With the vast number of options available in the marketplace, choosing the right Learning Management System (LMS) for your organisation can be tricky.
Despite the number of options, you may still find it difficult to find a solution that meets all of your requirements. With that in mind, we’ve put together this article highlighting 5 things to consider when choosing an LMS.
Consider the skill level of your administrators
You could find the most innovative, cost-effective and best-fitting solution right away. However, this could be useless if your site administrators lack the technical knowledge to work the back-end of a complex LMS. If you lack internal technical resource then look for a system that’s user friendly and simple to administrate. Look for a system that has a strong community following and good levels of technical support.
Being able to fully control and maintain your system is vital. So whether your administrators are tech-savy or not, make sure the solution you choose caters to this.
Take time to properly scope out the functionality required
If you don’t put enough time into fully scoping out the features that your LMS needs to have then you may be going down a dead-end street. This will ultimately mean wasting a whole bunch of resources, then having to go back to the drawing board.
It’s also important not to try and implement too much, too soon. Come up with a realistic set of requirements, put them into achievable milestones and stick to them. You don’t want to stifle creativity of course, any good feature ideas that come up should be recorded. Put them into an ideas park so you can revisit them once you are happy with your primary requirements.
Pick the right platform for your type of content
It’s crucial that you choose a system that can deliver your content in the format you need it to. Whether you require video streaming, interactive quizzing, upload functionality or compatibility with an API such as SCORM or Tin Can – make sure the system you choose supports this. If your content is in an outdated or unpopular format, you may need to spend some time reworking it to reach as wide an audience as possible.
Always keep the learner journey in mind
Think about the learners who will be using your system. This sounds obvious, but it’s very easy to get caught up in making the system what you think it should be, rather than what the learner needs it to be. Consider the learner journey from start to finish, consider where people might drop-off and address the reasons why. This is important if you want your students to become fully engaged with your learning content. If the functionality is not intuitive and there are obstacle in the learners way, then you’re going to lose people. Huge amounts of money are wasted each year due to the user experience not being properly considered.
Don’t forget about hosting
It’s not just the LMS you need to think about. If you already have a hosting provider then you need to check whether your choosen solution can run on your current hosting platform. Choosing a hosting provider is important, you could find yourself having to migrate your entire system if you haven’t put enough research into your solution upfront. This can cause downtime on the site and inconvenience students whilst they are forming an initial impression of your site. If you are not familiar with server technology and do not fully understand the technical requirements to host your system then allocate some budget towards seeking expert advice.