In 2021, Learning Management Systems (LMS) are more important than ever. The disruption of learning for students with the covid-19 pandemic has made the digital management of education critical for schools and universities alike. Meanwhile, businesses have needed to adapt to offering employee training and educational programs in new, digital formats. The ability to administer, document, track, and report on the delivery of educational services will only continue to be essential as institutions of all kinds adapt to hybrid learning for the medium-term. With the experience of the last year, by now many organizations have a sense of what they’re looking for and looking to avoid in an LMS.
That said, the market for Learning Management Systems is large and diverse. Finding the tool that best meets your organization’s needs without a lot of expensive extras can be a significant challenge. Learning Management Systems have varied features and functionality, some but not all of which will be relevant to you. As you begin to reflect on your needs and sift through the offerings on the market, there’s a lot to consider.
For starters, your organization will have unique learning needs depending on the instructional format and degree of learner interaction. You may or may not need to consider access to learning materials across devices, or ease of integration with other tools – ranging from Student Information Systems to social media. Pricing and licensing structure, analysis and reporting options which offer insight into content effectiveness, customer support options, and security and reliability are all considerations. Meanwhile, you need an LMS which supports the content relevant to you – whether that’s PDF, audio transcripts, surveys and certificates, all of the above, or something else entirely.
Getting going can be daunting, but Popcorn RFP is here to help. Our easy-to-use RFx interface and specially designed LMS kernels help you get the vendor information you need so that you’ll be on your way to the right LMS for you in no time. Take a look at how it works in practice.
We start by prompting you to consider the basics – what functions are key for your organization? This might be user management, assessment, tracking, or something else.
Next, our kernels prompt you to consider the finer details of what you’ll need. Here, we ask you to reflect on the issue of mobile apps and compatibility. Learners of all types are now used to accessing materials across devices. You may or may not need a tool that supports off-line work.
A key feature of LMS software are options for reporting and analysis. Here, our kernel asks what, if any, analytical function you need.
By reminding you of the functions and features to consider, Popcorn RFP helps you nail down the details faster so that you are on your way to the best tool for you with a minimum of time and effort. Give it a try for free and let us know how we can further support your purchasing process!