How to Choose a New Learning Management System

It’s not an easy decision to make. There are so many options out there, it can be difficult to know which one is the best fit for your company. That’s why we decided to compile a list of what need to consider when choosing learning management systems for your schools and collegues.

We all know that making the right choice will have a huge impact on how well you do in this competitive market, but with so many choices out there it can be hard to decide which one is right for you.

Our article will help you narrow down your search by answering questions like “What type of LMS should I choose?” and “What Features are the Best?”

How Does a Learning Management System Work?

A learning management system (LMS) is software that provides the infrastructure for course development, content delivery, and post-course activities. It also supports various devices in delivering information to students. A learning management system is a highly customizable platform that supports a wide range of third party integrations. It can be easily integrated with other tools and best of all is often free or fairly inexpensive.

How to Choose a New Learning Management System

Standard features that must come included

Some of these LMS platforms come with standard features that are essential for most courses, such as: e-mail integration, quizzes and assessments, certificates of completion, dynamic course descriptions, group management features and forums. Choose a platform that offers all these standard features because you’ll save a lot of time by not having to integrate them yourself.

Another thing to keep in mind is the ability for your students to access the course materials from different devices including PC, laptop or even mobile devices.

In addition to the basic level of service provided with most LMS programs, many online courses come with added capabilities built specifically for one organization’s needs.

In order to make sure you get the services that will be exactly what you need it might be a good idea to purchase a LMS that offers additional features, such as: time tracking, the ability to move the content from one system to another and compatibility with multiple payment methods.

What type of LMS should I choose?

The main types of LMS platforms available today include: Basic, Transactional and Integrated.

Basic LMS: Basic LMS is just what it sounds like, a bare bones type of system. By default, the platform comes with an assortment of features but lacks any integrations or extras. Basic LMS works well for small to medium sized organizations who are looking to take advantage of the core LMS capabilities, without adding any bells and whistles.

Transactional LMS: This is the perfect type of platform for busy professionals seeking an all-inclusive solution that’s complete with several additional features, including comprehensive reporting tools and integrated services that can increase learner satisfaction and boost business productivity. However it might be expensive for smaller businesses

Integrated LMS: Integrated platforms are the best choice for large enterprises since they offer support for multiple courses and users. They also integrate with other tools that organizations may already be using, such as project management and fundraising software. Integrated LMS can provide a more comprehensive experience for learners and increase workflows overall.

Open Source vs Commercial

For many organizations, it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of using an open-source LMS as opposed to a commercial learning management system.

Open-Source: Open-Source LMSs are typically free and offer more customization options than their commercial counterparts. They also come with a stronger community support group which can help individuals or companies troubleshoot any problems they have along the way. However, commercial LMSs are easier to use and offer better support if you ever need it.

Commercial: Commercial LMSs offer less customization but are often much easier to use than open-source platforms, making it easier for employees or users to achieve their goals without technical knowledge. This is especially helpful for organizations that may not have the resources to invest in a team of developers or designers. Commercial LMSs provide additional customer support if there is ever any trouble, but open-source LMSs offer great community support groups.

How much does a Learning Management System cost?

Lastly, you’ll need to consider the cost of your learning management system. The last thing you want is to spend too much money on features that won’t be used or that aren’t fully integrated with your current tech. On the other hand it would be a waste not to get features you might end up needing in the future.

The price ranges for basic LMS platforms start from $10/month and can go as high as $250/month depending on usage. These services offer everything from certificates of completion support, team management tools and more recently gamification capabilities which improve engagement levels and increase student success rates. In addition, they offer the standard LMS features listed earlier.

Transactional or “marketplace LMS” platforms are usually more heavily customizable and may have a higher price range from $35/month to $250/month. These services come with everything included in basic LMS, but also offer gamification, incentives and even social learning capabilities among others things.

The price will depend on how much customization is required for your company’s needs. Integrated Learning Management Systems may have a monthly subscription fee starting at $75 to up to several hundred dollars per month depending on desired features.

This type of platform comes with all the bells and whistles needed by large organizations that require extensive personalization options, complex integrations and scalability capabilities.

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