What features must a good LMS have?
Well, that depends on your training needs and goals.
For instance, a franchise business like Domino’s Pizza would have a different LMS from a learning institution.
Domino’s Pizza needs an LMS that:
- Enables them to create formally recognized courses
- Tracks legal compliance
- Monitors in-location training
- Assesses employees on their understanding of a specific module
- Allows for employee feedback
Fortunately for Dominos Pizza, they’ve found a solution that does more than learning management.
“World Manager offered Domino’s Pizza a unique opportunity to consolidate all of our Human Resource systems in one easy-to-use communication platform matching our overall strategic direction. We’re able to gain easy access to company statistics, create online training courses, schedule face-to-face training, and formally recognized courses as well as communicate information to all of our employees at the same time.” – Alina Press, National People Development Manager, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited
So, what training needs do you have? What form will your training take? Will your training requirements change soon?
Over and above these questions, give special consideration to these features if you’re in the market for an LMS.
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1. A Good LMS is User-Friendly
According to a recent report, half of the American companies want to change their LMS.
86% of respondents in a study conducted by Brandon Hall complained of a complicated user interface.
How do you ensure that your employees and administrators have a positive experience when using your LMS?
First, look at the LMS from the administrator’s perspective. Is the admin section well-structured?
No administrator wants to spend too much time and energy developing content or enrolling users.
Second, consider the learner’s point of view. Employees must be able to find content, tests and other learning components easily.
To evaluate whether an LMS is user-friendly, check its loading speeds, mobile compatibility and user interface.
The LMS Must-Have Fast Loading Speeds
53% of site users expect a site to load in three seconds or less according to a 2017 research by Google.
You must ensure your LMS pages load fast if you want employees to stay on course.
Additionally, a good LMS must be easy to deploy and customize according to your training prerequisites.
Employees should be able to go live after they sign up. They must be able to access the course regardless of their device or location.
A great way to test LMS loading speeds is through Google Chrome Developer Tools.
It can also help you debug your course landing pages so your LMS loads faster. Customize your landing pages here.
Choose an LMS like World Manager, whose loading speeds are closely monitored by a team of expert cloud administrators.
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The LMS Is Mobile Compatible
To determine how mobile compatible your LMS needs to be, you must look into your employees’ mobility patterns.
What does their workday look like? Do they have long commutes from home to work and vice versa? What mobile devices do they use on the go?
This enables you to build an LMS that adjusts to different screen sizes, which has come to be known as responsive design.
And that’s not even the half of it!
Mobile-first Learning Management Systems must be interactive with features such as gaming, videos, quizzes, discussion boards, and live chat.
They deliver training in short segments, allowing employees to learn at their own pace, thereby boosting knowledge retention.
Get an LMS that provides a uniform learning experience for both desktop and mobile users.
The LMS Has an Attractive User Interface
The dashboard, buttons, menus, search bars and other components enable learners to interact with an LMS.
For effective learning, an LMS must have an intuitive dashboard and streamlined navigation for both administrators and trainees.
Administrators must be able to customize the interface according to your corporate culture, brand colors, logo and company language.
Using consistent color and design will highlight sections with similar themes.
Since there’ll be little graphical interference, employees will quickly understand the LMS layout from the get-go.
A visually appealing user interface reduces learner frustration and increases engagement.
2. A Good LMS Has Customizable Reporting
A good LMS must deliver real-time reports on learner engagement and completion.
Specifically, it should:
- Track an employee’s progress through a learning path
- Show which modules specific learners have completed
- Track exam performance and ensure the accuracy of tests delivered by your LMS
- Alert you on employee milestones every time the LMS acknowledges their achievements
Select an LMS that provides real-time reporting, customized for your business needs.
With real-time reporting, you can analyze your training initiatives and make necessary interventions to enhance the learning experience.
Your LMS must generate a learner engagement report so you can understand how your employees are interacting with the course.
This report should identify which modules are completed on time and those that aren’t.
It should indicate whether learners take the course in order or skip some topics.
It should show when a learner began the course and when they completed it.
You can ensure that employees complete a course in a timely fashion by gently nudging those who are falling behind.
You have to ensure your LMS tracks course completion rates.
Unfortunately, most Learning Management Systems solely focus their reporting on training.
However, World Manager gives an account of other features of employee management, such as operations, performance reviews, and training compliance.
This data is distilled into meaningful graphs and exported to Excel for further analysis.
“This sophisticated yet simple program has given us the ability to create a learning path for all our employees, regardless of their computer literacy skills or location. We have gained the ability to track learning through all levels of the business instantaneously and capture data that is meaningful, relevant and up-to-date.” – Constance Kipri, National Training Manager at Barbecues Galore on World Manager Training Suite.
3. A Good LMS Has Seamless Integration
If you want to know the return on investment of your learning efforts, you must integrate your LMS with other applications used in your business.
An LMS that easily integrates with your HRIS (Human Resource Information System) allows you to see correlations between your training, promotion and employee retention.
Integrating your HRIS and LMS prevents dual data entry, which in turn lowers the potential for errors.
Employees’ personal information, training progress, and course completion will not have to be keyed in twice.
This data can help your managers with succession planning. It can give you enhanced reports from your employees so you can offer personalized training.
You can integrate your CRM (Customer Relationship Management) with your LMS to tap into your client data.
If your LMS targets partners, vendors, and customers, integration allows you to monitor the impact of your training.
You can also turn this valuable customer data from your LMS into business leads.
An important integration in modern Learning Management Systems is the single sign-on system.
An LMS holds personal employee data as well as valuable learning content not meant to be seen by outsiders.
Single sign-on keeps your data secure from nosy hackers.
You don’t have to store passwords in your database because the single sign-on system allows trusted, third-party sites like Google or Microsoft to verify users.
LMS users don’t have to memorize passwords to log into the system. They’re automatically signed into the LMS any time they need to access the course.
An LMS with integration capabilities keeps your data safe and increases learner uptake and retention.
Part of evaluating an LMS should be researching online ratings and trying out the platform yourself.
A credible LMS vendor will offer you a demo so that you can test its for usability.
It’s advisable to test the LMS with the typical learners and administrators in your organization so you can tell whether it will fulfill your training goals.
Whatever your training endgame may be, don’t forget to make user-friendliness, customizable reporting, and seamless integration of major priorities.
Because no LMS would ever be worth your while without these features.