If you are looking at different types of eLearning platforms for your online learning program, you have likely heard many positive and negative stories about experiences with a learning management system (LMS). This software is either loved, or hated, by both end users and program administrators. Understanding the differences between different software options will help you narrow down the selection and find an LMS that is a great match for your eLearning program.
LMS software is a very powerful type of eLearning platform used to house and maintain all aspects of an eLearning program. The important part of the LMS is that it has a smooth interface that is intuitive for your users. If they need extensive training on how to use the software, then it's not a good option to have. Knowing up front what functionality you need for your program, and then ensure that your selection has those specific options is a critical piece of the decision making process.
Sometimes companies will only focus on one specific group of end users. They will either work to find software that makes it easy to upload content or easy to pull reports, while neglecting the look and feel for learners who access and use the content. Other times they look at only the learner perspective and the back end for program administrators is so complicated that no one wants to upload content.
Types of LMS Software
You can go with either a proprietary/vendor supported LMS or an open source LMS. The primary difference between these two is the amount of programming and work you'll have to do before your users can begin using the software. A vendor supported LMS is ready to use at the time of purchase. If you go with an open source LMS, you have to do a lot of work before the software can be used for eLearning.
Try an LMS
If you're looking for an LMS for your eLearning program, consider a number of different options before making your final selection. Litmos has a very popular vendor supported LMS that is used by companies all over the world. Take advantage of a free 14 day trial to see if the LMS has the type of eLearning platform you need for your program.
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