Selecting the appropriate learning content management system for an organization starts with identifying the learning strategy and requirements. Today there are so many packages to manage the virtual learning and many Universities and Institutions are using it to deliver the learning content to as many learners and students.
Purchasing a learning management environment is a major investment, so it is important to clearly define and prioritize requirements in order to find the right Learning Management System that will meet core requirements initially and grow to meet subsequent requirements in the future.
Pat Alvarado is an independent consultant specializing in corporate learning and learning technology, who has given seven steps to select an appropriate Learning Management System for any organization. It may not work for every organization but it may be used as the guidelines for the same.
1. Determine the Learning Strategy
Most of the learning organizations have their precise learning strategy and if not then this should be the first task on your notepad to be structured in place. If not, now is the time to develop one. In developing a strategy, consider the target audience—their learning preferences, their locations, the resources that are available to them to attend learning programs, etc. Corporate goals and objectives should also be defined and the strategy aligned to them.
2. Document Requirements
Specific requirements should be defined in each of the areas mentioned previously. One of the key factors in finding the right Learning Management System for an organization is matching a Learning Management System to requirements, not the other way around.