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Select The High LMS For eLearning Course Creation

September 2, 2020
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Find the ideal LMS for online course creation

The type of LMS you choose for your business depends on many different factors. How big is the role of online training? Is your LMS primarily an online course development tool, or do its other features outweigh eLearning? How much can you afford to spend ... and how much would you like? What time do you have to develop eLearning courses, are you going to create them from scratch, or do you want eLearning templates? Are there certain options that you cannot do without, such as: B. Translation tools or brand palettes? Let's examine 5 criteria you should consider when choosing the ideal LMS for creating eLearning courses.

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1. Look at the online course structure

Creating an online course is a huge challenge. You may not be sure how to proceed. But you have a rough idea. For example, you may know that some of your employees work in remote locations. Or, you may want to include videos of the CEO to help create a sense of community. When purchasing an LMS, make sure it has the design tools you need to generate this type of content. Videos and audio clips can be recorded on your smartphone, but your LMS requires editing tools. To accommodate your external employees, mobile tweaks or built-in mobile apps may be required. These are intended for both everyday use and certain online courses.

2. Contact your L&D experts

Your learning and development teams work directly with your LMS. They create online courses, teach colleagues how to use them, provide technical support, and evaluate staff progress. You should therefore play a major role in your purchase decision for LMS. Spend some time with them and find out what e-learning development skills they have. What programming language do you know? What characteristics do you consider must-haves? What do you think of the "tricky" USPs advertised by software vendors? You have a clearer idea of ​​which sparkling features offer value and which are meaningless buzzwords. You should even encourage them to plan their daily work practices to see how they are using the learning management system and what tasks they are performing.

3. Create an online training storyboard

Your content developers already have an idea of ​​what they want to do with the LMS. But if you really want value for money then you should drill down. Have them create an online course map, table of contents, or sketch a wireframe. At a glance, you can see the exact functions required to complete each unit and chapter. For example, let's say your online training storyboard has a billing chapter. This shows you that the LMS requires an automated, integrated billing device. An offer generator may also be needed. Both require online training templates so that employee trainees can practice using various documentation formats. Or say your online course includes group work and common assignments. The LMS needs a real-time feedback tool to enable simultaneous simulation.

4. Spend some time with your LMS

No LMS worth its salt excludes free trials. So, if you can't mess around with it for at least a few days before purchasing it, then you should reconsider your decision. Most LMS platforms - and individual courses too - allow a week, maybe even a month, to run dry. During this period, evaluate the eLearning course thoroughly from various points of view. Review user experience, tools and features, scalability and budget friendliness. This doesn't just cover the price. Calculate expenses like licensing, subscription, customization, external add-ons, and upgrades.

You should also measure the fees per user against the flat fees and see what makes more sense for your business. Another option is to sign up for a free demo. Some providers offer pre-recorded demos to walk you through the features of the online training tool. While others send one of their staff to demonstrate the online training tool so you can see the eLearning course creation features in action.

5. Perform a background check

The people selling your LMS software may not seem like an essential spoke in your shopping wheel. But remember, their reputation rubs off on the product. Check out other software they make and what their industry peers think of them. If they have any awards or recommendations, rate them to see if they are helpful. A testimonial about the user-friendly translation options is irrelevant if you only need it in English.

A Best Aesthetic Award may not matter if you need a mobile component and the LMS doesn't have one. Get in touch with your previous customers and ask questions from a checklist of must-haves and absolute emergencies. You can also search for reviews and ratings online to see what previous users thought of the product. The most effective way to choose the best LMS before creating online courses is to learn from others' experiences.

Unfortunately, purchasing agents can focus on the wrong aspects when purchasing an LMS. You could overemphasize budget and appearance over practical tools. So how can you make the right choice? Think about what type of online course you will need and what tools will be required to develop it. Your L&D team is best placed to guide you. Find their input and take it to heart. Create an online training storyboard to identify the eLearning course creation tools your LMS requires. Take a deep dive into the free trial version and explore all areas of the LMS. Finally, check your vendors' credentials: awards they've won, past customers, and LMS expertise. And research online reviews to get an insider's POV.

Do you want to create profitable online courses? Are you trying to cut costs and develop tailor-made online training for your employees? Our eBook Affordable & Custom Made: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Online Courses with Limited Resources can help you choose the best tools for the task and create an accurate budget. It also provides tips on developing online training on a tight timeline and design principles that need to be considered.

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