How to Choose the Right LMS

Shopping for LMS? How do you select from the options available?

Sarah Mathews has a small but successful real estate agency. As her team has grown, she has found it increasingly difficult to keep staff members updated with the latest marketing trends, mortgage options, and zoning laws. Further, she has 10 offices spread across the New England area. She further hopes to expand her business, including opening up businesses in Puerto Rico and Mexico for those seeking holiday homes. Apart from training, she has been finding it difficult to keep up with other administrative tasks and needs to train staff to handle this and generate the requisite reporting to understand and operate her business.

A Learning Management System (LMS) such as Velpic can help Sarah share training material effortlessly. The team can complete the training at their own pace, using their own devices from wherever they are. Velpic LMS will help create engaging multimedia training videos and manage all her training activities from a single platform. Through Velpic, she can provide timely information to do their jobs well. She can keep track of her team’s progress and the scalability of her LMS will also allow her to update and add training programs across the country and the world. Switching to Velpic will help her reduce administration time and thus save money.

Sarah chose Velpic but how do you choose the ideal LMS for your organization? Where and how do you start? And will it be worth the cost and effort to learn and implement it?

First determine your need for an LMS. Is it to make training for your staff or students easier and more streamlined? Is it to manage your data, subscribers, course enrollments or catalogues better? Or is it to provide access anytime and anywhere by using say a web or cloud-based LMS? Or perhaps it is to improve the skills of your students or employees by offering new certifications or improving compliance with new regulations. Also consider the size of your business, the volume of training required, the skill level and technical savviness of your employees or students and number of locations that will need to be covered. For example, do you have several remote employees? Look at the features offered by your LMS of choice. Does it offer the assessment and testing tools you desire, or the tracking and reporting facilities you need? Do you need easier access to customization options and multiple device accessibility so it can be accessed on laptops, tablets, and smartphones? You need to evaluate the options available and what will be most useful for your employees. You will have to assess the screen size that works best for your training program. Also look at how content will be developed? For instance, if you or a team member can develop your own content, then you could choose an LMS with a built-in authoring function.

You also need to consider the software and operating system requirements and whether the LMS you choose will integrate with the programs and applications you already use. If the LMS shows a preference for certain tools, then you will have to bear the unnecessary burden of purchasing new tools. Equally important is to consider the maintenance of your LMS? Does the LMS distributor or seller offer tech support or will you have to allot a team member/s to implement and maintain your new LMS?

And most importantly, you would need to consider the price. LMS options come in varied price ranges and models – from a flat fee to prices per user to subscription models per month. Consider your budget requirements and look at what is offered from installation and content creation to maintenance.

Most companies that sell LMS offer a live demo. This is a great way to find out if the system is right for you.

To find out if Velpic is right for you, contact Mark Constantino Jr., MyCloudCure, at 603–799–6992.

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