Tip #1 - Content is Key to LMS Success
Many organizations approach purchasing an LMS as the silver bullet for solving all of their training issues. When in reality, finding the right LMS is only half the battle. Your organization can buy the sleekest, most user friendly LMS in the world but if you don’t have a strategy for offering your content to learners, it is going to fall flat. Here are a couple of handy exercises to help you determine what learning content you have and how it will fit into the new LMS:
- On a cloud drive or shared network drive, create a folder for your learning content. This will be a collection of files and data. And then in that folder, make a new folder for each course you plan on hosting on the LMS, then within each of those folders, make a folder for each lesson or module that is part of that course. Now sort all of the PDFs, videos, SCORM modules, Powerpoints, etc. that you have into the appropriate folders. This will help you to organize all of your content and will give you an idea of what areas you may be lacking in. It also helps in building a scope and sequence for your courses and makes it very easy to migrate the data to a new learning platform once one is chosen.
- Now that you know what learning content and media assets you have, are there any that are out of date or of low quality? Now is the time to refresh that material so you start off on a good footing with the new LMS. Odds are, your organization isn’t going to choose an LMS in a single day so this exercise will give you or your team something to do while you’re waiting for everyone to cross the t’s and dot the i’s.
- Covid-19 has forced a lot of training that was once done in person to move to an online elearning format. Do you have in-person training that you will be converting to online as well? Take time to make sure that activities that worked for in-person training are a good fit for the online environment and adapt them as needed. Not all training translates well online and having training that is a good fit for your platform and audience will lead to higher success and adoption rates.
- Do you use a content vendor for your training needs? If so, does that vendor license content that is compatible with the LMS you are considering?
You wouldn’t go to a restaurant only because they have nice plates and silverware, you go for the food. And if the food isn’t any good, odds are you won’t go back. The same analogy is true for learning management systems. If your learners don’t enjoy or benefit from the content your learning platform is offering, they won’t be visiting it very often. Which leads us to the next point...