The process of creating and designing content to utilizing it in your LMS or online training

A learning management system process is one that allows training coordinators to load training materials into a learning management system (LMS) for students to complete as assigned. The process begins with trainers loading the training and ends with reports available of who completed the training and how they fared on assessments. How easily this process works for you will depend on the type of LMS that you use for your organization.

When you utilize an LMS, students are afforded some element of control over their learning experience. They can take the assigned eLearning courses at their own pace and repeat segments as needed until they are comfortable with the material presented. As a training coordinator, you have control over what kind of experience you create for your learners. You can create a simple course where students read material and then answer questions afterward, or you can design a complete blended learning course utilizing different delivery modalities and more than one method of interaction or assessment. The learning management system process will be entirely your design based on what you hope to accomplish.

Types of LMS

To get started, you first need to select the LMS that will work best for you and your organization. There are two common types that you can choose from.

  • Open source LMS: an LMS software that you purchase with programming code is open for you to personalize based on your organization’s needs.
  • Vendor-supported LMS: your organization purchases a software subscription and then adds your logo, training material, and users. No programming is required to get started.

At first glance, an open source LMS may appear to have a lower cost. Once you include the cost of adding features and the incredible technical support required by your organization, it’s typically not a way to save money. With a vendor supported LMS, it’s designed as simple to use for your training department and end users. The vendor will also provide all technical support.

Try an LMS

If you’re hesitant about purchasing a software subscription, Litmos offers a free trial of their vendor-supported LMS. They have millions of users all over the world and are popular with organizations of all types. Take advantage of this free trial and see how easily you can design a learning management system process for your company.