Learning management systems (LMS) are a great way to keep your staff well-trained and up-to-date on the latest best practices. But, if you have a system that isn’t ideal, it can’t do that job. Not sure if it’s time to switch your LMS? Be on the looking for these…
Top 5 Signs It’s Time to Switch Your LMS
1. You’re using an LMS that is not mobile-compatible
If you have an LMS that was designed exclusively for desktop computers, you are not giving your learners the tools they need to effectively complete their training. Two out of three Americans own smartphones. When you look specifically at Millennials, that number jumps higher than 8 out of 10.
By giving users access to your LMS from their phones, you allow them to engage with your courses in the environment that they like best at the times of their choosing. People can look at lessons during their public transit commute, during breaks from work or at their desks, etc.
2. Your old system is hard to navigate
Is it difficult to move from lesson to lesson in your old LMS? Do administrators have a difficult time creating lessons, enrolling users or creating certificates?
The more time people spend wrestling with the LMS, the less time they spend actually learning. And, the less enthusiastic they will be about the materials once they are in a lesson.
A quality LMS should be intuitive. Any new user should be able to sit down and move from lesson to lesson with ease. And, instructors and administrators should be able to add and edit the LMS without difficulty.
3. Your users don’t like the interface
It’s safe to assume that if the people who are using your LMS don’t like using it, they are less likely to engage with it. This means users may not be as well-trained and you might be wasting money on a product that doesn’t give you that desired return on investment.
Up-to-date LMS products should have a clean and attractive interface that makes users happier to engage with your courses. In doing so, you can make it more likely that they will dig into the latest courses and fully engage with the material.
4. You can’t get valuable insights and analytics
Can your LMS tell you how long individual users spent on courses? Is it easy to see engagement and test scores of learners as a group? Feedback from individual users can help you create better systems. But, you also need to be able to easily see measurable data to help you improve your courses.
Your LMS should be able to show you, at a glance, information about user engagement, progress and success. This can tell you a lot about which courses are working effectively and which might need to be improved to serve your users better.
Plus, quality data about how your users are doing can allow you to share your results easily with management and justify learning costs.
5. Your LMS can’t integrate with other systems
One of the great benefits to having an LMS is the ability to integrate with many systems you are already using. At least, that’s the way it should be.
If your organization has an HRIS (human resource information system) or an HRMS (human resources management system) then being able to integrate that with your LMS is crucial.
Likewise, being able to integrate with CRM systems such as Salesforce to keep track of your users and what they have purchased from an e-commerce standpoint is also beneficial.
Make sure your LMS can integrate with different systems and lighten your workload as opposed to adding to it.
By giving your users access to all of these tools and features, you make your LMS far more valuable to them and in return you have a greater opportunity to get repeat buyers and/or a better trained workforce. If your current system isn’t providing these must-haves then it might be time to switch your LMS.
Can you think of any other big signs that LMS clients should be on the lookout for? We’d love to hear them below!