Since all commercially viable Learning Management Systems basically offer the same core capabilities… namely the ability to enroll learners (in-mass or based on criteria), launch SCORM-compliant learning content, track and report on learner progress, track costs and ROI, and manage all of the communications and coordination surrounding training efforts a logical assertion is that the cost of the LMS offering is a key differentiator. In general, it is agreed that the cost of a training account is a honest-whereas the cost of the LMS platform or service package can be a hidden cost.
The main categories for different LMS platforms to explore are the ease of user-interface, functionality, whether training can be incorporated into the learning process, the training self-service, whether third party tools can be used inside the LMS, the platform’s capability to integrate with other business systems, maintenance support and improved productivity.
Evaluation of multiple LMS platforms
Each LMS has Its own strengths and weaknesses and a wide variety of situations call for the assessment of multiple LMS platforms. This portion of the project is related to the ease of user-interface, functionality and whether training can be incorporated into the learning process.
The assessment of cloud-based services is useful especially in cases where the LMS is used as a cloud-based application. The following lists the current picture for different LMS platforms:
adept – this means the LMS offers the adequate facilities for the development of cloud applications, though it must be realized that cloud computing is subject to the computing behavior significantly different from traditional computing. Therefore, the prospective LMS must allow for the use of cloud computing effectively in order to develop and test the application effectively.
arts – this section looks at the picture presented above and determines if the LMS is equipped for implementing current and future business processes, regardless of the computing behavior and investment made in the LMS.
integrated – this means the LMS is integrated with other business systems and allows them to communicate.
allows – allows individuals to make use of third party tools and applications.
allows training – allows for the development of an LMS that is especially designed for training and allows for ease in acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge in this regard.
allows – allows for use of third party tools and applications.
implement – this means the LMS can be easily modified and can be put into effect immediately.
allows for interaction – this means that the LMS is interactive and interactive with the learners.
allows for use of business data – allows for integration of that data and information from other sources.
ensures – allows for interaction with the LMS and allows for proper understanding of that data.
Detailed reporting in a LMS is a great tool. This tool helps in analyzing and displaying information that is stored in the LMS. The information that is accessible in the LMS can be used for a number of purposes. The analyses that are done using the LMS are reliable and reusable. This is determined by the document management system that is used in the LMS.
A document management system does wonders to an organization. It acts as a Very Easy Maintenance Mechanism that helps in maintaining the information in a LMS. The changes that are made to the LMS are also those that can be downloaded and applied to the organization. Users can also be taken to the site where the information is stored. With such storage, it becomes easy to show the information. Sharing of information is made easier. A person can share his information with other people. He can also store data in the LMS. A document management system keeps track of the changes that are made to the LMS.
Effective document management systems will allow processes to be optimized. It is actually optimized when people can readily update the information in the LMS. An LMS department does not need to spend a lot of time in remembering things. Simple things like filling out the details of leave can be done. Important things like finalizing transactions, tracking costs, and auditing can be done.
Documents can be preloaded into the LMS. This means that when users log in, they will be able to access the documents that they have loaded in the LMS. The reason why this feature is useful is because electronic documents can be very valuable and precious. Important documents should be kept in order so that when they are accessed, they can be identified and made available for use. It is also important to keep track of the changes that are taking place in the LMS. When the changes are taking place, it is important to verify that the changes are being made according to the policies of the organization.
After the selection of a document management solution, it is important to understand the requirements of the organization. Based on the requirements, it is possible to select the right document management system.