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LMS What's Out There and How to Decide

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Presentation at Computers in Libraries Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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LMS What's Out There and How to Decide

  1. 1. LMSWhat’s Out There?How to Decide?<br />@lorireed<br />Learning & Development Coordinator<br />Charlotte Mecklenburg Library<br />LoriReed.com<br />#lms<br />#cil2010<br />
  2. 2. What’s an LMS?<br />#lms<br />#cil2010<br />
  3. 3. A Learning Management System (LMS)is software or a Web-based application used to:<br /><ul><li>Plan/Deploy
  4. 4. Administer
  5. 5. Track
  6. 6. Report </li></ul>learning processes (aka training).<br />
  7. 7. Microsoft Access<br />
  8. 8. PeopleSoft<br />Learner View:<br />Course Listings<br />
  9. 9. Learner View: Training<br />History<br />
  10. 10. Admin View: <br />Course Listings<br />
  11. 11. Admin View: Roster<br />
  12. 12. Popular LMS Providers<br />ACS<br />Blackboard<br />Certpoint<br />Cornerstone<br />GeoLearning<br />Learn.com<br />Meridian KS<br />Mzinga<br />Oracle iLearning/PeopleSoft<br />Pathlore<br />Plateau Systems<br />Saba<br />SAP<br />Sun Total Systems<br />TEDS<br />WBT Systems<br />
  13. 13. What’s an LCMS?<br />#lms<br />#cil2010<br />
  14. 14. A Learning Content Management System (LCMS)is a multi-user environment where learning developers can:<br /><ul><li>Create
  15. 15. Store
  16. 16. Reuse
  17. 17. Manage
  18. 18. Deliver </li></ul>small units of learning content and assets called learning objects. <br />
  19. 19. An LCMS manages the process of creating, storing and delivering learning content.<br />
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  24. 24. Process Overview<br />Team<br />Talk to stakeholders<br />Talk to IT<br />Talk to target audience<br />Narrow your focus<br />Conduct research<br />Contact vendors<br />
  25. 25. Process Overview cont…<br />Prepare RFP<br />Select finalists<br />Demos<br />Test, test, test<br />Negotiate<br />Final selection<br />
  26. 26. Decisions<br />#lms<br />#cil2010<br />
  27. 27. What’s your goal?<br />
  28. 28. Do you have a valid business case?<br />
  29. 29. What are your must haves?<br />Portal<br />Branding<br />Mobile<br />Adaptive<br />Assessments<br />Create own content<br />
  30. 30. Branding?<br />We need a customized site with our logo and colors.<br />Branding is not important for this.<br />
  31. 31. Do you need a portal?<br />Yes we need a single login for all sites<br />No we can have a separate site<br />
  32. 32. Do you have other tools?<br />We want <br />all-in-one<br />We have other tools to integrate<br />
  33. 33. Do you create a lot of content?<br />We create a lot<br />of content<br />We use mostly off the shelf content<br />
  34. 34. Multiple languages?<br />We create a lot<br />of content<br />We use mostly off the shelf content<br />
  35. 35. Learners internal, external?<br />Our learners are only internal<br />We have learners all over the world<br />
  36. 36. IT Resources<br />IT can host and support an LMS<br />(your headache)<br />We need to pay for outside hosting<br />(someone else’s headache)<br />
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  38. 38. Top 10 Mistakes When Purchasing an LMS<br />
  39. 39. Mistake # 1<br />Underestimating the politics involved.<br />
  40. 40. Mistake #2<br />Skipping steps to shorten the process or confusing steps.<br />e.g. RFI vs. RFP <br />
  41. 41. Mistake #3<br />Underestimating resources needed to run an LMS (including staff)<br />
  42. 42. Mistake #4<br />Overstating how much you need an LMS and missing opportunity for a starter LMS. (Would a Ford Focus do rather than a Cadillac?)<br />
  43. 43. Mistake #5<br />Confusing content authoring tool selection with LMS selection.<br />
  44. 44. Mistake #6<br />Confusing important features versus nice to have. Not really knowing what you need.<br />
  45. 45. Mistake #7<br />Putting the wrong requirements in your RFP. Paying for too much product that you don’t need.<br />
  46. 46. Mistake #8<br />Not involving stakeholders early enough. You need support from Admin. You need support from IT. Who else do you need support from?<br />
  47. 47. Mistake #9<br />Not fully testing the product in the learner environment before making the final decision.<br />Note: Your computer is not the user environment.<br />
  48. 48. Mistake #10<br />Any guesses?<br />
  49. 49. Open source is free like kittens are free!<br />
  50. 50. Resources<br />EduTools<br /> http://edutools.info <br /> Provides side-by-side comparison of major LMSs<br />Brandon Hall Research<br /> http://brandon-hall.com<br /> Free resources as well as premium resources with unbiased reviews<br />
  51. 51. Special Thanks<br />Dr. Tony Karrer<br />http://elearningtech.blogspot.com/<br />
  52. 52. Lori Reed<br />lorireed.com<br />lori@lorireed.com<br />http://delicious.com/lorireed/elearning<br />

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