default roles, which may be irrelevant in a corporate context. You can change them to suit the designations of your organization.

5. Modify user profile fields to better relate to your organizational situations. Some of the default fields may be unnecessary and you could replace them with those that better reflect your organization’s structure.

6. Customize your course catalog to suit your courses and to make it user friendly by grouping them as is done by the L&D department of your organization.

7. Simplify user navigation to reduce the number of clicks needed to access training content. Multiple clicks can frustrate users and dissuade them from visiting the LMS.

8. Generate customized reports that cater to your training evaluation specifications. Default reports may or may not be adequate. LMS is an excellent storehouse of training information that can be used to evaluate training effectiveness.

9. Customize evaluation to include tailor-made questions that provide valuable learner feedback. Many LMSs do not make evaluations mandatory by default; however, training evaluation is a valuable tool as it can help modify and enhance future training programs.

10. Customize the default certificate to match the design of your standard organizational training certificate.

11. Update the default help pages and user manuals based on the changes made to the LMS. Include step-by-step instructions with screenshots for easy comprehension.

12. Set the default language when creating a user profile making use of the multi-lingual features in an LMS. When a user logs in, LMS opens in his/her preferred language. This is a useful feature that is seldom recognized and used particularly for multinational organizations.

13. Use your LMS to be a repository of training material such as PDF documents, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, recorded web conference videos (WebEx/GoTo Meeting) and any other digital content.

14. Have a dedicated team for LMS administration. Else, outsource the function to an external provider.

15. Explore open source LMS as an add-on LMS for training your resellers, distributors, customers or even specific internal training needs (such as for sales personnel).

An important characteristic of successful companies is how much they invest in training and development to be ahead of competition. Training plays an important role in achieving business goals. Managing training through an efficient Learning Management System can go a long way in achieving these business goals. Don’t you agree?

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