Learning Management Systems are a great way to manage data, coursework, and administrative information for both schools and businesses. When making the leap to implement a Learning Management System into your organization, however, there are many aspects of the programs to consider before making any decisions.
One of the first decisions to make is whether you want to take advantage of some of the free frameworks available or want to purchase a software program to use for your database. There are obvious monetary benefits to the free options but these simpler programs may end up costing you time and hassle in the long run because of the limited tools and support that come for free. Before making a final decision about whether you will go with a free or purchased program, though, the following decisions are worth thought since they may impact the final choice.
Unless you are a new organization with little technology and applications already in use the idea of integration of existing applications and programs such as email, corporate calendars, social media, and employee databases may be extremely important considerations. Depending on how Learning Management Systems are written their ability to integrate with these programs will differ.
If you are looking to utilize your Learning Management System for training or course delivery purposes then looking at how you will develop and store course material is an important factor. Authoring tools that allow you to create course content directly into the Learning Management System is not a given. Some programs will only allow for a shared use of third-party coursework and not original work specific to your organization.
Another consideration when shopping for Learning Management Systems is whether you will need flexibility in the scale of your framework. If you are looking to expand your business or school enrollment in the future then you may want to keep the door for expansion open. One way to make this an easier task is to choose a program that can be housed on the vendor’s network instead of your organization’s own server. By “renting” cloud space from the company you purchase from you are keeping your ability to add or delete space without the hassle of upgrading your own network.