5 Tips For Selecting Your LMS
Choosing the right Learning Management System in a crowded market is a challenge. Here are some GuyKat tips on what to consider:
1. Be Clear on Your Scope
Be clear what you want to achieve with your LMS. Knowing your target audience and your organisation’s objectives will determine the features you need from the platform. It is important to be aware of:
- How many users will be accessing the training
- The form in which they will most commonly be accessing it (desktop, mobile, tablet)
- Types of training
- Budget constraints
2. Identity the Key Features you Need
Each LMS has many different features. These vary between platforms. It is important to identify which features are ‘must have’ and which are ‘nice to have’ for your organisation. The functionality you require will depend on your original goals. Here are a few other points to consider:
- Does the system have a brilliant user interface?
- Will users require mobile learning?
- Are social learning capabilities required?
- Are there comprehensive reporting capabilities?
3. Agree your Selection Process
During the selection process it is important to include all impacted stakeholders. Make sure you involve people who will have to live with the system as part of their jobs in your project team. You should define:
- Who is involved in the selection process.
- Who makes the final decision
- What the key decision criteria are (Cost? Functionality? Customisability? UI?)
- Take a Trial
If a vendor isn’t going to give you a trial they are hiding something! Road test your shortlist with real users. Get to know how easy the system is to administer and how intuitive to use it is for your audience. Salespeople often claim systems can do everything and are elastic with truth. The most powerful words to protect yourself are ‘Show me.’ followed by, ‘let me try’.
4. Skill Required / Support Offered
Once your system is in place you will have created a new overhead in maintaining it. Be aware of the skills required for your LMS admins. Your provider should make you aware of the configuration steps and training that is required. You may need additional support for the project to be successful, such as customisation and ongoing project management – does the software provider supply this themselves, do they have a partner organisation that can help? Things to consider:
- The amount of support hours you are entitled to
- The support process (do you get a named contact?)
- Ticket process (are there clearly defined response times)
- Are there options for phone/webinar support?
5. The Future of your LMS
It is important to consider the future needs of your business and whether the LMS will continue to serve future objectives. Remember:
- Think strategically about how your business might grow
- How your L&D strategy might develop and how an LMS can support this
- Does the LMS update frequently with new functionality?
- How long has the LMS been established?
Selecting an LMS can be complicated. We’d be happy to help. GuyKat are proud partners of Docebo. We believe that if you’re in the market for an LMS, then Docebo should be on your shortlist. Want to know why? One of our eLearning Consultants would love to give you a tailored demo and setup a free trial. For a no obligation consultation email firstname.lastname@example.org