Implementing an LMS - a Key Part of your Learning Project

LMS Tips: Implementing an LMS - a Key Part of your Learning Project

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Implementing a Learning Management System (LMS) is an integral component of online training, and a key element of that implementation is course development, whether it is created, purchased, or a combination of both. 


Letís examine the key strategies of course development.


Who are the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) within your organization? It takes just a few minutes to identify colleagues, training specialists and others with expertise and materials pertaining your developing course, even if created in diverse formats. Also, are there potential developers you can recruit for the course cultivation projects on an ad hoc basis?


What content already exists, and how can I incorporate it? Take inventory of existing materials and resources. Research possible sources for learning content (PowerPoint, Word files, video material, flash movies, web sites, HTML and text, etc.). In many cases, you may already have web-deliverable components and just need an authoring tool to create the logical arrangement of learning screens. In other cases, you may need to convert text from word processing format to HTML format. Classroom and CD-ROM-based learning tools often generate large files that are too slow to load over the internet. Conversion to streaming video format or Flash movies can prepare these multimedia materials for use in a web-based learning environment.


Where do my learners go to find online content and support material? First, decide which materials are online content and which would make better support materials. Instructional material is needed to teach the concepts and knowledge you want to disseminate online. Information that covers special cases, alternative methods or additional examples can be organized as support documentation. You can use hyperlinks, document libraries or simple reference notes. One way to differentiate training material from reference material is to consider frequency, immediacy and criticalness.  


When do I need an introductory course to lead to more advanced courses? Most training experts agree that the cardinal rule of authoring is to make sure courses are not overwhelming in size. Even within the course, you want to make sections manageable and possibly even divide the course into multiple sections and classes. 


Why is it important to group courses? Job requirements, experience levels and the diversity of your learners will help you determine how to assemble training material and structure course offerings to effectively cover a specific subject, competency or certification.


How should I structure my online courses? The LMS should facilitate, not dictate, how your content is structured to produce your online courses. Needs and environments will change, and the avenues offered by the LMS to create and adjust training content require flexibility.


Once you examine your available resources and gather the components of your course development, the FlexTraining online training experts can help you plan and develop your online training projects.

Dynamic Analysis: An Essential E-Learning Component

Information tracking is not static, and dynamic analysis is an essential component of your online training software. Whether you want to evaluate enrollment trends, test question effectiveness or detail test results, your integrated reporting function should allow for unlimited data analysis for repetitive or ad hoc reporting. To keep your E-Learning programs on track, you need a flexible reporting function so you can ask the right questions and get the answers you need to stay the course or change direction. 

What should your reporting function do for you? Extract routine or unplanned data for spreadsheets, presentations and reports. Archive the information for review down the road. Track learner progress against short- and long-term goals and deadlines.

Store, search and retrieve documents regarding training accomplishments and augment performance evaluation data to identify strengths and opportunities within your workforce. Remember, what gets measured gets done, and the FlexTraining LMS give you the tools you need to report, analyze and succeed.



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