8 Tips to select the best LMS for your Organisation

Choosing and LMS

There are many Learner Management Systems out there. Do you know what factors to consider to ensure that you choose the LMS which will best suit your organisation?

To help smooth out your selection process, Siyandza has put together a list which is based on industry best practice as well as our experience implementing LMS's for companies who are replacing, starting off fresh or enhancing their systems. These are 8 things to consider:

Smooth and Seamless Integration

Compatibility is important in any relationship. When selecting an LMS and bringing it home to your organisation, bear in mind that you will need to pair it up with your existing systems and data.

From single sign on, to integrating with HR systems for automatic learner loading; linking with competencies on your job profiles and aligning with performance management requirements, your LMS should be ready to perform without any discernable errors or conflicts.

Prominent display of your organisation’s logo will ensure that the LMS is part of your brand and organisational processes from go-live.

Choose an LMS that will be your partner for life.

Scalability and Adaptability

Organisations have changing requirements and need systems that can adapt quickly and effectively when the environment demands it. Your LMS should be customisable to align with your processes and to meet specific functional requirements.

As you experience rapid growth, the LMS should accommodate an increasing number of learners with ease.

The on-boarding and off-boarding process should be simple and efficient for both your learners and administrators.

Choose an LMS that will adapt to your organisational needs and support your growth strategy.

Smooth and Seamless Integration

An effective LMS works for both the organisation and individual users. It intuitively guides users through its functions, providing prompts and assistance where needed. The look and feel are customised to best fit the way your organisation works. Different types of users are envisioned and their specific user requirements accommodated – learners, facilitators, assessors, managers, administrators, super-users.

Choose an LMS that will work for all your users.

Engagement and Social Learning

The days of online learning with limited engagement and interaction are long past. Users expect dynamic, personalised learning, linked to social media and rewarding successful learning outcomes.

Your LMS should be able to personalise user interactions, with customised dashboards and report-cards, targeted messaging and direct feedback. Gamification and reward programmes are an effective means of driving the right learning behaviour and help to turn learning into a fun, goal-driven activity rather than a compliance requirement.

Choose an LMS that recognises that learning is both personal and social; most effective with high levels of engagement and incentivisation.

Support and Service

The success of your LMS is in part dependent on the quality of support and service that you receive from your LMS provider. System issues should be addressed quickly and effectively. Users should be supported through friendly and prompt responses, never allowing them to feel incompetent.

Customised changes to your LMS should be scoped and costed quickly, enabling you to decide on whether to execute within a short period of time. Enhancements should be managed with minimal disruption to ongoing system usage.

Choose an LMS provider who is responsive to your needs and will make it their business to ensure that you are supported.

Responsivity and Continuity

In today’s fast-paced and connected world, learning takes place everywhere – in your home, while waiting for a meeting and between appointments. No longer is the computer on your desk the only site of engagement.

Your LMS should facilitate 24/7 learning, through enabling your users to easily access content through a range of mobile devices, in any location and in multiple languages.

Choose an LMS provider that understands that learning is not site or time-specific and should be accessible at any time and place it is needed.

Reporting and Tracking

The reliability and accessibility of data from your LMS is critical for making informed decisions about your learning strategy and investment. Your LMS should provide easy access to accurate data which can be analysed and presented in a range of different formats. Customised reports targeting different stakeholders should be available, supported by effective tracking of user interaction on the system.

Choose an LMS that values data analytics as a key component of driving an effective learning strategy.

Future Orientation

Technology grows exponentially, doubling in processing capacity every 18 months, according to Moore’s Law.* This impacts both the manner in which industries grow and adapt, and how learning takes place. For your organisation to grow and thrive, you need to constantly assess how best to adapt your business models to benefit from technological change.

This applies directly to how you integrate online learning into your growth strategy. Making purchasing decisions only based on current market positioning and existing capacity will greatly constrain what you are able to do in the future.

Choose an LMS that is future-oriented, keeps pace with advancements in technology and actively seeks to provide an enhanced learning experience to your users. Choose an LMS provider that actively designs with the future in mind

*Gordon Moore, founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law

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