Learn more about open learning management systems
Training administrators looking for ways to streamline their eLearning processes may find themselves considering an open learning management system versus a vendor-hosted learning management system. While the objective of both options are the same, the difference between the two are significant.
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application that is designed to serve as a platform for eLearning activities. Trainers can load content into this system and then assign it for learners to complete. Administrators have access to reporting data showing who has completed the training, how much time they spent on it, and what kind of grade they received on any assessments.
What is an Open LMS?
An open learning management system is simply a software blueprint an organization purchases that must be fully customized before use. This involves a significant amount of time and resources to determine a framework, utilize the appropriate programming language, and troubleshoot issues as they arise during both the development and implementation of the software. Because it's such a robust system, there is a learning curve involved with doing the behind-the-scenes programming. It's not uncommon for it to take a year or longer to get an open LMS up and running. Furthermore, while the costs up front may initially appear lower, once you consider the expense of extensive development or adddition if extra features, the price of these LMS options can dramatically increase.
What is a Vendor Hosted LMS?
A vendor hosted LMS is an off-the-shelf product that an organization subscribes to for their LMS needs. All of the programming and development is skipped, and administrators simply start loading users and training content. When a problem comes up, you don't have to go to your IT department for them to figure out. You simply get in touch with the LMS company and they can quickly get your issue resolved. The process to get started is very quick. Once you decide on a company, you will have learners using the LMS in no time. Finally, there are no hidden costs.
To give you a chance to try their LMS before committing to a purchase, Litmos offers a free trial of their vendor hosted LMS. With users across the world, they have experience with companies of all sizes. Take advantage of this free trial and see how a vendor-hosted LMS is an easier solution than an open learning management system.