5 Things To Look Out For Choosing A Learning Management System
- Customizable and intuitive interface
A good LMS is easily customizable. Customizability gives you that extra flexibility to add, delete or change whatever features you want. It should have a search feature- simple, yet extremely useful. Plus, if the interface is intuitive, for example if it can list suggestions based on learners’ searching and browsing, great!
- Web Hosting
If you have a dedicated IT department that can work to provide tireless 24/7 support and backup, self-hosting is for you. If not, ask your vendor to provide cloud based support on their servers.
Whichever hosting method you choose, your LMS must be easy to integrate with third party applications. Be it in-house ERP systems or external applications from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, if your LMS does not merge its functionalities with the applications your employees use most commonly, it will not be able to deliver the full utility that it must.
- Compliance standards
Make sure your LMS is SCORM compliant to the latest version which allows for Tin Can API support. AICC (Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee) is another standard and it allows content to exist on a separate server and supports secure information transfers with HTTPS. Ultimately, it depends on your priorities. If secure data transfer is more of a concern for you, AICC is the right choice otherwise common rapid eLearning development tools work well with both SCORM and AICC.
- Social features
A good LMS should be able to provide real-time chat, video-conferencing, online discussions, etc. to facilitate onboarding. At the same time, administrators must have the power to monitor discussion content ad intervene if necessary.