With several LMS options available in the market today, from open source to proprietary systems, choosing a right LMS that is a good fit for your organization, can be a daunting task. One way to make it simple is just narrow your choices based on your needs.
Here is a list of questions that can help you in selecting a good fit LMS for your organization.
1. How easy is it to get content up on the LMS?
Although the content uploading feature is a basic feature available in all the LMS, most of them come with a complex and time consuming set of procedures. Always make sure that the LMS you choose allows administrators to easily upload content.
2. How user friendly is it?
The adoption rate of any LMS depends on its user friendliness features. Employees do not show interest towards outdated, or difficult to use systems. So evaluate the LMS from your end users perspective and rate the system before making the investment.
3. Will it be easy to set up?
Along with being user friendly, the system should come with a configurable structure that allows cutting on implementation time. The team should be able to set up the LMS in less than 3 weeks, using the existing infrastructure.
4. Will it allow customization as per the requirement?
Every organization is different in its structure and branding and this keeps changing: And the LMS is expected to reflect the way it is. So it is important that the LMS you choose is not rigid in its design and allows easy customizations. Also organizations prefer to tweak or customize the LMS as per their requirements.
5. What analytics features and types of reports are available?
It is natural that the Organization, or the top management, always looks out for the ROI or results of an investment and if they are not tracked, your training activities will show no value. In some cases like performance appraisals and compliance tracking, it becomes mandatory for the management to have reports of user performance data. So make sure that the LMS comes with analytics tools and reporting features that allow your management, to pull the information they need, in the formats of their preference.
6. How well can it be integrated with the CRM, ERP or other programs?
To be in line with today’s challenging business environment, organizations are depending on multiple platforms to meet their business needs. So ensure that the LMS will integrate seamlessly with all those platforms.
7. Does it support collaborative and social learning?
Social media and collaborative learning is the buzz in training industry these days. Rather than formal training sources, employees are showing interest towards Social media and other learning communities, to get access to information that is needed. So before taking a decision, just check whether your LMS has features to can support these varied preferences and fit in these into the training programs.
8. Can I access the LMS on my mobile devices?
With great number of millennials, also called the digital natives, entering into the workforce, there is an increased need for interactive learning on the go. These people no more want to get tied to a desktop for Learning. So flexibility to get trained and enhance knowledge, while on the go, should be provided. The future of corporate learning is Mobile and hence the LMSs should be ready to deal with these digital natives.
9. Will it support the current training methods?
Most of the organizations who offer eLearning to their employees, also deliver training via classrooms, or through conducting webinars. Therefore, we cannot underestimate and forget the importance of tracking and manage these trainings. It is therefore recommended that you choose an LMS that can accommodate your current training methods.
10. Does the set up costs involve any hidden charges?
LMS Set up Cost is the most important element that you need to consider, before taking a decision on the LMS. You should get an idea on all costs associated with the LMS purchase, the total cost of ownership and hidden charges if any, or else it may become an overload in the long run.
Documenting your requirements and evaluating how well each LMS fits into your needs can help you make the right choice.
These are some of my insights; do share if you wish to add more to this list.