eLearning has become an integral part of education and training. As companies and organizations seek after new types of eLearning experiences, many end up turning to traditional learning management systems (LMS). But is this the right approach?
Most LMSs on today’s market are not comprehensively designed to meet emerging eLearning needs. So, before you decide on using an LMS to implement your eLearning solution, ask yourself the following questions.
Have you heard about Personalized Learning? Today’s learners expect unique learning experiences that are tailored to them. You need a system that has the flexibility to generate diverse learning experiences. The system provides the tools to create a variety of layouts, flows, interactive activities and mobile access that are uniquely beneficial to each learning group.
When suggestions for site improvement start rolling in from learners, making adjustments should be quick and easy. Your system should be easy-to-use and provide the resources you need to implement changes and site improvements quickly. It is important that most changes can be made by teachers/instructors, not just IT experts.
Since there is no one software that meets all of our needs yet, we need to integrate third-party applications. This is why your eLearning system needs to support third-party integration. While standards like LTI or SCORM are a good start, systems that let you integrate Google Drive and Microsoft Office have an added advantage. Also, if you want to sell courses online, it doesn’t hurt to have the option of an integrated payment process.
Online communication and collaboration is no longer an option in learning. It is very important that your learning system allows learners to chat in real time, enable instructors to conduct live video sessions with learners, and have a forum for ongoing dialogue in the class.
Effective use of data can have a huge impact on the learning outcome. Your LMS should collect and generate data reports to indicate learner progress, helping you to determine ways to improve your learners’ learning experience. While basic data reports are useful to a certain point, the ideal LMS should be able to generate custom reports that reveal specific data and collect the type of data you are interested in. Also, learner privacy is a top priority and sufficient security and privacy should be provided for the collected data.
Branding is important to any business and this is also true for both education and training. Your learning system can sustain your brand by allowing you to blend the same unique presentation of your materials into the look and feel of your courses. Additionally, you will have full control over your site’s functionality and administration. It should also offer white label and URL customization.
Internet has made it possible for anyone to work globally now. Many companies need to provide trainings in multiple languages. You should plan for that too. Your system should let you localize to different markets, so that you can reach more than one region. In addition to translating text into various languages, localization allows editing to layout of texts, numbers, time formats and even color in some cases.
If you are going to offer your course to the world, your LMS needs to have the capacity to scale to the world. Your learning system should have the capability of supporting large numbers of learners and to scale globally. Learners should be able to efficiently and reliably access their courses anywhere at anytime. Your learning system will achieve this through solid cloud infrastructure.
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