For corporations and academic institutions, having a proper Learning Management System is incredibly important. Not only will the right open source LMS allow educators and trainers to teach learners in the most effective ways possible, but it can also drastically improve employee retention and satisfaction by making everyday work-related tasks and continuing education assignments more enjoyable.
However, despite their importance, many corporations ignore the signs that it might be time to replace their LMS with something more suitable to their needs. This article will give you all the information you need to decide whether or not a change of LMS is in order for your enterprise.
1. Instructors, learners and employees don't use your LMS
While it may seem obvious that a lack of use is an indicator of a lacklustre LMS, this aspect is still routinely overlooked. If your employees and trainers - and as a result, their learners - are choosing to use non-LMS related methods for completing work or training activities, you may want to consider changing your LMS.
As an important caveat to this point, however, your LMS's lack of use may also simply originate from a lack of awareness on the part of your employees and trainers. If you think this is the case, then focus on internally marketing your LMS to trainers and employees in order to encourage its use and awareness before you make any drastic decisions.
2. Your LMS doesn't support mobile or global use
Today, more people than ever are using their phones as a method of communication and work completion. For this reason, having an LMS that supports mobile use (and works well on mobile devices - the two are not always the same, unfortunately) is incredibly important.
Additionally, if you're looking to expand your company with remote workers, getting an LMS that supports global usage is in your best interests.
3. Your LMS provider is difficult to work with
Whether it's overpricing their product or providing you with poor support, having an LMS provider that's difficult to work with can be a huge detriment for your company. In today's digital age, most LMS' offer demos and rental options.
As such, there's simply no reason to stick with an underperforming LMS provider if you can help it.
4. Your LMS is either too complicated or too simple for your needs
While it may sound contradictory, different LMS' will work for different companies. For example, if you only use your LMS for some simple, routine training exercises that also have practical application elements, having a fully featured LMS may not be necessary. On the other hand, if your LMS plays an integral role not only in employee training but also in work management and completion, you'll want something capable of providing you with significant power and flexibility.
5. Your LMS' software capabilities aren't cutting it
This can apply to both your LMS' data collection abilities, as well as its UX/UI. In a world of big data, there's simply no reason not to invest in an LMS capable of letting you accurately see how employees and learners are performing.
Similarly, there's no reason to stick with an LMS that has a confusing or overwrought UI/UX - with the LMS market as crowded as it is currently, competition is fierce and as a result, you will undoubtedly be able to find multiple LMS' capable of meeting your needs while giving you both incredible software capabilities and UI/UX designs.
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