E‑learning: how to choose your LMS platform?

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E‑learning: how to choose your LMS platform?

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LMS (Lear­ning Machine Sys­tem) are more and more popu­lar among com­pa­nies who want to train their employees. Howe­ver, there are so many e‑learning plat­forms that it is some­times dif­fi­cult to make a choice. Although some com­pa­ri­sons are avai­lable on the inter­net, this is not always enough to make the right deci­sion. In this article, we pro­pose you to dis­co­ver how to choose your LMS (Lear­ning Mana­ge­ment Sys­tem) plat­form thanks to some pre­cious advices.

What is an LMS platform?

The LMS plat­form is a dis­tance lear­ning plat­form. On the web, you can find other names such as e‑learning plat­form or e‑learning plat­form. This digi­tal trai­ning plat­form is a soft­ware that hosts peda­go­gi­cal content and allows to deploy and manage dis­tance lear­ning for trai­ning cen­ters and com­pa­nies. Thanks to all the resources uploa­ded direct­ly on the plat­form, they are then easi­ly acces­sible for all the people who wish to learn at a dis­tance. The LMS plat­form is often com­pa­red to a kind of ware­house that allows to store and track information.

The different types of LMS? platforms

The LMS plat­form can be pre­sen­ted in dif­ferent forms:

  • The SaaS mode is the most com­mon today and most plat­forms are mar­ke­ted in the cloud as a sub­scrip­tion. No need for ins­tal­la­tion or tech­ni­cal ope­ra­tion on your part, just ini­tial confi­gu­ra­tion and cus­to­mi­za­tion. All data is sto­red in the cloud.
  • The “On Pre­mise” mode, or hos­ted on your ser­ver, still exists even if it becomes mar­gi­nal. The inter­est depends of course on your abi­li­ty to manage the tech­ni­cal aspects of the ser­vice (ins­tal­la­tion, hos­ting, updates, secu­ri­ty, backup, main­te­nance in ope­ra­tio­nal conditions …).

What are the criteria to take into account when choosing an LMS platform?

Cer­tain cri­te­ria must be taken into account in order to choose the right LMS plat­form. First of all, you need to take stock of your cur­rent and future needs in terms of e‑learning. Also ask your­self how com­plex the plat­form is. For example, if you need to manage mul­tiple for­mats, this may be an impor­tant selec­tion cri­te­rion. In short, to choose your LMS plat­form, you should ask your­self the fol­lo­wing questions:

  • What is my budget?
  • What are my digi­tal lear­ning needs: blen­ded lear­ning, social lear­ning, MOOC, Adap­tive Learning?
  • What type of hos­ting do you pre­fer? SaaS or local?
  • What e‑learning stan­dards do you need? SCORM, Tin­Can, xAPI etc.?
  • Do you need your LMS to inte­grate with other plat­forms (your direc­to­ry, your HRIS, exis­ting content cata­logs, etc.)
  • Does the plat­form have func­tio­na­li­ty to gami­fy learning?
  • Does the plat­form offer a native mobile application?

The advantages of Thaleia, authoring software for e‑learning

In addi­tion to the mana­ge­ment needs met by the LMS plat­form, your needs may also include the abi­li­ty to create your own trai­ning courses, in com­plete auto­no­my. This is cal­led “autho­ring tool”.

With Tha­leia, crea­ting an e‑learning module has never been so easy! Indeed, Tha­leia allows you to create your trai­ning modules without any tech­ni­cal know­ledge, because the crea­tion is done from a simple Excel file. You also have the pos­si­bi­li­ty to manage a screen data­base and to gene­rate your module auto­ma­ti­cal­ly. The hand­ling is imme­diate and very simple. Moreo­ver, you can fol­low the acti­vi­ty of each lear­ner, in a total­ly indi­vi­dual way. We offer 2 weeks of free tes­ting with Tha­leia, take advan­tage of it.

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