Tag: LMS selection process

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I Need an LMS. Where Do I Start?

If you’re just starting the process of selecting and implementing a new LMS, the process can feel a little overwhelming. This is especially true for organizations who don’t currently have an LMS and are starting completely from scratch. In those circumstances, I often see organizations struggle to even identify what questions they should be asking. They “don’t know what they don’t know.” Unfortunately, failing to sufficiently analyze your needs and identify your use cases can result in a very expensive and time-consuming mistake. After all, the process often takes a year or more, and the systems themselves can be quite costly.

Figure holding question mark in middle of maze

Process Overview and Needs Analysis

Use these resources to get an overview of the LMS selection process and help identify what questions you should be asking.

Several years ago, the team I worked with presented on our process for selecting and implementing an LMS. It may be easier to read the text in full screen view. (If you’re reading this post in email or in a feed reader, you may need to view the presentation on Slideshare.)

LMS Options

After you read the articles above and have made good progress on your needs analysis, you can start narrowing down the list of choices. With over 700 LMSs on the market, you have to start narrowing down the list quickly.

 Change Management

Don’t forget change management! You can run into a surprising amount of resistance to an LMS; it can mean big changes in how people work and learn. I gave a presentation on “Why an LMS” for one client as part of their change management plan. (As before, email and RSS readers may want to view this on Slideshare.)

 Your Questions?

Like many of my blog posts, this one started as the answer to a question I’d heard from several people. I love great questions, so ask me yours in the comments.

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