First Time LMS Buyer
As a first-time LMS buyer and user, there are several factors which need to be considered before selecting the best system for you.
Identifying a Corporate LMS
Being a corporate looking to purchase an LMS for organization-wide training and development, it is crucial to identify and select a Corporate LMS.
These LMSs are designed and built with the sole purpose of training corporates in a dynamic and ever-evolving environment. The need for continuous training and development is every business’s key to excelling in their specific domain, and a corporate LMS is just the tool for this purpose. It is built to deliver accurate and timely training to a group of learners who seldom have the time to learn between work and personal life. The corporate LMS is designed with the intention of testing and assessing employees, through all levels of the organization. On identifying skill-gaps through individual employee competency and course completion reports, your organization can proceed to better train the employees using the same LMS.
Understanding the Use-Case
It is integral to identify and understand why an LMS is being implemented in your organization. Based on the following use cases, an appropriate LMS can be shortlisted and selected.
Onboarding: In organizations and industries where the attrition rate is high, there is a constant need to train new employees regularly. HR and L&D Heads prefer training to be delivered over the LMS systems since this saves them cost, time, and effort. A simple platform where content is uploaded once, and repeated access is granted to new joiners’ is adequate.
Selecting an LMS Based on Features
Virtual instructor-led training: This feature of the LMS works exactly like a traditional classroom. The only difference being that the trainers and students are engaged in training activities from different regions, sometimes from the comfort of their homes.
Video-based training: Trainers can now record videos of lectures and upload it onto the LMS. This allows employees to access course material at their convenience and helps them in self-paced learning.
Mobile integration: Employees seldom have the time to balance between work and personal life which is why an LMS is a practical approach to training, and it now possesses the ability to deliver training when needed, wherever needed, even when on the move.
Gamification: This is a method of applying traditional game playing elements such as scoring points, competing with peers, and earning rewards to training initiatives.
Course integration with legacy software: Many organizations have course materials, which are designed using legacy software. These courses may still be relevant in today’s time, and as the organization implements an LMS, they need these old courses to integrate with the new system. This makes it important for an organization to select an LMS that can allow a seamless integration of legacy courses, thereby saving costs, time, and efforts.
Reporting features: At the core of an LMS is its ability to track, record, and maintain an employee’s progress. This allows the L&D and HR to maintain comprehensive reports on the performance of employees, concerning the training provided, across the entire organization.