It is important to choose an LMS based on your business goals and select features that fit the big picture.
Part of choosing an LMS, which is often forgotten, is eliminating systems that come with too many frills. As a result, the system will be cluttered and hard to manage even simple tasks. This makes the process less efficient.
And, the last thing you need is an inefficient LMS.
When you focus on so many ‘what if’ situations or the latest buzz words in the industry, you wind up with a bloated LMS and underutilized feature sets. But the catch is that you’ll be paying more for all the extras of the system even if you’re not using them.
Complicated feature sets are well-known for derailing business software roll-outs too. Even companies that do well with change have a hard time with adoption and user satisfaction.
Every business will have unique needs, but there are certain features that are universal. This is because they provide definable value, either in increased Return on Investment (ROI) or improved Key Performance Indicator (KPI).
These features enable an LMS to perform its essential functions for administrators, and encourage the highest adoption rate amongst an audience.
When selecting an LMS there are a few things that can be done in order to not be paralyzed by ‘choice overload.’
It’s easy to get distracted by the availability of ‘extra’ features that will only add unnecessary cost and complexity. Try to focus on the subset of LMS functionality that is essential for your business.
The first thing you’ll need to do is create a high-level features/requirement list created by your LMS team. Think about your company goals as well as some future projects coming up. These use case scenarios will set the stage for what features will be essential for your business goals and needs.
Some questions to think about include,
Each member of your LMS selection team should come up with several use cases that are pertinent to their job. Then it becomes easier to map back specific feature sets that are ‘must haves’ and then rank the ‘nice to haves’ afterward.
Using this strategy, you clearly define a set of features and functions that your LMS absolutely needs to have in order to be a good return on investment.
The feature sets of an LMS are very important which is why it should be high on your priority list. Creating use case scenarios is the best way to narrow down only the features your business will need and use. Remember that the longer the feature list the more difficult it will be to check if everything is really working; you may end up having all boxes checked and a Learning Management System that doesn’t really suit you.
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