Learning management systems (LMSs) are getting a bad rap, but not because they are a bad idea or an unnecessary invention. Companies are acquiring LMSs that promise the world and don’t deliver. Some common complaints about LMSs include:
- Reporting functions are lackluster.
- A restrictive design means users can only access the LMS on one device.
- Restrictive content requirements.
- User / license fees. Storage fees. Too many fees.
- Attempts to integrate the LMS with other systems often fail.
Despite these frustrations, companies are reluctant to turn away from adopting learning management systems. They recognize the “full package” promise an LMS holds. After coming to terms with their current systems, they are likely to look for a new LMS.
Create a Committee
When searching for an LMS, be sure to involve the right people. Actively request buy in from people in every department of the organization. Ask that they will participate in the process of looking for the right LMS by attending demonstrations, trying sample products and offering honest feedback. Don’t wait to get these people involved. Begin right away by asking them these questions:
- What are the major problems you experience with the current (or previous) system?
- Were there benefits that you did not anticipate?
- What were the consistent challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
The best way for a company to guide an LMS purchase is to involve everyone.
Many people will be involved in this process. Aside from coworkers, LMS providers need to be considered as well. Seeing these individuals as partners rather than suppliers is good for conducting business. This means relationships can be formed on the grounds of respect and consideration. It also increases the likeliness that an LMS provider will get to know the company’s specific needs and be able to speak intelligibly about how LMS features can help these areas.
Ask LMS Users
Once the list of potential LMS service providers has been narrowed down, it may be wise to interview other customers of the LMS. Ask them how their organization enjoys using the system. This is the opportune time to bring up frustrations over the last system and confirm that these problems will not arise again.
Many companies have found the right LMS to be TOPYX®. This remotely hosted LMS can be accessed by users from any device at any time. It boasts highly analytical reporting functions and is seen as a “go to” source for employees searching for corporate curriculum, copy and data. Furthermore, there are few problems integrating TOPYX with other systems, as TOPYX is easy to customize and operate. But don’t decide on this simple account.
Try it first hand: click here for a free demo of TOPYX.
Choosing the right LMS involves many steps. Start the process today. First, find out what coworkers don’t like about the current system and learn what they hope for in the next LMS.