The ability to complete learning online is easily one of the hallmarks of the 21st century. Any location with an internet connection retains the ability for online learning. One way that businesses and educational institutions manage their eLearning activities is through the use of a learning management system (LMS). This powerful software allows users to log in from anywhere in the world, complete learning activities, and all data is available to the school or business that assigned the training.
Features of an LMS
An LMS can streamline the process of learning online for both the learner and the business or educational institution. The strengths and abilities of an LMS will vary depending on what you are looking for out of the LMS software. Overall, it makes the process of managing and accessing training content easier. Some common features you will find in an LMS are:
- Simple interface that makes it easy to find your assigned learning activities
- Ability to complete assessments or assignments to support classroom learning
- Comprehensive tracking capabilities that allows for easy reporting of training data
- Robust software that can handle multiple types of online learning content
Types of LMS
There are many different companies selling an LMS, but really only two different kinds of software.
Vendor Supported LMS: This proprietary software is sold on a subscription basis. All a business has to do is add their data and users before getting started. It is very robust and easy to use. Most businesses will find their needs met by this option. Any maintenance or troubleshooting problems are handled by the vendor who will help you get them resolved quickly.
Open Source LMS: If you're looking for unlimited customization options, then you might try an open source LMS. This software is sold with the programming left open so you can complete it yourself. It's complex and takes a long time to finish. The oversight and maintenance of the software remains the purchaser's responsibility throughout the life of the LMS.
Try an LMS
Before making a purchase of any LMS, consider taking advantage of the free trial offered by Litmos. Their vendor supported LMS is popular worldwide. It has an intuitive interface and robust functionality that makes it a good choice to use for learning online.