Learning Management Systems - the must-have features
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a Learning Management System? To be successful, an LMS
must fit into your overall e-learning plan and facilitate the business goals
you want to accomplish. An LMS
worthy of your time (and money!) must provide an infrastructure that allows you
to plan, deliver and manage e-learning programs in new and existing formats.
So, what should you look for in an LMS?
- Supports blended learning. People learn in different
ways. An LMS should offer training options that are student-paced
- Administration. The LMS must enable administrators to
manage user registrations and profiles, define roles, set curricula, author
courses, manage content, chart student progress and administer e-commerce.
- Reporting. Standard and customized reports on individual
and group performance must be available to Administrators. Reports should
be scalable to include the entire learning-base.
- Scheduling. The system should be able to build schedules
for learners and instructors.
- Learning Screens. All learning screens and features
should be manageable, using automated, user-friendly student and administration
- Assessment. Evaluation, testing and assessment engines help
you build a program that becomes more valuable over time.
- Skills management. A skills management component
enables organizations to measure training needs and identify improvement
areas based on learnersí collective competence in specified areas.
- Configurability. If an organization needs to
completely re-engineer its internal processes to install an LMS or employ expensive
programming resources to make changes to the LMS, then itís probably not a good
- Content management capabilities
connect smaller learning
objects to build courses and curriculums. Existing content and formats
should transfer quickly and easily into the course builder features.
little doubt that an LMS, an online training system, is a great investment that will
offer new frontiers for your training initiatives. Finding the system that's
the best fit for your company requires a careful selection process and thorough
survey of available features.