Choosing an LMS – Meeting Your Fundamental Needs

“Tell them what you need your system to do, not what features it should have”.

dreamstime_xs_50731317Those were the words that had me sit upright during a webinar the other week.  I’d been listening to a consultant giving some advice on choosing enterprise systems and although I’ve chosen learning management systems before – and also helped others to do so – I’ve also fallen into the trap of concentrating my efforts on coming up with a list of features.  For the last two years, I’ve definitely thought more about the user experience, but it was this one statement that turned on the light bulb and set the bells ringing.

Unless you are totally focused on what you want the LMS to do, you are in real danger of choosing a system that is too feature-rich for your needs and which might well confuse your learners.  Such a system might also take longer to deploy and cost you more.  And even if it ticks off all the items on the feature list you still created (or downloaded off the Internet), you might find it just doesn’t behave in the way you expected it to – or worse – your learners expected it to.

Part of deciding what you need your LMS to do is to consider some typical learner use cases.  These are the scenarios you should give to prospective vendors and around which you should request they base their demonstrations.  Here are ten to get you started. Continue reading “Choosing an LMS – Meeting Your Fundamental Needs”

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Choosing an LMS – Meeting Your Fundamental Needs

Using User-generated and Curated Content

dreamstime_xs_58366056The move towards embracing social and informal frequently opens up the conversation to talking about user-generated and curated content (UGCC).  This topic creates a lot of interest and excitement among many training professionals as it’s a great way to engage the business in learning.  But I’m not sure we are seeing that much of it, which is a shame given it’s real potential to add valuable content to our overall portfolio.

In this post, I’m going to explore this topic in more detail in the hope that it’ll edge your plans further forward. Continue reading “Using User-generated and Curated Content”

Using User-generated and Curated Content

What’s Your Learning Engagement Ratio?

dreamstime_xs_59435716How engaged are your learners?  Specifically how engaged are they with your learning management system (LMS)?

I was recently talking to someone and they mentioned that probably half their learners hadn’t ever logged on to the system.  Half of the others had logged on but not completed their prescribed learning and only the final 25 per cent had logged on and finished their courses.  They concluded that that represented a full engagement percentage of 25 per cent.

It has been some time since I found myself in a similar position.  Then – some two decades ago – I was looking to find ways to ensure 100 percent engagement with a benchmark of every employee completing three hours of technology-based learning each year.

So here are my thoughts about analysing learning (LMS) engagement – another way of using LMS data differently. Continue reading “What’s Your Learning Engagement Ratio?”

What’s Your Learning Engagement Ratio?