10 Easy Steps to Target Your LMS Search

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Selecting a Learning Management System (LMS) is a daunting task, and the exercise described in this article will assist you with the initial foundation of your research. In order to demonstrate that an LMS provides you with functionality vital to the success of your business, be sure to identify and gather as many of the key stakeholders as you can. This group will include people who will not only evaluate the Learning Management Systems, but who will also use the final one you select.

In an ideal world, all stakeholders would take part in this exercise. In reality, this is hardly practical. Instead, create an LMS committee that includes at least one representative from each appropriate department or company division.

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10 Easy Steps to Target Your LMS Search

  1. 1. 1 0 E A S Y S T E P S T O TA R G E T Y O U R L M S S E A R C H
  2. 2. 10 EASY S TEPS TO T ARGE T YOUR LM S SE ARCH ~ Share This! ~ Post this to your blog, Twitter™, LinkedIn® or Delicious™ accounts or email this to someone who might enjoy it. Share Remix Attribute Share Alike 11639 E. Wethersfield Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 USA www.michaelsandassoc.com Toll-free: 877-614-84402Page © 2010 by Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. dba Michaels & Associates Copyright holder is licensing this under the Creative Commons License, Attribution-Share Alike 3.0. For more information, check out http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/
  3. 3. 10 EASY S TEPS TO T ARGE T YOUR LM S SE ARCHTA R G E T Y O U R L M S S E A R C H I NTE N E AS Y S T E P SSelecting a Learning Management System (LMS) is a daunting task, and theexercise described in this article will assist you with the initial foundation ofyour research. In order to demonstrate that an LMS provides you withfunctionality vital to the success of your business, be sure to identify andgather as many of the key stakeholders as you can. This group will includepeople who will not only evaluate the Learning Management Systems, but whowill also use the final one you select.In an ideal world, all stakeholders would take part in this exercise. In reality,this is not very practical. Instead, create an LMS committee that includes atleast one representative from each appropriate department or companydivision.Gather your LMS committee together to complete the following analysis tasks: 3 Page
  4. 4. 10 EASY S TEPS TO T ARGE T YOUR LM S SE ARCH 1. Define Goals Define the companys overall business goals and determine how an LMS would enhance these goals. 2. List Stakeholders Regardless of who is on the committee, make a list of all key stakeholders involved in selecting an LMS. Categorize this list by departments and sub-categorize by job title. 3. Brainstorm a Wish List Brainstorm an LMS features “wish list.” This list should include must-haves and nice-to- haves. If you have an existing LMS that is being evaluated to determine its current worth, write down its best characteristics and a second list for needed improvements.4Page
  5. 5. 10 EASY S TEPS TO T ARGE T YOUR LM S SE ARCH4. Identify Communication StrategiesSelect four or five departments from the master stakeholders list generatedin number 2 above. For each department, identify the best communicationstrategies used for each. Be creative. These strategies should not pertain toLMS features or functionality.5. Address the WIIFMSelect the two largest departments from those identified in number 4.Identify how an LMS would address the WIIFM (Whats In It For Me?) foreach department selected.6. Repeat Process for Additional StrategiesRepeat steps 4 & 5 to identify the best strategies for the following:productivity, student involvement, administration involvement, coursewaredelivery and content development. 5 Page
  6. 6. 10 EASY S TEPS TO T ARGE T YOUR LM S SE ARCH 7. Determine Evaluation Criteria Now that you have identified all aspects of WIIFM, determine the criteria you should use to evaluate an LMS. These could include a features comparison, ability to customize, cost, etc. 8. Determine Metrics Determine the metrics you will use to assist in your evaluation, such as usability testing, documentation from vendors, creating courseware trial and comparison, etc. 9. Describe the Future Briefly describe what a successfully implemented LMS would be for your organization. What data should be reported to provide as evidence of this success? 10. Review, Edit, Polish, Celebrate! Review, edit and polish the material generated from this exercise. Then, celebrate your discoveries! You are on your way to acquiring an LMS perfectly suited to you, your stakeholders and your organization.6Page
  7. 7. 10 EASY S TEPS TO T ARGE T YOUR LM S SE ARCHIn ConclusionYou’ll find the benefit of this activity is really quite impactful. After all, you will be generating outcomes tailored to your needs that will help you stayfocused on the selection process and less likely to be distracted or swayed by the “bells and whistles” you will encounter when trying out new a LMS.Selecting an LMS can certainly be a challenge, especially when you consider the volatile nature of the LMS industry and the level of commitment yourorganization must make. And although following these ten steps will eliminate much of the frustration associated with this challenge, we are alwayshere to help. Contact us today for assistance in choosing the right LMS for you! Michaels & Associates — training you inspire. info@michaelsandassoc.com www.michaelsandassoc.com toll-free: 877-614-8440 7 Page

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