Shopping for an LMS is not an easy task.
Although there are many options available in the market, finding the right learning management system can be overwhelming. Selection of the right LMS for your institution should be done carefully so you can be assured of that you are getting the best ROI for your investment.
Follow these 7 steps and you will be able to enjoy a simple and hassle-free learning management system selection process.
Goals, needs, expectations
Before anything, make sure you are clear with your goals, needs, and expectations for your LMS. This has to be a clear list, even you are trying an LMS for the first time or shopping for a system to replace what you already have.
Be clear first hand with what are the problems you are trying to solve with your LMS, what types of E-learning or training experiences you need the system for and what kind of an operational capacity you are looking at and… etc.
When you are defining goals and expectations for your LMS it’s important that you get the feedback of all stakeholders, employees, subject experts and if possible even from potential users.
Technical considerations and limitations
You should consider technical specifications the system will require to operate. Will the technology you already have and the hardware will be enough for the new LMS? Or will it require to upgrade your hardware?
Also, it’s important that you identify barriers your e-learning team and the users might face and the limitations they might have when using the new solution. Here’ talent and skills of your team should be taken into account as it will affect the practicality of your LMS solution.
Once you’ve defined your goals, requirements and understood limitations, it’s time for you to select the features you need in your LMS.
Usually, an LMS comes with a gourmet of features - but every institution won’t need them all. Thus selecting only the features that your institution really need will help you get the best bang for your buck.
During this phase, it’s important that the E-learning team and the management collaborate as the team is the people know their daily struggles and challenges better. Here keep in mind to select only what you require but not the features that are nice to have.
Research on options
Now you have everything clearly defined and has a rough idea of the features you need. Thus you are good to hit the market to shop for an LMS. During your search, you will find many vendors who offer LMS solutions thus you might want to collect information about vendors as much as you can who you think might be a potential partner.
Here make sure you consider Tigernix LMS as well, as we offer flexible LMS solutions for a range of clients.
Evaluate your options
Here you can compare every vendor with each other and see who can be the best LMS partner for your institute. Following are a few factors you need to consider
- Vendor experience and reputation
- System features
- Vendor’s after sales and tech support
- Vendor reviews
This is another important factor you need to define for the project before moving further down the line.
Here you need to be realistic. Although it’s good to have a budget planned for the system before you hit the market, it’s important that you keep it flexible as you’ll be able to get a clear idea of what it really cost only when you interact with a few vendors.
Here you need to make sure that you take hardware and training costs into account.
Compare every vendor against your requirement and expectations and narrow down your LMS vendor list as much as you. Then you can book a demo and find out the best LMS vendor for you.
Although the process won’t be simple as it sounds here in the article, these steps will help you to stay focus without getting distracted.