Many businesses and educational institutions are looking for ways to develop a mobile learning system so that organized training and education can continue to take place outside the confines of the classroom. The reasons for doing this are plentiful as it can help overcome obstacles such as time, money, physical space, and geographic location just to name a few. One of the ways that organizations create this mobile learning system is to invest in a learning management system (LMS) software that allows users access from locations outside the facility network.
An LMS is useful in a number of ways and be used as an independent method of completing a course, or as an addendum to classroom instruction. There are two types of LMS software commonly found on the market.
- The first is open source software where a company purchases a software with open coding and then customizes it based on their specific preferences.
- The second is a proprietary or vendor supported software which is more of an off-the-shelf product that a company subscribes to and then sets up based on their organizational needs.
Which Option is Best?
Both options will work for a mobile learning system, but the primary differences between the two are both the cost and the amount of time/resources required to get them up and running. An open source software LMS allows for full customization, but can be expensive depending on what features you decide you want to include. Furthermore, the technical support requirement is huge and time consuming. A proprietary LMS may appear more expensive at first glance, but really, when you consider the amount of features included for the price and the fact that you can get started quicker with extensive technical support required, it's typically a more cost effective solution.
Try an LMS
Since purchasing a subscription or programming your own LMS is often not as easy decision, Litmos offers a free trialof their proprietary LMS. With over a million users spanning the globe and access available anywhere that has an internet connection, it's easy to see why it's such a popular choice. Give it a try and see if this LMS can turn into the mobile learning solution you are seeking.