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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, an 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.

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Learning Management System Comparison

The most pertinent part of choosing the best LMS system for your company is knowing exactly what features and functions you need from an LMS. Learning management system, open-source, SCORM-compliant, or licensed, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know what’s best for your business. Sit down with some of your team members and learners, and write out the learning management system features and functionality you want from an LMS software.

By searching for or creating your own comparison of learning management system companies, you can gather information to make the best decision. LMS reviews that compare learning management systems can be found online at sites like G2Crowd and Software Advice. The sole purpose of these sites is to supply sufficient information about software for the benefit of customer discovery.

When looking at these sites, be able to differentiate between the best learning management systems and a popular LMS. Hopefully, the two can be one, but sometimes that’s not the case. If you’re looking for quick, efficient elearning on an admin and learner-friendly platform, you’re likely to go with a licensed learning software-as-a-service. If you don’t have a small team and simply need to host a few courses, a free learning management system might be right for you. Keep in mind, that as you grow, a free LMS will require money and resources to build upon.

Learning management system software reviews display features, functions, testimonials, ratings, and even some demos for people searching for software. Use your needs list to check off boxes of the LMSs you find fitting. Likely, you’re going to discover more features and functionality than you need from any software. In that case, think about the growth in your company and add to the list the features and functions you’ll need in the future. Then, use the testimonials to search for similar situations. Some testimonials provide insight on things to come and go within the development of software.

When searching for reviews, note if the software has a demo. With a demo, you can try the software out for yourself. This is a great option if you’re at a standstill between two or three choices. No one learns anything quite better than experiencing it first-hand. When it comes to learning within a business, having a great product from the administrative and learner end will prove its worth in efficiency.

Lastly, contact the companies with the software choice you think you’ve decided on. This may be the last step for you in searching, but this all depends on communication. For example, if the sales rep you’re in contact with doesn’t manage your time well or acutely answers your questions, it may feel a bit foreboding to your service from that company in the future. At Lessonly, we believe that communication is key. From the first contact with a sales representative to sticking by a client’s side when technical trouble arrives, we make sure our service is just like our eLearning software: seamless.

Learning with Lessonly

Lessonly learning software is not a traditional learning content management system. We’ve taken the traditional elearning paradigm and shifted it. With Lessonly, you don’t get overwhelmed by managing the cogs and gears of an LMS. You get an LMS that works for you. And if you run into a problem, we’ll fix it for you. That’s the point of being a software-as-a-service company.

Lessonly is a supported, licensed software with the purpose of maximizing the learning experience for users. We are not SCORM-compliant, meaning there is no need to create or code content to be agreeable to Lessonly. Corporate learning should not be done with careless effort. Now, more than ever, it’s become a big factor in the foundation of company success. Lessonly help clients understand the importance of learning and how efficiently it can be done with the right tools — one of which, is our own.

Lessonly as an Administrator

The Lessonly administrator is the person in charge of learning throughout an organization. This person has complete control over role assignment and learner access. With the Lessonly Plus package or greater, the administrator can assign manager, creator, and learner roles to whoever they choose. Organizing Lessons and courses is simple. Your courses are all organized on a dashboard. You can search for a course in the search bar and click it to see all the lessons in that course.

A manager is someone who has control over a group of learners. They can assign courses and lessons, but only to their group. This is helpful to large organizations that want to train closely. For example, instead of someone in HR training, someone in Sales, the Director of Sales can use Lessonly to assign specific lessons to the learner. Lessons created by the director are likely to be more concise than the broader information provided by someone not closely connected to the company’s sales values and mission. This allows for closer observance with ongoing training as well. Keeping all staff on the same page is necessary for progress and innovation to happen more quickly.

With Lessonly’s tracking feature, administrators and managers can keep tabs on each individual learner. You’ll know when and why a learner is struggling, and then be able to assist that single person as opposed to having to re-teach an entire group. Managers can include quiz questions and open-ended questions. These questions can give you ideas on how to improve your processes as well as raise red flags. For instance, if you’re noticing that every learner got a certain question wrong in your lesson, then you know a few things: the correct answer was mis-assigned, the learners have no idea what you’re talking about, or you need to review the topic. If it’s the latter, consider creating a lesson to elaborate on the missed answer.

As a creator in Lessonly, you can take the monotony out of learning. Lessonly supports rich media like photos, videos, .GIFs, and presentations — no SCORM necessary. You can also add content right onto the learning management platform, allowing you to focus on creating informative, engaging, and entertaining content.

Lessonly as a Learner

Lessonly learners can take lessons at their convenience before a deadline. We’re not kidding. Let your learners learn in their best environment. Lessonly works anywhere there’s internet access on laptops, smartphones, or tablets. If your learners learn best in a coffee shop, let them.

Learners can access previous lessons by simply logging in. No longer to they have to sift through a drawer to find and reference the rusty ol’ style guide. No longer do learners have nod off when taking annual training. With Lessonly, learning doesn’t feel like a scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Elearning can make onboarding and ongoing training incomparable to the context without it. It makes learning faster within an organization, therefore allowing employees to act on their knowledge, coach peers instead of having to train them, and push forward toward departmental and company goals. Even though elearning software plays a big role in company learning, it takes staff passionate about delivering great learning content and learners to embrace that content. Lessonly just makes that easy. If you’re ready to get started, take a look at this preview of Lessonly.