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What are some useful tips for choosing a learning management system?

With so many online teaching platforms available, it is very difficult to settle on one learning management system. I have been trying to select the best online learning software without any success. Whenever I feel like I have found the right software, it ends up being either too expensive or lacking one or more important features. Therefore, I would like to know some of the useful tips I can use when selecting an LMS and other online learning tools. I believe this will help me save time and money.

Alexa Spicer

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Bethany Evans on February 21, 2018

You are right. It is not easy to choose one among the many available learning management systems. It takes a lot of time and effort to settle on good software for online learning that has all the features your institution needs. However, there are a few tricks you can use to identify the best online teaching platform for your needs. These include:

  • Consider your Learning and Development Team’s Skills

It is very important to consider your learning and development team’s skills and talents when you are buying any online learning tool. This is because the tools ought to have the creative control, functionality and usability suitable for your team. If you buy software that is very easy to use, you will miss out on invaluable human perspective. On the other hand, if you buy software that is difficult to use, your team might not be able to take advantage of all its features which will be a waste and might require you to make a large investment on training.

  • Determine Your Objectives in Advance

The first thing you need to do before you start choosing an LMS is to determine your objectives. What do you hope to achieve using the software and what does your audience expect to learn from the online program you will be offering? The answer to this question will help you choose a system that enables you to achieve all your objectives.

  • Assess Your Current Strategy

Another important thing you need to do is to assess your current strategy. Identify what works and what needs some improvement. With this information in mind, choose a system that has all the successful features you already have and fine-tunes all the features that are not working for you.

  • Get Staff Feedback

Your staff can be really instrumental when you are trying to buy new software. Find out which features they like, which ones they find easy to work with and which ones they do not like. Also, find out what changes they would like to see in the new system. With this feedback, you will have a clear idea of what you need to get. You can easily get this information by giving out questionnaires to your staff.

  • Consider Your Budget

You also need to be realistic when it comes to your budget. Make sure you have set a budget before you decide to make the purchase. Once this is done, search for LMS within your budget. This narrows down your search because you will not have to look at the expensive options.

Wilson Hansen2 years ago

These are all great tips that can help you choose a learning management system. However, I would suggest you consult an expert when you want to purchase a new system especially if you have never bought such a system before. This is because an expert will give you all the information you need concerning which LMS to choose. They share pros and cons and are capable of explaining why you should choose one system over another. Consulting an expert also saves you a lot of time that you would otherwise waste on doing research. The only drawback is the fact that you will have to pay the expert for his or her services. However, the payment is totally worth it because you will end up with a system that is suitable and beneficial to your company. Nonetheless, if you decide to consult an expert, make sure you hire the best person for the job to prevent being misled.


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