By Kamy Anderson
Anyone who has ever attempted to launch their own eLearning course or been responsible for creating one knows that success or failure isn’t always about having an interesting title, great content and an engaging presentation. Yes, those are all essential and when teamed with a stellar marketing program you might assume success isn’t far off but don’t overlook the importance of the eLearning delivery platform you select. In fact, it would be appropriate to say that businesses, irrespective of its size and domain, should consider using SCORM Compliant LMS to meet their elearning needs.
At first thought, it doesn’t seem that selecting a platform is such a challenge. They’re all the same, right? It’s only when you dig in a little further that you start to understand how choosing the wrong platform could bring unavoidable failure for your program and down the drain goes your investment of time, money and credibility.
Don’t rush to select your perfect elearning delivery platform and don’t be embarrassed if it starts to make you second guess the value of going forward with such an endeavor. Be confident in knowing that your initial investment of time and research will be rewarded even if the process seems overwhelming.
It’s a big decision and will have a huge impact. It is understandable that it can be quite daunting at times. As the use of elearning delivery platform helps companies significantly, it is important to engage in proper research for an LMS software that fits your business.
Here are the 7 key things to remember when selecting an elearning delivery platform to help you along your journey.
1) LMS software varies in price, capabilities, functionality, efficiency and effectiveness. You will need to know what you want to provide and what you expect your end results to be as you begin making decisions and selecting your elearning delivery platform. You’ll want to keep your budget in mind along with your needs, wants and wishes as you research, seek and find the perfect fit. The end user will want some privacy controls while the provider of the LMS software will want security controls also. A function that might be desired would for the LMS software to be embedded on your own website. Another function that might be desired would be to change the appearance or add a logo.
2) The user wants ease of use. No matter what LMS software you select, you will need for it to be user-friendly for everyone involved from the person reading stats to the person gaining knowledge and anyone and everyone in between. Ease of use can be explained in many ways. Everyone desires quick, easy access and a user-friendly dashboard. Nobody wants to jump through numerous screens and downloads to find what they are seeking.
3) LMS software works best when it is easily accessible anytime. Today’s huge need is flexibility. The user needs to be able to improve their skill set when it works best for them and the person assigning the test needs to be able to look at reports and create or assign training whenever it is convenient. This makes having an LMS software that is mobile ready and available on different devices(smartphones and tablets) across a variety of operating systems important as it helps achieve desired results.
4) If you decide it is ideal for all users to have access anytime,anywhere then you will also need customer support available all round the clock. Customer support needs to be available via chat and email to answer questions for any user who is struggling with LMS software or who needs help finding a solution to something they’ve encountered. Hence, opt for an LMS solution provider that offers quick response to queries, have a dedicated support team and available round the clock.
5) Being able to customize some portions of your LMS software can be helpful as the tailored approach to training helps to achieve a positive impact on engagement and skill sets. This could be authoring your trainings, customizing, changing the appearance, adding a logo and/or embedding the LMS software into your own existing website.
6) You need detailed tracking and reporting of the things you need to know for each user of the LMS software. Analytics, statistics and activity of your users will help you know where each user is, what needs to be done, what has been completed as well as the weaknesses to help them grow and strengths to help them excel.
7) Selecting SCORM Compliant LMS software will save you a lot of money with content integration. This will help in the ease of establishing and implementing your elearning delivery platform. Being SCORM compliant will make sure your elearning content will work with your chosen LMS. Without selecting SCORM Compliant LMS, you may need to put a lot more effort.
Incorporating these seven things into your selection process of LMS software can help the users feel more connected and help elearning be more personal and effective. These things can help with loyalty and retention as we strive to keep the customer happy, content and engaged.
Author’s Bio: Kamy Anderson is an ed-tech enthusiast with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of corporate training and education. He has 7+ years of experience working with ProProfslearning management systemand other eLearning authoring tools, which has given him a hands-on experience of the latest course authoring software and an exclusive insight into the eLearning industry.