You have decided on the LMS for your company and it is time to finalize, sign and go to the next phase. But before you sign, there are items you need to make sure are included in your contract, negotiated if need be, and things you need to know before you close the deal.
One of the little secrets that vendors often fail to tell customers is “LMS Maintenance”. Maintenance can cause all sorts of headaches for you, your employees/customers. Going offline, potential issues and scheduling can be challenges, unless you know ahead of time, what to do.
There may be times that you want customizations that are not included with your LMS/LCMS. When these are must haves, you will need to find out from the vendor if it can be done, what is the cost and how long.
When companies decide to move forward with a LMS/LCMS, they often fail to ask key questions on their infrastructure, their accessibility, security and how end users plan to use the system and access it. Questions need to be raised and answers need to be clarified before any such implementation.
3rd party vendors/contractors are fantastic resources to have them build your courses, however there are items which should be included in your agreement and not be set as a separate addendum for additional costs.
If you purchase 50 seats for off the shelf courses and you have 500 seats in your LMS, only 50 end users can access the off the shelf courses and not all 500 end users, unless you are indifferent to tracking. One seat – one user name, one password.
When people decide to purchase/lease a LMS/LCMS they often are unaware of how the seat premise works. The seats mechanism most commonly appears in LMS/LCMSs, web conferencing and off the shelf courseware.
SCORM, SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, AICC what does it all mean? Better yet, what does it mean to YOU when trying to find that LMS or LCMS vendor? How do you know that they really know what they are talking about? I’ll provide you with some questions to ask your future to be LMS vendor to make sure you select the right one for your company!
99% of today’s web based training courses are nothing more than static content – text, with some photos or text with a video of someone talking next to it. End users get bored and rush through the course never to come back. You can make any topic fully interactive and engaging – so that your end users will comprehend, retain and synthesize the information. Best of all, you can do it at a low cost.
I started at the beginning of the e-learning movement back in the 90’s and have been there every step along the way. I’ll give you in the real scoop on e-learning, what you need to know, open your eyes to the emerging technology and cut through the fluff. No slant, no theory. Real information for the real world.