A Learning Management System (LMS) is a web-based technology that can range in scope but offers some or all of the following features:
- Manage Instructor Led Training bookings and training records
- Distribute eLearning courses to individuals over the internet
- Host blended learning solutions
- Tracking lesson and courses completeness and assessment score reporting.
- Social learning, competence management and tracking.
There are over 600 LMS systems to choose from globally and approximately 50 with a UK presence.
How do you go about choosing one that fits with the process flows in your organisation and where you wish to take your training programme in the future?
The devil is in the detail with LMS which adds risk to the selection process as it is expensive and time-consuming if the wrong choice is made.
This is a typical process used by Blended Technical Training Services and an organisations stakeholders to select the right LMS:
- Review currently training workflows.
- Identify improvement areas.
- Assess future training needs.
- Determine key requirements for an LMS and reduce LMS providers list.
- Request detailed information from LMS providers on key requirements.
- Review and consolidate LMS provider’s list.
- Review full list of potential LMS features and prioritise to create a custom Request for Proposal (RFP) document.
- Issue RFP to LMS providers.
- Review and rank RFP results to determine LMS provider’s shortlist.
- Request scripted demonstrations (maximum of five).
- Review and rank demonstrations and select two for trial.
- Intensely trial two LMS systems.
- Detailed report of process, final results and recommendation.