When you are choosing an LMS or administrative system for your media training initiatives, flexibility is the key to the right choice. Ease of use is just as critical to its design as are power and responsiveness.

Hopefully, the choice you make will have a facility-specific customization feature which will allow you, among other uses, to inventory skills procedures that are unique to some of your workers preparing to retire. You can then have an information inventory of those critical skills that have contributed to your organization for decades — keeping that unique information from being lost.

The choice you make should have a powerful record-keeping system that enables administrators and instructors to install courseware, retrieve test scores, and data, while tracking the trainees’ progress.

It should have a capability to expand in order to meet your on-going needs.

And, of course, if you are moving to e-Learning solutions, a SCORM-compliant LMS is an absolute must.

Whatever you do, be certain to check out these feature-comparisons as well as price. The LMS choices in the market today sell for a wide variety of price-points. Know what you and your organization want to do with your LMS before you start shopping. Chances are that you will not need all the bells and whistles available in some LMS’s.

And, finally, be cautious about any LMS that requires you to hire an additional person(s) just to manage their proprietary LMS technology.

You’re going to have plenty of good choices. Pay only for what you need. There is no reason to add cost for those nice-to-have features that will only have very limited use.

More tomorrow – – – – –

— Bill Walton, Founder of ITC Learning