Training management is an issue that most training departments have faced at one time or another. If you are managing aspects of compliance or a degree seeking educational program, tracking who has completed segments of training, when, and how they scored on associated assessments can be just as important as the quality of training delivery. Because of this need, the use of learning management systems (LMS) continues to grow. Learning more about the types of LMS options on the market can help you narrow down the selection and find the best option for your particular need.
LMS software is a platform that allows training coordinators to manage nearly all aspects of training. Training courses for eLearning activities can be housed in the LMS regardless of what delivery modality you are using. Further more, users can complete the training and take required assessments before moving on to other assignments. For training oversight, an LMS usually has reporting capabilities to eliminate the need for a separate tracking program.
Types of LMS Software
There are many different LMS options on the market, but they typically fall within two categories. Each has a set of pros and cons that will vary depending on your specific need and capabilities.
Proprietary LMS: This is a vendor supported LMS option that allows users to purchase a robust off-the-shelf product that is easy to set up and use. The interface of this LMS is typically simple enough that basic computer users can utilize the features without the need for assistance from an IT specialist. After purchasing the subscription, a training coordinator simply loads their training material and users to get started. It makes training management a very easy process.
Open Source LMS: As opposed to a ready to use product, an open source LMS is one that you purchase with the programming left open so that it can be completed by your own company. While this allows for unlimited customization, it also requires tremendous IT resources and an extended period of time before it's ready to be used.
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If you're considering an LMS for your training needs, Litmos offers a free trial of their proprietary LMS software. You can see for yourself how easy it is to set up and use. Give it a try to day and see if this is the solution to your training management needs.
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