Why you need an LMS and an authoring tool

Are you considering using an learning management system (LMS)? Perhaps you don’t think you need one. In this article, guest contributor Brendon Noud shares six reasons why you should consider using an LMS.

why you need an LMS

An authoring tool that makes delivering effective elearning content quick and easy is essential. But once created, that content’s potential to deliver results depends on a LMS. Your chosen authoring tool and LMS should work together to form one cohesive elearning process. Firstly, they must be compatible on a technical level. But both tools should also deliver value to specific areas of your elearning programs.

If you already use an authoring tool like Elucidat, here are six reasons why you also need an LMS.

1. Deliver course content to learners

The engaging content an authoring tool allows you to create is only the beginning of the elearning process. Once exported, an LMS must step in to deliver content in a way that engages learners and makes it easy to measure performance. Learning content on its own is not very useful; the LMS must help you decide how that material is best distributed and delivered to users.

Your LMS should provide a single location where learners can access all materials relevant to their training, from guides and manuals to coursework and assessments. It should also make it easy to organize the content that has been exported from an authoring tool.

2. Benefit from SCORM and Tin Can API technology

Modern authoring tools now offer considerable SCORM and Tin Can compatibility. But exporting course content in SCORM or Tin Can formats is meaningless unless your LMS is powerful enough to manage that material effectively.

Many LMS’s claim they are SCORM compliant but struggle in practice. The design of LearnUpon’s SCORM implementation was inspired by these common problems. The result is an LMS that offers the most intuitive SCORM and Tin Can API in the industry. Simply drag and drop the SCORM or Tin Can zip exported from your authoring tool into LearnUpon’s LMS, and it springs to life in seconds. When you upload your course, LearnUpon will validate it and provide feedback on errors so you can correct them. Your LMS’s SCORM and Tin Can functionality should help you make the most of the content your team has put such effort into creating.

Related: To SCORM or not to SCORM, that is the question

3. Measure learner performance

Distributing content is usually just your first task. A good LMS must also help you measure and optimize the performance of elearning. You need to know how much learners have understood, whether for formal compliance purposes or to evaluate program effectiveness internally.

An LMS can help you reward learners and deliver professional credentials (such as certificates) linked to specific courses and learning paths. In addition to evaluating performance with assignments and assessments, reports and training histories can be maintained in your LMS as long as they’re legally required. These processes can be automated with an LMS, reducing admin workloads.

Certificates

Related: New way to measure and evaluate the performance of elearning

4. Deliver a fantastic user experience

While the authoring tool only needs to work closely with an LMS, your LMS should integrate with your existing CRM, marketing and finance systems. With close integration, you have greater reporting options and a simpler user experience.

If your team creates engaging course content, your LMS should support it by delivering a positive branded experience. It helps if your vendor offers comprehensive customization options. LearnUpon customers can customize portals with a logo, banner image, and style to keep their LMS consistent with existing platforms. Tailoring your login page, emails, and notifications helps you deliver a seamless learner experience.

Related: How to design personalized learning experiences

5. Deliver blended learning

You’ll frequently need to deliver a lot more beyond the online content created with an authoring tool. It’s rare that such material exists in an isolated portal. A good LMS must go beyond online content delivery to offer blended learning features that allow you to track performance at classroom-based, instructor-led sessions too. An LMS can help you supplement content created through your authoring tool with these real-life sessions. This makes it easy to inform and remind users about locations, instructors, rosters, and marks awarded for attendance.

Related: What is blended learning an why is it important

6. Sell courses online

Ecommerce

Are you selling courses online? If so, you’ll need an LMS that offers eCommerce functionality. With LearnUpon, it takes less than two minutes to set-up and configure an eCommerce store. It also integrates with services like PayPal, Authorize.Net, Stripe, and Shopify to provide a secure and simple shopping cart experience.

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Brendan Noud

Brendan Noud

Brendan Noud is CEO and co-founder of LearnUpon. With over 500 customers across the world, LearnUpon is one of the fastest growing cloud-based learning management systems in the world.
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