Learning management refers to how you manage the learning and development of your staff or your customer-base strategically. The "system" or "platform" you use to manage this function can be a piece of software installed on your servers, or as in many cases today a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) piece of software that resides in the cloud somewhere and your population of learners access via their browser. There are many learning management systems (LMS) on the market today, ranging from open-source options to very costly platforms used by colleges & universities.
With so many LMSs on the market, how do you choose which one is right for you? And will you host it on your organization’s servers, or have one of the software-as-a-service providers host and manage it for you? Decisions, decisions.
A good LMS can help you:
- Track employee or customer training,
- Host and manage your very own e-learning courses,
- Remain organized by keeping all of your employee training information in one place,
- Automate many routine training tasks,
- Easily track competency achievement,
- Align training to your organization’s strategic goals,
- Improve compliance with industry-specific regulatory requirements, and much, much more.
Fortunately, Collabor8 Learning can help you decide based solely on your needs, your infrastructure and your human resources which is right for you.
What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?
A Learning Management System, or LMS, is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning, educational courses or training programs. LMSs range from systems for managing training and educational records to software for distributing online or blended/hybrid college courses over the Internet with features for online collaboration. Colleges and universities use LMSs to deliver online courses and augment on-campus courses. Corporate training departments use LMSs to deliver online training, as well as automate record-keeping and employee registration1.
1. “Learning management system.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 28 April 2013. Web. 1 May 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_management_system>