e-learning platform: what does an LMS require to be efficient?
13 June, 2011
e-learning training platforms are becoming increasingly comprehensive tools, though some tend towards bloatware. When choosing an LMS, it is therefore necessary to consider what its intended purpose is before selecting a publisher.
What are the key features of an e-learning platform?
It is always a good thing to go back to the fundamentals and consequently to consider the factors that gave rise to remote training platforms. The purpose of an LMS can be summarised in three points:
- distribute e-learning content while managing access rights
- track trainees via SCORM or AICC standards
- allow the organisation of asynchronous or synchronous tutoring
The efficiency of an LMS is thus focused on these three aspects. These will be systematically implemented in your LMS.
The go-to HR software
Certain LMSs are first and foremost components of an HRIS with a much broader functional scope, including recruitment management, payroll, skill management, etc. It is therefore important to determine whether you are looking for a one-stop product, or if you wish to dissociate your HRIS from your e-learning portal. Both of these solutions have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Integrated solutions, however, are not really up to standards with respect to certain expected features. Demands are necessarily higher for a specialist than for a generalist.