Learning Management System – LMS Demonstration
The features of an LMS and its integration into your existing infrastructure will always be of prime importance. These are obvious factors that will influence your choice but there are other major considerations. Remember that any LMS it not a standalone purchase which requires no further interaction. At their core all Learning Management System are software platforms that host, deliver and track courses and members. Its interface for the users and admin staff will be crucial in providing an appealing experience. So, whilst matching features with your criteria will get you started in your LMS selection, there will be nothing like a full demonstration to decide the winner.
Good LMS providers like Cortexa are happy to visit your premises to provide a demo but in most cases an online presentation will offer everything you need. But in any demonstration what do you need? Firstly it is easy to get carried away with the presentation that the supplier wants to give rather than achieving what you really need. So here is our guide to getting the most from your LMS demo.
Involve the your LMS team not just decision makers
Don’t leave it until deployment day to include your L&D admin team. These are the people who will have regular hands on experience so their opinions count. If they think it looks complicated to understand or navigate then the roll out and support will be more challenging. Also knowing their views will help you to contract the required levels of training and continuous support. Sophisticated platforms often come with a multitude of options but that can mean that the learning curve is steep.
Most LMS platforms have very secure systems with advanced encryption but make sure you explore the detail. It’s not just a matter of data security within your business, you also need to consider the data protocols used to pass information between systems or for the vendor to provide your support and backup.
What Support Services are on offer?
Vendor support packages are likely to be similar but not necessarily the same. Use the demonstration to flag at which point the support offering comes into play, to understand what form it takes and the SLA’s provided. Service support is so often overlooked when LMS decisions are made but we recommend you give it high priority.
A lot of LMS offerings make a big play about their facilities to create a blended learning experience, essentially allowing you to smoothly integrate traditional learning elements with your digital offering. However how this works can vary greatly across platforms. If this is a key feature of your purchasing decision, ask for it to be fully demonstrated.
An essential feature of most Learning Management Systems is the ability to monitor user performance and progress. Administrators will be able to access this data in real time but many key stakeholders will require regular reports in specific formats. It would be wise to review how the reporting system operates, how easy it is to create custom reports and if they can be generated and distributed automatically. Some systems also provide data through a dashboard style design which provides a visualisation of the same data in forms or graphs. This display method is quite popular so remember to ask and review it.
More recently LMS platforms have begun to add social learning tools, offering a facility for a learning community. These often take the form of forums which promote a knowledge sharing culture and provide an internal support and mentoring system. Though perhaps not a game changer, creating a knowledge community within the close confines of your business could avoid intellectual capital from leaking out.
- If you’re attending a demonstration remotely ask for the session to be recorded so that you can review it again later or provide it to any staff that were not available during the live session.
- Make sure that you prepare for the demonstration so that you get the most from it.
- Give the supplier a list of what you want to see rather than let them dictate the event’s flow and content.
- Try to avoid being impressed with features and options that you don’t need and didn’t list on your criteria. Remember that extra features add complexity and increase costs – sometimes less is more.
- Lastly, demonstrations provide the perfect opportunity to see how the LMS interface looks and feels from both an admin and user perspective. Make sure that you are really happy with this as it can be pivotal to the project’s success.
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If you need further advice on an LMS selection, require a demonstration or just want general guidance then please call us now on 0330 024 2881 or use our email form provided.
Original Article by Cortexa