Choosing an LMS

A Learning Management System (LMS) can be just as important to course Administrators and Trainers as the content is to the learner. An LMS is usually a website-based system for Course Administrators and Trainers to manage users, performance, and content. It is often said that content is a key component, but in reality, there are many other considerations that need to be turned in sync for a learning solution to function for the benefit of all parties. An LMS focuses on education and training. The navigation directs a learner to available learning modules and it groups those modules into a curriculum. User management is structured for learners: who they are, their level of course/lesson access, their assessment scores, and number of times the course has been accessed. There are many more aspects to the features, benefits, and functionality of an LMS that we will cover in future posts, but let’s take a look at two common questions we receive.

Before moving forward, we recommend sitting down with your team and drawing out what your training needs are. Pretend you are a learner, pretend you are the administrator, and discuss how you plan to manage courses and users. You might not have all the answers, but it will certainly provide a direction and a warehouse full of questions.