Whether this is your first Learning Management System (LMS) or you have decided your current learning platform doesn't allow you to achieve your goals - if you don’t accurately and completely identify and prioritize your real needs, your new LMS will fall short of expectations.
These free resources might be helpful in starting your LMS search and defining your requirements, to ensure you select an LMS that is the right fit for your organization.
Where do I start?
The most important step in selecting a new LMS is to gather, analyze, and define your requirements. This process—the discussions and decisions—is the most important part of any technology selection. If you don’t get it right, you won’t create a useful RFP or select the best LMS for your association. These resources will help you to get started:
- How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements
- How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP
- 10 Factors to Consider When Selecting an LMS
- How to Select an LMS for Association Learning (On-demand Webinar)
Who can help me?
With more than 700 learning platforms on the market, how do you narrow the field down to the best learning management systems (LMS) for your association’s needs? You could go it alone and rely on the recommendations of your peers on forums and review sites. Or, you could hire an LMS consultant to help you with requirements, selection, and implementation.
- ASAE Collaborate has forums for members to discuss many topics including Learning Management Systems, Best Practice Sharing, Professional Development, where you can ask your peers for advice.
- ReviewMyLMS contains verified reviews for Learning Management Systems used by associations.
- Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning your LMS Selection
Securing approval and buy-in
When you have a learning strategy that’s aligned with your association’s strategic plan, you’re more likely to get the support and resources you need for your educational programs and secure buy-in from other departments. You will need to know how to make a persuasive case for a new learning management system (LMS) to the decision-makers at your association.
- Take an Integrated Approach to Education with a Learning Strategy
- How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS
- How to Present a Business Case for a New LMS
- How to Get Board Approval (and Budget) for Online Learning
- 11 Catalysts for Cross-Departmental Collaboration
Planning for a Successful Implementation
Your LMS requirements may change between selecting and implementing a new LMS. To create meaningful, truly impactful learning experiences, you need to review and plan carefully to ensure a successful implementation from day one. If your LMS implementation will include integration with other systems, like an AMS or CRM, there are additional factors to consider.
- Successful Learning Management System Implementation (Article and free eBook)
- The Critical Role of an LMS Business Analyst during Implementation
- What You Need to Know about Being an LMS Project Manager (Part 1)
- The Basics of LMS Project Management from Kick-off to Close (Part 2)
Key decisions that sometimes surprise
During the selection and implementation of a learning management system (LMS), you have many decisions to make. But some decisions often take associations by surprise. There’s no right or wrong approach to the topics below - every association has different needs.
- Where to host your eLearning Catalog and eCommerce: AMS or LMS?
- Identify LMS Reporting Requirements Before Starting the Selection Process
- LMS Integration Questions to Consider Before Making a Selection
- Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations
- Certification vs. Certificate Programs: Which is Right for Your Association?
- The Importance of an LMS Roadmap when Selecting a Learning Platform
Ensure acceptance of your new LMS
Whether considering implementing a Learning Management System for the first time, or changing over from an existing system, one of the first things that should be discussed is how you are going to market it to your members and non-members alike to ensure a successful adoption. The better the plan the better chances for success!
- Successfully Marketing your Association Learning Management System
- The Best Marketing for Educational Programs is Content Marketing
- Advice for LMS Training During and After Implementation
Get more from your investment in a new LMS
If your association’s learning management system (LMS) is only used by staff in the education department, you’re not taking full advantage of its potential. An LMS can do so much more than help you manage online courses, certification and accreditation programs, digital badges, and webinars. We’ve come up with additional ways you can use an LMS to deliver more value:
Game changer—that’s a pretty bold declaration about an LMS but we stand behind it. A game changer is “the transformational magic that takes organizations from ordinary to exceptional.” An LMS can transform your educational programs and membership experience in just that way. It’s not only the technology that’s the game changer—it’s the changes in your association’s culture and mindset that make this new bigger vision possible. An LMS can kick start the type of change that allows your association to have a much bigger impact on your industry or profession, and on your members. “Game changer” sounds about right. Good luck with your LMS search. If we at WBT Systems can help in any way, do get in touch.