As the popularity of eLearning increases at businesses and educational institutions, creating a personalized learning system for your learners has never been easier. Robust software known as a learning management system (LMS) houses all of your training courses and associated training data in one centralized location. With multiple LMS options on the market, you are almost guaranteed to find one that specifically meets your needs.
Selecting an LMS
To create a personalized learning system for your users, you will first need to select an LMS that you want to use. There are two primary options to choose from:
Vendor supported LMS: you subscribe to an off-the-shelf software option and then personalize it with your company logo and other information. Simply load your training and your users, and then you're ready to get started.
Open source LMS: you purchase an LMS with open coding then personalize it based on your needs. This requires a significant amount of time and technical knowledge before trainers can load data or students can utilize the system.
Cost of an LMS
Depending on the needs of your organization, one may be a better fit than the other. The costs between the two vary somewhat, but it's hard to measure them side by side due to their significant differences. While one may cost more in subscription costs, the other costs more in time, manpower, and technical resources. For that reason, cost alone should not be the sole deciding factor in selecting your LMS.
With an open source LMS, your organization will be responsible for completing the programming and supporting the LMS if any issues arise. This is an ongoing requirement that will not end when the initial programming is complete. An open source LMS requires dedicated technical support.
If you purchase a subscription to a vendor supported LMS, your technical support needs are included within the cost of your subscription. All you need to do is pick up the phone and you can reach someone who is proficient in the programming of your LMS.
Try an LMS
Litmos offers a free trial of their vendor supported LMS. With over a million users spanning the globe, it's a very popular choice for organization of all sizes. Give it a try today and see how a personalized learning system can help you manage your eLearning needs.
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