In a rapidly changing and competitive business market, learning is a top priority in order to keep up, or get ahead of your competitors. GuyKat has some tips on how to select the right LMS:
1. Be Clear on your Scope
Be clear on what you want to achieve with your LMS. Knowing your target audience and 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 or tablet)
- Types of training
- Budget constraints
2. Identify 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 few other points to consider:
- 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
Top tip: 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. 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 essential. 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?
Next Steps: Selecting an LMS can be complicated. Investigating what’s on the market can be tricky and incomprehensible. We’ve helped many organisations navigate the LMS procurement process. GuyKat are partners with Docebo, we believe our team can help you to achieve more with your LMS.
Feel free to contact us here in order to setup a free trial of Docebo or get a tailored demo.