How Do You Select a Learning Management System for Your Training Needs?

Viren Kapadia Apr 01, 2020
How Do You Select a Learning Management System for Your Training Needs?

Okay, so you are finally ready to select a Learning Management System (LMS) for your organization. But, amidst thousands of options, how do you find the right fit for your training needs?

Any negligence in comparing the available options can turn your complete eLearning strategy into a big failure. Not just your time, but also your learner’s time not to mention the cost factor. So, make it a point to choose the ‘right’ LMS. Do not make any random decision; Research, think and then act.

Here are some easy and productive ways, which can help you select the most suited business learning management system for your organization.

  1. Determine Objectives

    First and foremost, you need to determine the goals or objectives that you wish to achieve through an LMS. You need to analyze what skills you want the learners to learn once the training is complete. So, before exploring the LMS options, make sure you have answers to these points in mind. This will give you a clear vision of what to choose and what not to choose.

  2. Determine the Type of Training

    In addition to the above point, you need to determine the type of training you wish to conduct, before selecting the right LMS. For example, if you want to conduct compliance training, you will have to look for an LMS that ensures smooth maintenance and tracking of compliance. For employee training, the LMS should be such that formalizes learning processes, such as improving the retention rate of employees and onboarding the employees. For partner training, your LMS should be able to scale based on your partner business requirements while protecting your brand.

  3. Pay Attention to Your Current Learning Strategy

    To understand what needs to be improved, you need to assess the current learning strategy that you follow in your organization. This will help you find an LMS that considers your current strategy, utilizes your current learning materials and polishes the course materials that do not meet the training objectives at present.

  4. Look for Essential Features

    Today, there are endless numbers of LMSs available in the market. Right from the most basic version of an LMS to the most technologically advanced LMS, you can get everything. So, depending on your needs, you will have to check out different LMS with different features.

    Irrespective of what you choose and what you prefer, make sure that the chosen option has the following features for sure.

    • Ease of use: The LMS should be so easy to use that the learners do not require to be trained to operate the software.
    • SCORM and xAPI compliant: Compliance with SCORM and xAPI is very essential to ensure that you invest in robust LMS with stong ongoing support.
    • Application integrations: If your LMS can integrate your in-house applications, it will help you deliver an exceptional user experience.

    Do not stuff your LMS with too many features as it will make it a very complex system to use.

  5. Search the Right LMS Vendors

    Once you know what exactly you need in an LMS, it is time to find the right vendors for learning management system software in the USA. Asking the vendor about their background, offerings, experience, and qualification will help you get a better idea about the company. Check out their online reviews on search engines or any specific review site. Typically, it is ideal to contact a vendor who has experience in offering learning management solutions to clients belonging to a similar industry/niche as yours. Such vendors have a better knowledge of the subject matter and the way the content should be delivered to a specific audience.

  6. Ask For Support Services & Trial Period

    Once you have shortlisted a few options, ask them if they offer support services. Will the vendor be available for 24x7 support? Will the vendor troubleshoot any problems faced in the future? Be clear and precise when you ask the vendor about the types of support services included in the LMS package. Also, do ask for a trial period and demonstration. Before actually purchasing the LMS software, you should check how it operates.

A live demo is helpful for business owners to check if the features offered in the LMS satisfy your learning and training needs. As an LMS is an important investment, you should not neglect to take a free trial or demo in advance.

Gyrus systems offer complete assistance in LMS implementation along with a free trial and demo. So, what are you waiting for? Contact and find the right LMS today!