In our earlier blog, we had stated that a user-friendly learning management system is the key to encourage users to make use of the resources in an LMS and to help them complete designated courses. So, how do you make your LMS have a user-friendly interface? Here are some ideas.
Organizations invest huge amounts in learning management systems. Courses are developed according to the requirements of training managers or SMEs and hosted on the LMS. The information pertaining to the courses is conveyed to those employees who are expected to take the relevant courses.
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.
Take a quick look at the array of authoring tools available today in the market and you will be spoilt for choice! There are the more popular ones such as Articulate, Lectora, Captivate, Flash and others such as Course Lab, What2Learning, CamStudio working in the same space. All of them are great in their own right and offer multitude of options to create eLearning solutions. So, which ones do you use for your eLearning course?
Investing in an LMS is a big decision that an organization needs to take. Typically organizations look for solutions that address their learning and training requirements. There are many questions that come up in the initial discussions – should we go for proprietary LMSs or should we try open-source? What features should we be looking at, what are the costs involved, will they meet our specifications and so on. However, it is not so much about what a Blackboard, Saba, Sumtotal or Moodle CAN DO or NOT DO but how they can best be customized to cater to our requirements that is more significant. In this context, here are some do’s and don’ts that we can keep in mind while selecting an LMS.
To implement eLearning courses as a part of training curriculum, many factors need to be taken into account. You need to begin with the end in mind, that is to say, you need to set your learning goals. This can be achieved by integrating the right training content and appropriate technology which includes selecting the authoring tools, learning management system and so on. You may choose to develop your courses in-house or you may want to outsource it to an external vendor. However, to do so, you need to evaluate your in-house capabilities to design eLearning courses and assess which parts can be developed in-house and which parts need to be outsourced?
It is estimated that in the next 5 years, more users will connect to the Internet by using their mobile devices than through their PCs. This has interesting implications for training design. Organizations, who are keen to stay in tune with the changing times and offer the best training solutions to their employees, cannot afford to ignore the recent explosion in the use of mobile devices for delivering training.
Learning Management Systems have been playing an important role in planning, developing and managing trainings in most organizations in recent times. LMSs help
- Centralize & automate administration of training (classroom & online)
- Assemble & deliver learning content rapidly
- Enable reuse of knowledge and learning modules
Despite its advantages, many learning and development professionals express their unhappiness when it comes to the performance of their LMS.
Want to design effective training that reduces the performance gaps and help improve productivity? Are you getting started with e-learning development? But, not sure whether enough resources are available. Want to know which authoring tool best suits your e-learning development requirement?
What are the criteria that you need to consider while selecting an authoring tool? As a learning and training expert, we know that we align our training strategy based on the subject matter and audience requirements. When technology in the form of authoring tools becomes a part of the training process i.e. when developing eLearning courses, we have to ensure that it is in sync with the overall strategy we have envisioned for the training program. How do we do it?