What is a Learning Management System and Why You Need One

So you’ve spent a lot of time, money and effort coming up with the perfect storyboard for your brand new shiny e-learning course, found the ideal e-learning agency (ahem, we know just the one) that has to build the system but now what? Where do you put the course so your learners can access it? How do you track what the learners have done or haven’t done? Have they passed the quizzes? Have you completed the exercises and watched the videos? This is where the Learning Management System or (LMS) comes into play.

A Learning Management System

In essence, a Learning management system is simply a website that connects to your published SCORM file and allows tracking to see the progress and other elements (listed above) of the learner, doing this the LMS can help L&D (Learning and Development) staff analyse and identify gaps in learning.

The vendor holds the key

An LMS is usually (although not always) hosted by the vendor, the owner of the Learning Management System and you as their customer buy a subscription to that service. This has its advantages such as all technical issues related to the LMS falls on the vendor, most modern LMS will be offer continuous upgrades with new features and add-ons added monthly or even weekly, there is also the bonus of tech support should you need it (it is advisable to research this as some help is slower than others and some are better than others).

Many of today’s LMS have advanced features such as course builders, and although these can be good, they are very structured regarding the styling and advanced features that can be applied to bespoke e-learning courses, but it is, after all, what your learners need.

There are some great Learning Management Systems out there that are free and paid, and ultimately it’s what you decide is best for your course and your learners. Take a look at the shortlist below of recommended LMS.

Common Learning Management Systems

TalentLMS- https://www.talentlms.com/

A great LMS that is highly customisable with great features. There’s a free (but limited version) and a paid version.

Litmos: https://www.litmos.com/main

Another LMS we often work with, again highly customisable with some great features. One thing that stands out about Litmos is the customer support; it is there, but a little slow, but they do have continuous upgrades, which is awesome!

Moodle: https://moodle.org/

Moodle has been around for a long time and was once one of the top LMS’s to use, especially in higher education. Moodle is a free platform with an amazing development community creating some amazing plugins for it. These are upgrades you have to install and troubleshoot yourself. Check out this blog post about Moodle.

If you have any questions about which LMS is best for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d be glad to point you in the right direction!

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