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What to look for in an LMS?

by Contributing Author

The learning management system has been a part of our lives for quite a while now. However, it was only after we were hit by the deadly virus that the LMS got the attention and recognition it deserves. 

The learning management systems started being used and changed the face of the world. The efficiency and effectiveness of these learning management systems made it extremely easy and convenient for organizations and institutions to adopt the remote method of learning. 

Choosing a learning management system is one of the most difficult tasks when it comes to remote learning and training. Different learning management systems offer different sets of features and perks. So how do you choose the right LMS for your organization and what do you need to look for in an LMS before you subscribe to it? You can often see comparisons between LMS platforms like Thinkific vs Teachable, having similar ratings and reviews. Before you go on and select a particular LMS for yourself, keep in mind to consider the following point.

  • Pricing: The most important thing to look for when considering a learning management system is the pricing module. Most of the LMS offer free versions too which apparently have a lot lesser features when compared to the paid versions. You need to look for platforms that offer the features that you need, and then you need to compare their prices.
  • Performance Review: Before subscribing to an LMS, do a little research and study the reviews written by users. Even if the LMS offers the set of features that you need, you need to read the reviews to check the quality of those features. Reviews help a lot in deciding if the LMS will act as you want it to and it can save you a lot of money as well.
  • Usability: A learning management system is an amazing software that made it possible for the education system to thrive even during the pandemic. However, it was the need of the hour, and the people abided by whatever was available to them. As the software industry saw the rise in the use of LMS, several new platforms came into being, each offering different features. If you have already shortlisted the names of LMS that are useful for you, your research will tell you how user-friendly they are. An LMS’s worth is proven by its usability over anything else.

Conclusion: The above-mentioned pointers play the most significant role in the choice of an LMS. Whenever you are going to subscribe to a learning management system for remote training or remote classes, you need to look for the above-mentioned pointers and check what the reviewers are saying about those LMS platforms. There are several websites that provide an overview of any LMS that you are looking at. Go through the details thoroughly and decide whether it is suitable for you and if it fulfills your requirements. Also, not every LMS is available to operate on every operating system. Some LMS may work on Android OS while some may work on iOS only, whereas some may operate on Linux, Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, and every other operating system available on the market. Do thorough research before coming to a decision. It can save you a good amount of time and money.

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