7 Questions to Ask When Selecting an LMS

If you read our other learning management systems article in this newsletter, you know how popular the systems are becoming, especially among SMBs who are beginning to recognize the benefits an LMS can provide. 

Today, there are dozens of LMS platforms on the market, and choosing the one that's best for your needs takes a little time and effort. To help you narrow down your selection, here's a quick overview of some of the most popular and beneficial features to look for:

* What costs are associated with the system? Both one-time setup costs and ongoing costs need to be accounted for. After all, if a system is too expensive, you might as well cross it off your list right from the start.

* Does the system support standards used by your business? If an LMS doesn't offer learning modules and content for the subjects you need to cover, it's another easy elimination.

* Is it mobile or must it be used on site? Not critical if you intend to have your employees learn during working hours, but what if they want to learn on their own time or access modules at home?

* How often is the library updated? Standards change fairly often, so rolling updates guarantee you'll have access to the most recent guidelines and training materials for your industry.

* What types of reporting capabilities does it offer? Be sure to ask about formats as well.

* Can the platform be hosted by the SMB or will it be hosted by the LMS provider?

* What skills will your personnel need to have to successfully implement the system and help employees learn to use it? Most systems are relatively simple to use, but you do need to have at least a couple tech-savvy employees who won't be daunted by the thought of managing an LMS.

These are just a few questions to get you started. Any selection should begin with a thorough evaluation of your needs and your expectations to avoid disappointment as well as wasted time and money. 

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