LMS What's Out There and How to Decide

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  • E201 – LMS: What's Out There & How to Decide!10:30 AM – 11:15 AMLori Reed, Learning & Development Coordinator, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Managing Editor of ALA Learning.orgWith so many learning management systems on the market, including the freebies and open-source, where do you start? Reed explains what to expect from an LMS and LCMS (learning content management system), what’s available — from the most popular to the unknown — selection criteria for choosing a system (including factoring in costs for open-source), and how to get buy-in from administration.
  • Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clearlyambiguous/50048014Early days of e-learning there was a lot of bad e-learning. Reading.This may be all that staff/admin have experienced.
  • A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is a multi-user environment where learning developers can create, store, reuse, manage, and deliver small units of learning content and assets called learning objects. These assets can include media files, assessment items, simulations, text, graphics and other objects which are stored in a central object repository. A robust Learning Content Management System (LCMS) facilitates the organization of learning content and effectively presents it to learners via a Learning Management System (LMS).
  • Graphic Source: http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2005/06/featuritis_vs_t.html
  • 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 />
    20. 20.
    21. 21.
    22. 22.
    23. 23.
    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 />
    37. 37.
    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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