Evaluating Learning Management Systems for External Training?

Alyssa Azevedo
Jun 26, 2019 10:07:40 AM

The Questions You Must Ask Learning Management System Vendors

If your business model is focused on external “for profit” training, you know the business of learning is different from employee training. Your Learning Management System (LMS) has to be the engine that helps drive the success of your business. The better it handles the unique needs of customers who are actually paying for training, the more horsepower you’ll have to succeed.

You need a platform engineered to bring the most to your professional training business, today and tomorrow. Let’s face it, second best isn’t good enough. Master carpenters do not rely on a leather-man as their tool kit.

Ask the Right Questions at the Right Time - Benefit From the Experience of Experts 

Understanding how difficult the process is of finding the right learning management system, Thought Industries developed a list of key questions, called 59 Questions to Consider Before Selecting an LMS for External Training, and you can download your free copy here

Thought Industries has a great deal of experience to share. We asked our team of sales and service professionals to compile a list of questions that they get most frequently from companies that are in the business of training.
 

Since the business of training is so different from employee training, we identified some of the features and benefits you need from an LMS for external training:

  1. Monetized Learning empowers you to sell courses fit to your business model – subscription-based, bundled courses, a la cart, pay-as-you go, B2B bulk purchasing, and more.
  2. Native Authoring to create beautiful, fully branded eLearning courses, videos, etc. with ease.
  3. Blended Learning. Combine traditional in-person training with eLearning, videos, and virtual events to scale your training to reach thousands instead of hundreds.
  4. Gamification boosts engagement and completion rates.
  5. Social Learning improves communication and collaboration between learners.
  6. Curated Learning Paths drive learners towards a specific goal with structured, multi-part curriculums and certifications
  7. Robust Integrations connect across your technology stack
  8. Advanced Analytics bring you operational insight through our advanced reporting tools.
A Step-by-Step Process
 
The “59 Questions...” guide is more than just a compendium of questions. It’s for your consideration journey. The questions are organized by essential topics and sequenced to provide you with
a roadmap:
 
  1. Vendor Background
  2. Implementation and Customization
  3. Updates and Enhancements
  4. Training and Education
  5. Support
  6. Product Ease-of-Use
  7. Learning Management
  8. Course Authoring
  9. Security
  10. Reporting
  11. eCommerce and Monetization
  12. Salesforce Integration
  13. Other Integrations
  14. Gamification and Social
  15. Costs
Use it as a guide. Ask every potential vendor all the questions, in order. Make your team smarter and more effective by benefitting from the combined experience of experts.
 
An Easy Comparison and Decision Tool
 
The format of the questionnaire allows you to record the answers for an additional LMS provider and then easily compare those answers as you narrow down the choices. Increase the odds that your team will find the LMS of your dreams with the least amount of aggravation.
 
Don’t Miss a Trick
 
When any one of us is faced with a major decision, we are most likely to seek the counsel of peers who have been through this. This resource is just that - the accumulated wisdom and experience of professionals, in a format built for you.

59 Questions to Consider Before Selection an LMS for External Training 

Download this free guide to help you identify and prioritize the software features you'll need to maximize the success of your online external training experience.

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