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Never Judge a Book, or an LMS, By its Cover

October 26 2015 | (0) Comments

Online LearningCraig Weiss, an e-learning analyst and consultant recently published a blog post titled:   LMS Do and Don’ts – Isn’t it time to do what’s right? Not only does the blog post provide insight as to what one should consider when choosing an LMS, it also helps to identify potential misconceptions that can exist thanks to LMS vendor marketing spin.   The essence of the blog post, to semi-quote an old cliche, is “Never judge an LMS by its cover.”   There’s much more to consider beyond branding, and one should keep an open mind when researching the best solution.

From vendor longevity in the industry to user interface, customization fees and service, each possible solution should be reviewed in its entirety.  For example, a vendor that entered into the marketplace several years ago may be just as adept as a vendor that entered ten years ago, so you shouldn’t assume that they’re not.     Another example is appearance, referred to in the section of the blog post called “Beauty and the Beast.” An LMS may not have a slick appearance and user interface, in fact, it may look a little dated, but if you spend some time digging deeper into the system’s features and functionality, you may come to find that it operates better than the slickest of slick looking LMSs out there.   So never judge an LMS by its cover. If you assume that an LMS fits your needs based solely on its looks, you may soon discover that you were wrong.

Before you begin to worry about vendor marketing spin, vendor experience, LMS service and support or user interface, it’s important to know exactly what you’re trying to achieve with your learning management system in the first place.   Planning and preparation is extremely important when considering an LMS.   Luckily, if you’re new to LMSs, there is a plethora of information available on the Internet for selecting an LMS. According to the article, Get Real About Selecting an LMS, “organizations often fail to define what they need their new learning management system to do before buying it, leading to dissatisfaction with the vendor and additional customization costs after the purchase.”

The moral of this blog post the more organized and prepared you are in advance, the easier your choice becomes.and remember, “Never judge an LMS by its cover!”

Susan Distasio | eLearning Industry Crusader | ePath Learning, Inc.

SuzieD-4About the Author:  Susan Distasio is an eLearning Industry Crusader focused on advocating for advancement and change in the eLearning and professional development industry.  An avid seeker of knowledge and continuous improvement, Susan is happy to share her research, observations and thoughts regarding “all things related to learning and development.”  When she’s not out on the learning crusade, Susan can be found with the wind in her hair riding her Harley or simply enjoying life with her husband, Steve, and her Siamese cat, Elvis, and with family and friends.