Better understanding learning management and eLearning
As the popularity of eLearning grows, one issue that many educational institutions and companies are facing is how to create a method of learning management that works best for their specific needs. Learning management refers to the administrative side of the learning process. Typical tasks include:
- Tracking courses
- Tracking students
- Registering attendees
- Tracking attendee course completion and results
- Managing delivery logistics (time, place, capacity, etc.)
- Maintaining history
One of the many benefits of eLearning is that you have the option to present training on a number of platforms. On the downside, with so many options available, companies run into the problem of finding places to store this training so that learners can easily access it.
LMS software affords organizations the ability to keep track of eLearning courses, student attendance/completion, assessment results, and reporting, all in one centralized location. When you consider how many different systems and manual processes this would otherwise require, it's easy to see how purchasing an LMS can be a great return on your investment.
Deciding on an LMS
Many companies have found themselves stuck with LMS software that is cumbersome or doesn't work well for their needs. After the investment of making a purchase, or even programming it if needed, they have to find a way to work within the scope of the LMS. Choosing the wrong LMS option doesn't have to happen if you do the appropriate research up front. Don't let someone else's bad experience scare you away from this powerful software. Simply do some homework at the beginning before making your purchase.
Types of LMS Software
There are two common types of LMS software. The end result is supposed to be the same where coordinators load data and students access it for eLearning activities. The reporting and usage functionality is similar between both options.
What is different, however, is the programming and technical expertise required before users even start taking courses. There are two types of LMS software:
- Open Source - company buys software with open programming and then have to complete programming and technical support internally.
- Vendor Supported - company purchases a subscription that is fully programmed and they simply add their logo and users to get started.
In the online world, learning management systems have revolutionized the delivery of training and education. They automate these tasks; but more importantly, learning management systems establish a standard learning management delivery infrastructure and framework on which online courses can be deployed. Students can "attend" a course 24x7x365; learn at their own pace; do the work at a location they prefer; and complete tests that verify the student met educational goals.
Try an LMS
Rather than making a purchase you are not sure about, Litmos offers a free trial of their vendor supported LMS software. Before you commit to a purchase, you have an opportunity to try all of their features for yourself. Give it a try to see how this software can help you and your organization manage your learning programs.