Modern (LMS) Learning Management System are characterized by a convenient and flexible interface, wide functionality and allow you to bring distance learning to a whole new level.

Distance learning systems ( (LMS) Learning Management System, from English – learning management systems) allow you to organize the learning process from scratch and track the success of students by creating online courses

Or virtual classes that are available anytime and anywhere in the world where there is Internet. All training materials are stored in one place, it is convenient to adapt and revise them depending on the goals of training and the field of activity of the company or organization.

How to choose a distance learning system?

Before deciding whether your business should invest in acquiring or developing your own LMS, or choosing the most suitable training software solution, there are a number of important points to consider, which we will discuss below.

Step 1: Determine the needs of the company

Given the large number of distance learning systems on the market (over 700), you need to have a clear idea of   what exactly you need from an LMS, and how this system will help you achieve the desired results. It is very important to understand exactly who you are going to teach (and, accordingly, what training programs you will need): the age of potential students, their level of qualification, technical background, when and how it will be convenient for them to take courses, using what devices, what is the optimal number of students should be in a group.

 

Step 2: Determining the requirements for the LMS system

The list of requirements for the system should be as detailed as possible, which will help to significantly narrow down the search in the future. They can be divided into the following groups:

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Functional requirements

This includes must-have features such as user and course management, choice of learning model (pure online, blended online offline or instructor-led), learning content support and creation, analytics and reporting.

Some LMS have a number of additional features, including: – support for social learning with the ability to publish, discuss and distribute content on the basis of social networks, as well as mobile learning, e-commerce support for the sale of training courses, gamification, integration with personnel records systems, the ability to issuance of a certificate at the end of the course and much more.

Technical requirements

Modern LMS systems are divided into two main groups: cloud and “boxed” (out-of-the-box). Cloud platforms allow you to quickly and easily start the process of distance learning after completing registration in the system.

All information is stored on external servers, and the process of downloading materials is similar to working with Google Drive or other file storage services.

“Boxed” LMSs are installed directly on the company’s server, but their launch is technically more difficult, since integration with existing systems is often required. It is also necessary to take into account the security of the software, the availability of technical documentation, the availability of technical support, and the possibility of integration with other corporate systems.

 Project economics

How much are you willing to spend, and how much are users willing to spend. Will LMS implementation pay off? Existing LMSs have different payment models and pricing plans (pay only for active users, for example). At the same time, according to  research , user spending on LMS is on average 59% higher than previously planned. Therefore, approach this issue carefully.

Step 3. Choose a ready-made LMS or create your own?

Is there an LMS that most fully and accurately matches your requirements? There are only two ways to find out. First : Explore developer websites, reviews, reports, user recommendations. Second : experience in practice. Many developers provide access to a demo version: in this way, you can evaluate the functionality of the system without risking anything.