After experiencing the benefits of a learning management system (LMS) it is hard to imagine life without one. This, however, is no reason to hold onto a LMS that does not best serve your organization.
There are two common reasons for switching to a new LMS platform: cost and the current system’s inability to support unique goals. Even so, implementing a new system requires data migration and training. This can seem laborious but is actually quite simple.
By assessing the pros and cons of your existing learning management system, creating a research plan, and taking action, you can prepare to switch to a new LMS. This change will better equip your work force and make your team more efficient.
List the Pros and Cons
Think about the useful tools your current LMS offers. Consider popular features, like a virtual classroom, as top priority. Other items that may be valuable to advancing your business operations are customer interaction tools and social media integration.
It can be easier to create a list of cons for your existing LMS. For instance, is your LMS too complicated? Does it offer tools no one knows how to use? Do you need better eLearning features? Have you outgrown your current system?
Answering these questions provides a good baseline for your research. Above all else, look for the LMS that best fits your needs.
Create a Plan
Applying two steps to your research process and discussing what you find with your work force will benefit the final decision.
- Browse vendors – Who is the competitor of your current LMS? What gives them an edge over your provider? What are the total costs of service?
- Demo a new LMS – When doing this, be sure to note how the different software address your needs. Look for:
- System compatibility
- Per user costs
- Technical capabilities
- Customer support
- Ease of use
- SCORM certification
- Mobile access
Don’t be afraid to try something new, but do some homework. Interactyx Limited offers free, personal demos to those interested in a new LMS. At your request, you can explore this state of the art social learning management system.
Make the Switch
When selecting a new LMS, it is important to bring your team into the decision. This allows them to play instrumental roles in the installation process. By gathering technical teams to execute data migration and creating a plan to ease your workforce and customers into using the new LMS, making the switch can be simple.
Choosing a new LMS is a decision that requires research and careful planning. Ultimately, the goal is to find a system with features that can fulfill your needs.
The social learning management system TOPYX® offers features that benefit organizations. With TOPYX, there are no user fees, no bandwidth fees, award-winning social learning tools and it is easy to use for the users and administrators. Explore the best system for your team by visiting http://interactyx.com.
Jeffrey A. Roth
Vice President, Marketing and Communications