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Learning Management Systems: Harness the Power & Avoid the Pitfalls

Learning Management Systems: Harness the Power & Avoid the Pitfalls

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A Learning Management System (LMS) is a powerful tool that can help your employees reach their training goals. Whether you are responsible for a team of ten, or for managing the training for thousands of business partners or clients, we’d like to offer some best practices.

Your LMS can make or break your user experience. How efficiently is your LMS integrated into your current platform? How positive is the user experience? Let’s explore some challenges our clients faced and how we helped them leverage the power of their LMS.



What Data Do I Really Need?

LMS administrators often need updated reporting on usage, comprehension, retention, and responsiveness. Unfortunately, many LMS reports are limited in the detail they can track. The right Learning Record Store (LRS), or data tracking repository, will allow for the best visibility to improve your eLearning strategy and provide the best user experience. Make your data meaningful – avoid collecting data that won’t be used, doesn’t add value and will clutter the interface. Valuable user data is a powerful tool that can guide future training opportunities and course enrollments and create accurate reporting.

My Workflows Do Not Match Up

The reality is that very few LMSs could meet all your organizational needs. Your LMS should accommodate the workflows already in place within your organization, not the other way around. Too often we see companies looking for a “quick fix” – the off-the-shelf LMS. Avoid following the “check the box” mentality in an attempt to meet a specific RFP detail. This ineffective approach often results in much-needed custom development to “make it work.’

Integration hurdles

Security, scalability, flexibility, and ease of use should all be considered when evaluating an LMS solution. Take full advantage of linking your existing tools to your LMS and reap the benefits of in-depth reporting.

As an example, Human Resources may have their own information systems and integration with an LMS can add depth to a user’s account history. Integration with eCommerce systems make it possible to deliver learning courses and a revenue stream.

Why wait for updates?

The learning management space is dynamic, with an ever-evolving set of functionality, tools, and advancements. It’s important that your provider can evolve to meet administrative demands. Having access and control over your data, content management, and billing system is a powerful advantage when managing your training courses.

Before committing to a learning management system, allow us to provide our expertise. We’ve been there! Contact us today.