AMVONET Learning Content Management: Choosing the Right LCMS
OverviewThe e-learning industry, including learning content managementsystem (LCMS) solutions, is expected to reach $107 billion by2015.A study found that 69.1% of higher education institutionsbelieve online education is a critical part of a long-termstrategy.**Business owners, school leaders, and others continue to facethe daunting task of trying to determine what LCMStechnologies and methods they should embrace to:•Become more efficient and limit errors•Decrease training and maintenance costs•Support e-learning or blended learning initiatives (instructor ledin the classroom and offline)•Remain in compliance with regulations
Learning Management System Functionality• Student Registration and Administration• Training Event Management (i.e., scheduling, tracking, andWBT delivery)• Curriculum and Certification Management• Skills and Competencies Management• Reporting• Training Record Management• Courseware Authoring
LCMS Functionality• Template-driven, Collaborative Content Development• Facilitated Content Management (i.e. indexing and reuse)• Publishing• Workflow Integration• Automated Interface with a LMS
LCMS Selection Considerations• Start with Business Objectives• Weigh the Costs and Savings• Assess Vendor Experience• Ask About Partnerships and Integration• Filter Out Vendors (RFP)
What to Look for in a LCMS• Built-in Authoring – number and types of tools that can beused• Synchronous (live classroom) or asynchronous collaboration• Platform - SaaS delivery model that can run on MAC, PCwith operating systems like Linux, Windows and others• Interoperability – support range of learning objects, thirdparty tools, Student Information System (SIS) and HRmanagement systems• XML Based – to separate content from the presentations(including content tagging protocols)• Content Versioning Controls – for capturing content historyand updates
Key Questions for LCMS Vendors• How does the LCMS bridge to the LMS?• To what degree can instructors manage academiccalendars, tests, create quizzes, manage gradebooks?• Will the LCMS already include a synchronous softwarecomponent for a live classroom experience to avoid thedelays and extra programming expenses tied to manualintegration of third party tools?• Does the system allow for interactive content, including livetests or next step instructions that can be embedded withinrecorded instruction, such as a video?
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