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How to spot a good LMS?

What is an LMS?

An LMS or Learning Management System is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of educational courses. It is a sophisticated software that companies can use to train and provide professional growth to their employees.

Like with any market there will be several variations of LMS produced by various companies who have different design goals in mind. Therefore it becomes important to select the LMS that’s perfect for you.

To find out which LMS fits your needs, you must ask yourself the following questions.

Is it easy and intuitive to use?

Having to take a course on how to take courses on a platform, is a waste of time and effort. A good LMS will have an easy to use and intuitive interface. It should allow people who are not tech savvy to use the system efficiently.

Does it integrate well with the existing systems?

Most companies will have many other systems in place before an LMS is sought after. A company would have workforce management systems, human resource information systems, payment processors, etc. A good LMS must be able to integrate well with and share data across all existing systems of the company.

Does it support Mobile learning?

There are many different types of computing devices available to us such as smartphones and tablets. A good LMS must be able to adapt to the different screen sizes of each device. It must also be able to break down larger content into smaller lessons to adjust to the demands of the mobile platform.

Does it support blended learning?

There is a limit to how much you can learn online. Offline activities such as seminars or workshops would often be required as part of learning. A good LMS must be able to track, record and assess offline activities along with online ones.

How good are its testing and assessment features?

The process of taking, analyzing and ranking tests must be automated and streamlined. A list features to look out for are:

  • Support for different formats of answers such as, multiple choice, short text, and long text.
  • Support for both automatic as well as manual marking of tests.
  • Ability to compile an assessment portfolio of the employees and store it as long as needed.
  • Ability to track an employee’s progress along a learning path.


Is it secure?


An LMS will have a lot of sensitive and private data. It is critical that this data be protected. Safe storage of data and proper authentication systems are important. However, it just as important to not restrict access to those who need it. A good LMS will have a balance of security and accessibility.

How good are its E-commerce features?

For companies who want sell courses and generate revenue, an LMS will need to have a stable e-commerce functionality. Here’s a list of things to look out for:

  • Ability to track purchases and generate revenue reports.
  • Gives users the option to pay through their preferred gateway.
  • Ability to send receipts and notifications through e-mail.
  • Allows for marketing initiatives such as offering discounts, cross-sell courses, etc.


Conclusion


Many LMS solutions offer different features. In the end, the LMS that is perfect for your organization is dependent on the specific goals and requirements that have been established. Identifying what these are early on will greatly help in choosing the perfect solution that can take your company and its employees to new heights.

Krishnan Subramoni