How to choose the right learning management solution.

Let’s talk about your learning management program. Have you implemented a learning management system (LMS) and are looking to change? Or, are you about to make the leap to an LMS to enhance your training efforts?

Either way, you need to review your options to make the right decision for your organization.

Let’s take a few step to get started:

  1. Define your existing program. To a good hard look at your current training program. Identify different groups or strata in your organization that need particular access to certain levels of content or certification programs. Review how each group is currently accessing training materials and gather up some feedback about their current processes.
  2. Define your goals. What are you trying to accomplish with an investment into your training program? Are you looking to increase productivity, reduce costs, reduce time to productivity, increase retention, etc?

Knowing where you are at today and what your goals are will help you determine which learning management system in right for your unique challenges and opportunities.

There are many good reasons to choose an LMS, here are a few common points:

  • Respond and adapt to change more easily - with all of your content and training processes online, you change up delivery, add new content, manage user groups and track results
  • Save valuable time and resources – choosing a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) LMS takes the burden away from you IT personnel and hardware
  • Save money – reduce the need for costly, live training sessions and hard-copy materials
  • Increase retention rates of employees - Employees that feel engaged, rewarded, empowered and generally more involved in an organization or more likely to want to stick around

The world of technology is evolving very fast. Take a step back and review some of the latest technology trend in the infographic below:

LMS elearning

I included the infographic to show what is gaining popularity in learning technology. Lots of great ideas in that infographic to help understand the latest trends. These trend in academic learning are what is coming next for the corporate training program.

Now that you have looked at your current situation, determined your future goals, and looked at some of the basic LMS benefit, it is time to review the specific features that will help you get on the right path to achieving your learning program goals.

Here are a couple ideas that will help:

Understand the Design - You most likely want a system that is easy to use for both employees and administrators. Make sure your employees can self-direct their learning paths without micromanagement.

Make Sure it is Compatible – make sure the right system will easily be compatible with your existing mission critical systems. Also, will it work on the company issues smartphone? Do you need Single Sign-on (SSO) access? Do you need a SCORM certified system to play nice with your valuable content? Those are some good questions to ask before taking the plunge.

Check Out the Features - Every organization has a different set of features that will be critical for their purposes. Take the demo, speak with the provider’s tech team, and anything else you can do to take the features for a test spin around your block.

Have a Plan - Know what implementation will look like and what resources will need to be deployed. Have a plan to test usage and adoption. Make a plan for a multi-year period to map progress and development of your training program.

There are many important questions you need to ask to eventually find the right learning management solution. I hope this has been a valuable starting point to redefine the future of your organization.