In the FAQ section here, we will try to answer most of your questions when it comes to using an LMS. Please leave any new questions you might have as comments below.
A learning management system (LMS for short) is a software application that is used to administer, track, report and deliver training.
The LMS software delivers, tracks and records the details of all compliance, regulatory or induction training content. It allows employees or partners to take their training anytime, anywhere and on any device.
1.Open source and Commercial
Open source LMSs are ‘free’ and commercial ones incur a cost. Open source LMSs require a lot of set up, hosting, maintenance and upgrades to keep afloat.
2.Installation and Cloud-based (Saas)
The choice here is whether to use an installed LMS approach (on your organization’s hardware )or to use a cloud-based service.
A cloud-based learning platform ( cloud LMS or LMS on cloud )is one that doesn’t require you to install specific hardware or software in order to access and use it. By logging into a website you can access the features of the software.
Yes, and it’s an ideal solution If you have an internal IT department or access to developers then an open-source or Moodle-based system can provide a good solution but it has its challenges. Some of these systems can be a little flat or user-unfriendly but that does not impact on their ability to deliver the functionality that you need.
We would recommend that you go thru the LMS providers and their pricing here.
Moodle (while still a popular choice) suffers from the reality that it offers a poor user experience. It is also really difficult to customize… painfully so.
If you need cloud-based learning management system packed with features but without the hefty price-tag then you need to take a serious look at Seamscloud.
You could find more examples here.
Yes, your LMS vendor or third party vendors can help you create Bespoke eLearning courses. They may use the raw content that you have or use content that is specifically created for you. The examples and case studies would be relevant to your organization and the assessments would be specifically designed for you.
One of the main benefits of using an LMS is the growth and development of skills and knowledge amongst your employees.
The LMS provides a business with somewhere to centralise its training and development content. The content can be stored, managed, edited and deleted from within the same administration dashboard.
However, we can distil down the use cases into a high-level list:
-Employee Training and onboarding
– Customer or Partner Training and onboarding
-eCommerce ( eLearning platform/courses )
Yes. You can assign a certification to a course. Each user that completes the course will get the related certification.
Yes! You can create tests and surveys and analyse user-submitted data.
Which is the best LMS software?
That’s a tricky one. In the end, best (or simple LMS) is the one that best suits your requirement. We can help put together some questions for you to ask a prospective LMS software provider. You might want to start here on that one.
The must-have features that no LMS should be without:
1.e-Learning Technical Standards: The LMS should comply with eLearning standards such as SCORM and Tin-Can.
2.Multichannel Accessibility: Employees need to be able to access their user account and training material through desktop, tablet and smartphone devices.
3.Course Creation and Importing: Administrators should be able to create courses, assign users and import course material from other formats.
4.Easy Document Management: Administrators should have the ability to upload and manage company policy documents, training material, and external certification documentation.
5.Training Calendars and Scheduling: The LMS should have features that support the creation and publication of course schedules, against set deadlines scheduled within a centralised calendar.
6.Notifications: automated alerts, notifications, and reminders to keep users engaged with their assigned training programme.
7.Online User Tracking and Reporting: Comprehensive reports should be available to administrators and e-learners so they may view average test scores, final test scores, single-user reports, company reports, progress reports and so on.
8.Training Assessment and Certification: the ability to assess employee knowledge levels to assign suitable training to them. Digital or physical certification should also be supported.
For further read on LMS software or Learning management system types, click here.