Learning Management System Software
Growing companies need to train their employees more efficiently than ever before. LMS software has changed the way companies onboard employees and maintain ongoing training. Learning management system software, like Lessonly, is a software used to help companies distribute and measure efficient learning throughout a company. Learning management systems may also be considered learning content management systems. Both do the same thing, but at one point in time, a traditional LMS (SCORM-compliant) did not make the content. Now, it’s easy to notice that most LMSs are LCMSs. That is, they are one and the same; modern LMSs allow content to be created straight on the platform.
Learning management system software has become a huge logistical player in corporate eLearning. Entire HR departments are built with teams intended to efficiently onboard and train new employees. Customer service teams and sales teams use learning software to manage clients and stay up to date on best practices. The internet has changed the learning experience. It’s become faster, with fewer resources used up. With that said, without using the right software, learning administers can get caught up in the workings of the software as opposed to the learning abilities of staff. Learning management system software can be very complex, but because software is always improving, the best LMS software now eliminates that complexity so that teachers can teach and learners can learn.
We’re going to talk about three types of learning management systems: web-based, SCORM-compliant, open-source learning management systems. These three systems aren’t necessarily separate entities but have outstanding factors that differentiate one from others.
Web-Based Learning Management System
This is exactly what it seems. Instead of having to hardwire the LMS software to each computer, you can access the software from any computer. The software takes the form of a platform LMS. Learning management system information is stored on the platform for users to simply log in with credentials to access. A hosted learning management system means that the company you chose for your LMS software will host the LMS on their servers. Today, most LMSs are web-based, but the best ones tend to be licensed as well, i.e., you don’t have to pay to house your own server space or the team to maintain it, the software is always being improved for its users, and there’s a customer experience team ready to answer any questions.
SCORM Learning Management System
SCORM stands for Sharable Content Reference Model. When LMSs were created, content needed a format that would comply with the LMS, thus, SCORM came into existence. Now that LMSs have been modernized and are always improving with progressing technology, SCORM isn’t really necessary anymore. Companies that still use SCORM LMS software likely don’t know of a better learning management system or feel that they’re in too deep to change. The use of a SCORM LMS today is likely by older companies that haven’t made the switch to a more modern LMS.
A SCORM-compliant LMS has three parts: the content, the SCORM, and the LMS. Content created outside the LMS is to be SCORM-compliant so that the LMS can read it. SCORM is a technical standard that helps developers write the code so that content and LMS become cohesive.
Open Source Learning Management System
An open source LMS can be web-based and SCORM-compliant and even free. However, open source means that the framework of the software is given to you, a lot of the times for free, but then you have to obtain and manage the assets to support it. That is, you’d have to host it yourself and hire a team of developers to customize, maintain, and develop the LMS. This becomes costly, and if you’re part of a growing business, there’s a likelihood that you don’t have time to take on the implementation of a large system like this.
With an open source training software, you’re likely to run into some usability issues. Many functions feel restrictive and there’s a common lack of features compared to supported, web-based software. Essentially, you’re creating the online course software. Open source LMSs are best to customize and implement with time on your side. You don’t want your learners to feel led through something clunky. They won’t take the process seriously, and in turn, they won’t learn.
In a learning management system, open-source framework is not the best choice when immediacy is a deciding factor. In turn, if it’s a free open source LMS, you could end up spending quite a lot of money as your business grows. Altering the software and hiring the team to maintain and handle customer support will easily put you in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.