Corporate learning management system provides a platform for an organization’s online learning environment by enabling the management, delivery and tracking of blended learning for employees, stakeholders and even, customers. Modern corporate learning management system, also works as a learning content management system in the organization and aggregate all learning material within one common platform.
From an operational point of view, the LMS and its key components namely content management, user administration and system administration should completely Web-deployable, requiring no additional client applications. As with any enterprise application, the more a software is customized, the harder it is to maintain, upgrade and expand. In the past, a lot of companies over-engineered their e-learning solutions, spending a lot of money on consulting and customizing their applications. Because of changing business needs, educational goals and targets changed and organizations were stuck with legacy solutions with limited flexibility and scale.
Thus, it is important to evaluate learning management systems thoroughly before investing in the new system as most LMS system entail a lot of investments.
• LMS must be available to learners at all times and robust enough to handle concurrent traffic from learners, administrators, content builders and instructors simultaneously. It should provide a platform for learning – as per needs of end-users.
• Scalability: LMS infrastructure should be flexible and be able to meet future growth, both in terms of volume of hosted content and number of learners.
• Usability: LMS should also have different options for usability to provide personalized learning. It should also be easy-to-use and highly intuitive.
• Interoperability: To support content from different sources and multiple vendors' hardware/software solutions, the LMS should be based on open industry standards for Web deployments (XML, SOAP or AQ) and support major learning standards (AICC, SCORM, IMS and IEEE).
• Stability: LMS infrastructure can reliably and effectively manage a large enterprise implementation running 24x7.
• Security: As with any outward-facing collaborative solution, the LMS can selectively limit and control access to online content, resources and back-end functions, both internally and externally, for its diverse user community.
• Assessments systems: An assessment engine with built-in testing and evaluation capabilities is critical to monitoring, tracking and rating e-learning initiatives. The system should support time limits for self-administered tests, limit the number of attempts allowed and impose a time delay between attempts. By tracking the learning process, learning officers and management can evaluate the effectiveness of the courses and accurately gauge the knowledge and skill levels of their workforce.
To choose the right corporate learning managementsystem it is important to map the company's technical capabilities and needs. There is no one-size-fits-all LMS solution, and learning management system vendors usually have different licensing options to choose from. Ultimately, it is the organization’s decision whether or not to have the enabling infrastructure hosted or installed. Equally important, once they make a choice, e LMS vendor should provide the flexibility to e-work it over time. As e-learning needs change and grow, organizations do not want to be locked into what originally fit. The LMS should be able to scale and support new and emerging learning modes, technologies and tools.
Source and suggested further reading: Assessing Learning Management Systems by John Hall