Learning Management System Basics

What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?

An LMS is a software-based platform that facilitates the management, delivery, and tracking of an organization’s e-learning programs.

What is the benefit of having an LMS?

You can create a centralized learning experience for your employees. By investing in an LMS, you can blend content from various providers, including your internal resources, to create a truly interactive and relevant learning experience.

I don’t know if my organization has an LMS. Who should I ask?

An LMS is typically the core technology used by an organization’s Learning and Development (L&D) or training departments. Depending on the size or the structure of your organization, you may not have a centralized L&D or training group. Further, that department's initiatives may be reserved for particular training, such as compliance or corporate e-learning. If that is the case, it is still a good idea to reach out to your learning or training colleagues. Many times, they can offer advice and steer you in the right direction.

How much does a Learning Management System cost?

Costs vary widely, with a range of free options to those that move into six figures.

How do I know which LMS is right for me?

By typing “LMS software” into your search engine you’ll receive hundreds of results and may quickly become overwhelmed. If you’re thinking about investing in new software, start by asking, “What problems am I trying to solve?” Consider mapping these problems into different “opportunities,” meaning what are the different avenues you could pursue to address these problems. Sometimes, this process results in your deciding not to invest in new software. However, this exercise can help provide a clearer understanding of your requirements and allows you to make smarter software purchasing decisions.

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