The Ideal LMS for Associations (and Probably All Training Depts Everywhere)
Posted by Ellen on February 17, 2010
In the last few weeks I’ve given more thought to LMSes and examined more LMS options than I have in a long time, all while advocating for better choices — especially when it comes to numbers preceded by dollar signs — for small associations needing to install a workable and affordable LMS.
The discussions — via blog comments (thanks, Peter, Susan, Todd, Rodolpho and others who added to the conversation!) and offline dialogues — resulting from my “LMS = Losing My Smile” post really got me thinking about what would be the ideal LMS for associations.
And after I jotted out the must-haves (!), I realized it would be an ideal LMS for any education or training department, not just within the not-for-profit community, but in the for-profit world as well.
As I see it, an ideal LMS for associations would include:
- course management features for online, instructor-led offerings
- learning management features for asynchronous offerings, including object-by-object storage for reuse, controlled by learners to assemble their own “courses” using the learning objects as building blocks
- Web conferencing functionality with the ability to record, archive, and save sessions for later access, searching, and attendee completion tracking (i.e., the admin would be able to see who actually attended live and stayed for the full session, and who viewed the entire recorded version)
- simulations and gaming capacity for organizations wishing to incorporate them and “attach” them to any of the above options
- training management system (yes!) to assign and track attendees of face-to-face (FTF) programs (still a large part of association education)
- social learning features to allow learners to network with others who any and all programs, FTF and online (right now the course management systems seem to be the only ones that do this — I’d love to see a system that isn’t specific to one system but to the organization)
- progress tracking, scoring, testing, and other recordkeeping across all programs (the system would have a sort of “hot-sync” with the AMS — so updated membership records for e-mail addresses, etc. would feed from AMS to the LMS and the scoring, certification, and other records from the LMS would feed to the AMS)
And of course, it would have to be easy to learn, maneuver within, and it would be affordable 🙂
As far as I know, no such system exists, though some vendors are combining various pieces like never before, which is a step in the right direction.
I did say it was ideal, right?
Or does someone know of such a system?
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