Do you need an LMS?

Learning management systems – or LMS – have been core to the e-learning industry since the 1990s. But L&D is shifting. Employees are taking control of their own learning needs. And because of this, the LMS is no longer the center of learning.

By Videhi Bhamidi on Nov 19th

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Today’s learning world is a collection of different learning tools such as curation systems, content management systems, collaboration tools, and social learning platforms, all of which complement the LMS and create a true learning experience for employees.

But with this new “ecosystem” of tools, do you still need an LMS?

Ultimately, it depends on your organization, your learners, and what you’re trying to achieve. But we’ll do our best to give you some guidance. So, let’s analyze two scenarios and some use cases where L&D teams feel the need for an LMS: 

Scenario 1: You are new to e-learning and need an LMS to…

Your use case:Our advice:
Manage my compliance and mandatory training activitiesYes, that’s what an LMS promises to do. However, authoring tools with LRS abilities and LMS-Lites can also achieve this “tracking, tracing, reporting” trio.
Create e-learning coursesLMS aren’t ideal for creating e-learning. Opt for a separate authoring tool.
Host learning content for my employeesThis is what the LMS was designed for, but there are other options available. An LXP will give you a more interactive, user-friendly experience, while an LMS-Lite is a cost-effective solution.
Manage learner enrolment and program managementAn LMS is ideal for this.
Sell coursesGo for an LMS!

 

Scenario 2: You already have an LMS and want to replace it to…

Your use case:Our advice:
Implement blended learningYou can’t implement blended learning with an LMS alone, you’ll need other tools, such as authoring tools and analytics.
Host performance support resources in the workflowLMS are designed for L&D-driven courses rather than performance support resources. A dedicated performance support system would be more suitable.
Issue certificates to learnersAn LMS is definitely more than capable, but there are also simpler and more cost-effective solutions that can do this, like an LMS-Lite.
Host social learningMany LMS have social learning features, as do LXPs. But you need to be clear on what you want to achieve with social learning before you choose a tool just for this feature.
To be a one-stop-shop of all things learningAn LMS can be this, but with changing learning needs an LXP is a better tool for this.
Complement other learning systemsThis is definitely something an LMS can do.

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About the author

Videhi Bhamidi is a Learning Product Consultant at Easygenerator. With over 15 years of experience in e-learning, user-experience research, and thought-leadership projects, she is a regular contributor to L&D magazines. She is an Oxford alumnus and strives to fuse design, research, technology, and didactics in her solutions.

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