10 Key Considerations When Switching Your LMS
There are no shortage of Learning Management Systems to choose from and many are asking “What’s the best LMS for my organisation?” With over 20 years experience of working with innovative learning technology solutions, here’s our list of the 10 key considerations when switching your LMS to help you evaluate your options and select the best LMS for you.
With so many Learning Management Systems (LMS) to choose from, many people find themselves asking "What's the best LMS for my organisation?" If this is you, then the following should help you evaluate the options on the market and select the most suitable one for you.
1 What are your organisation's requirements?
Gather input from key learning stakeholders including IT to establish business requirements, budget and what's technically possible.
2 What are your learning objectives?
Identify what you need from your training and ensure this aligns with your business needs.
3 Does your L&D team have the necessary skills?
Decide whether L&D can manage the LMS on their own of if external support is required.
4 What must the system support?
Think about whether you need a cloud-based LMS, how you'll keep your data secure and integrations with existing HR systems.
5 What about the format of your eLearning?
Narrow down potential LMS choices by considering the kind of content you want to deliver, e.g. videos, infographics etc.
6 What are your LMS requirements?
Document exactly what you need your new LMS to do before creating a priority list, taking into account user numbers and your budget.
7 What about the user experience?
It's essential to consider the quality of the user experience: if your learners like the new LMS, engagement levels will increase.
8 How should you choose an LMS vendor?
Ask if there is a free trial/demo, a support package, flexible payment terms, upgrade options and integration with other HR systems.
9 Are your shortlisted vendors a good fit?
Check they understand your market, are the right size for your needs, have experience in your industry and can provide testimonials.
10 When should you make your final selection?
An LMS is a long-term investment, so it's worth considering how your requirements might change over time, ensuring your final choice of system is flexible enough.
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