What do you need to look out for when choosing a learning management system software? That is the question raised by Hannah, a master baker who runs a small but flourishing bakeshop in Carson City, Nevada and is teaching baking lessons in a community college. Hannah is looking to implement an online method of providing instructions and manuals for her cloud based students who can’t physically attend her classes.
“Hi! I am Hannah and I am a baker slash instructor who provide baking lessons at a local community school here in Carson. I have been reading some materials on LMS and have been scanning some reviews on learning management systems. I have to say I have gained so much knowledge on the subject. But I was wondering if you can dispense some of your expertise on the matter and tell me what are the things that I should consider when looking for a learning management system software? I appreciate your response on this query.”
Hey Hannah! There are quite a few aspects that you need to go over prior to selecting a learning management system. I wish it was easy as counting 1 to 3 but with so many options available to you and each product having its own pros and cons, picking one out of the bunch is just like looking for the solitary needle in the proverbial hay stack.
There is no perfect learning management system software. But with the right advice and reliable information backed by research, you will eventually make the best choice for your business. Here are some expert tips in picking a learning management system that I believe you could use with your search.
Whatever you do, always start with a plan. That means knowing what you want and what you need and what you aim to accomplish in the long run. Having goals is like setting up targets for yourself and your enterprise. But along with goals, you must also include realistic and viable ways in achieving those goals. You may want to think about budget, whether you want a paid service or a free open source software. Or do you prefer premium functions along with basic features. These are things you will think about. But before you do, get a piece of paper and jot down your targets.
You as the implementer will definitely go over certain aspects such as costs, return of investment, progress reports, ease of installation, and all other good stuff. And that is indeed natural. However, you may want to consider your end users as well. Stephen Walsh wrote in an article that the putting yourself your target user’s shoes will definitely help you understand what you are exactly looking for.
“Care about their experience, not just your administrators,” Walsh stated in his writeup. When you inject some “user first” mentality in your search, you only not be able to pick a software that will work for you, but you get a system that will provide pleasant experience for your end users.
Some learning management platforms are loaded to the brim with features that you do not really need. Instead, go for something that carries the basic necessities and things that actually serve you and help you realize your business goals. Some premium options may be cool and downright awesome. But you have to understand that most software that carry premium and advanced features are the ones that brand heavier price tags.
In an age where everyone is linked in the digital world via Facebook and Twitter, it is greatly advantageous to your business if you pick a learning management software that allows you to go social.
Customization features allow you make your software somewhat an extension of yourself and it offers great benefits to you and your intended users. Not only do you add that “personal touch” element to your LMS environment, but also modify your setup which makes you faster, more efficient, and more productive.
Like mentioned earlier, there are so many elements that come into play when deciding which learning management software will suit your needs as well as your end goals. For beginners who are still feeling their way, learning more about the basics of learning management systems will definitely give you a jumpstart and give you a good foundation as to what it is all about.
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