Your LMS is a Garden
In doesn't take a green thumb to grow your LMS. If you can think of your LMS as a garden, one day you will harvest a great return on investment.
What Does A Garden Need?
- A Good Plan
A good plan is essential in anything that you pursue, including your LMS. Plan what you will plant in your garden. In other words, what will you host on your LMS? Will you focus on specializing in one aspect of online training or will you branch out into broader areas? Beyond course ware, will you host standard operating procedures, career paths, certifications, or employee appraisals? Will you have the resources to support the subsequent content management? Ensure that you are planting learning material that your consumers need, want, and enjoy and do not allow yourself to plant more than you can manage!
- Dedicated Resources
All LMS platforms require some aspect of administration. Just like a garden, your LMS will require some ongoing maintenance. The most successful LMS administrators have already included maintenance in their LMS plan. Understand that dedicating recourses, be they staff and/or budget, to help maintain and enhance your LMS and hosted content will ensure that your garden doesn't die of neglect or outgrow itself.
- A Time To Harvest
In terms of an LMS, to really maximize your return on investment, plan to harvest the knowledge that your LMS produces. Monthly or Quarterly reporting on user activity, certification progress, pre and post training analysis will help you assess how your garden is growing and provide insight into what adjustments you should make.
To keep your LMS garden bearing fruit, remember to fertilize it with new materials! How much new material you add, in terms of course ware, news feeds, tutorials, etc, will impact the overall usage of your LMS. If you want your LMS to be a lush environment, plan to replenish it on an ongoing basis.
Posted in Learning Management Systems by Jennifer Cameron on 2/4/2011 10:31:37 AM