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Choosing a Learning Management System for New Learning Programmes

Five factors to consider when choosing a Learning Management System for new learning programmes

If you’re planning new learning programmes on subjects such as onboarding and induction, compliance or leadership development, the chances are that you will need a Learning Management System (LMS) to manage and deliver it.

For instance, you may require compliance and certification elements, non-employee audiences or want an injection of new functionality to make your new learning programmes more welcoming and engaging.

If you want to implement your training on a new and different platform, here are five factors to think about when choosing an LMS to deliver your new learning programmes.

1. Assess the functionality you already have

It’s generally easier to use the systems you already have in your organisation, so make sure you aren’t re-inventing the wheel unnecessarily. But be pragmatic, don’t sacrifice elements in a potential new system just because you presently have something similar in place. Compare them to what the new LMS can do and what works best for what you want to achieve.

Top Tip: Be clear why you are not using existing in-house solutions.

2. Attract and engage your learners

Learners are more likely to engage with learning programmes that are easy to find and easy to use.

Use an LMS that has an attractive user interface, which fits the look and feel of your brand – one that learners will want to use again and again so they can ‘own’ your learning programmes and be eager to build their knowledge and skills with them.

Top Tip: Know and understand your learners. Put their needs first – they are the most important element here.  

3. Ask how quickly a new LMS could be set up

Without wanting to allude to a certain action film and popular video game, there is a need for speed. Here we’re talking about how long it would take to set up and implement a new or augmented LMS. Your training projects may run for years or just a few weeks. You need a system that can be branded and configured quickly and smoothly.

For the best outcome the LMS should be cloud-based and comprehensively supported by a reputable company that will do most of the work for you.

Top Tip: Put your efforts into the learning programme itself and let your supplier take care of the LMS.

4. Be clear on your learning objectives

The latest trends in features and functionality such as microlearning, mobile learning, gamification, social learning, augmented reality and virtual reality are all well and good, but they may not be the solution for all learning programmes.

Think about the learning objectives you’re aiming to achieve. Then examine the features and functionality that could best help you in your quest. There’s no point in having a complex LMS, which has every bit of functionality you’ve ever heard of, if you will never need half of them. Write down the features and functions you really must have in detail and use this as your LMS checklist. For example, mobile delivery, certification and job aids might be your criteria – so make sure you focus on them.

Top Tip: Identify the features you must have to deliver your specific learning programme and don’t just buy a full list of functionality if much of it isn’t relevant for your learners.

5. Think about your future needs

No matter how many or what kind of learning programmes you want to deliver now, make sure your new LMS can handle multiple content types – not just eLearning courses.

This will become particularly important if, going forward, you want to deliver blended learning programmes with an assortment of eLearning and microlearning courses, or PDFs and other support media. Aim to select an LMS that has flexibility and scope for reuse.

Top Tip: Be prepared for the extra learning programmes you may want to deliver in the future.

Author: Agylia

This article was published by Agylia on 19.06.2019. Bringing you all the latest news about the Agylia LMS, CPD, Apps, learning creation and consultancy services.

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