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toLearningManagementSystemsBy Ryann K. EllisEditor,Learning Circuits
Field Guide toLearning Management SystemsWhile t her e ar e sever al defi n itionsof a learning management system (LMS),thebasic descriptionis a software application that automates the administration, tracking,and reporting of training events. However, it’s not that simple. A robustLMS should be able to do the following:centralize and automate administrationuse self-service and self-guided servicesassemble and deliver learning content rapidlyconsolidate training initiatives on a scalable web-based platformsupport portability and standardspersonalize content and enable knowledge reuse.More important, an LMS should integrate with other enterprise applicationsolutions used by HR and accounting, enabling management to measure theimpact, effectiveness, and over all cost of training initiatives.Because so many factors are involved in the decision to purchase an LMS,the market frustrates buyers, making it nearly impossible to comparesuppliers. For example, high-end options don’t ensure quality, and some low-end solutions provide quick and easy-to-install versions that handle basicfunctionality but don’t offer everything your organization may need in thefuture. Adding to the confusion is the high rate of mergers and consolidationswithin the LMS market.So how can organizations make smart purchasing decisions about learningmanagement systems? Although every implementation is different, both atthe back-end installation and at the logic and requirements level, there aresome common factors to address when evaluating the right LMS for yourorganization.1Learning Circuits’“FieldGuide to LearningManagement Systems”ispublished by the AmericanSociety for Training &Development (ASTD).© 2009, ASTD Inc.All rights reserved.For more information onLMSs, visit theLearningCircuitswebsite.
Product featuresIt’s easy to let the technology determine how your organization willuse its learning management system. Therefore, it’s important to clearlydefine and prioritize requirements before shopping in order to find the rightLMS that will meet your organizations initial core requirements, as well asgrow to meet subsequent requirements in the future. Once you’vedetermined how you plan to use the LMS, you can match productfunctionality to your requirements.To that end, the following functional requirements are recommended:Integration with HR.LMSs that aren't synchronized with HR systems missthe boat. When systems are integrated, a human resources employee canenter a new hire's information into the HR system, and the employee isautomatically signed up for training tailored to his or her role within thecompany.

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Winter
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Dr.StevenShaw,Dr.PatrickDevey
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Learning management system, Learning management systems

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