Best Practices To Successfully Implement A Learning Management System

by Northpass

After much deliberation, your organization has made the critical decision to replace your old LMS with a new system; οr you’ve finally decided to implement an LMS for the first time. In either case, the issue now becomes: How do we plan for the LMS implementation?

Key Chapters

  1. Introduction

    Not all LMS implementations are created equal. They will vary from one vendor to the next. And it will hinge on a lot of the strategic work you did earlier in your selection and planning for the LMS.

  2. Selecting a framework for designing your learning materials

    - Step 1: Define
    - Step 2: Outline
    - Step 3: Build
    - Step 4: Engage
    - Step 5: Measure

  3. Picking your LMS implementation team

    The LMS likely touches on several operations within your organization. So in building a team to oversee the LMS implementation process, connect team members from those various departments, such as HR, IT and learning, and development.

  4. Establishing an LMS implementation plan and timeline

    How long the LMS implementation process takes depends on which type of LMS you choose. An on-premises LMS installed on your own server may take longer than a hosted or cloud-based LMS in which the system is housed on the vendor’s server. The LMS vendor or your IT department can provide a better estimate of the timespan.

  5. Preparing for data migration

    Whether you are transitioning from a legacy LMS or implementing an LMS for the first time, a key decision centers on which courses, data, and instructional assets are to be transferred to the new system.

  6. Trial run and training

    Before completing the LMS implementation process and officially launching the new system, test the new LMS among a group of handpicked users, be they internal staff or extended enterprise users such as channel partners or contractors.

  7. System changeover

    As one of the final steps in the LMS implementation process, switching to the new LMS can be accomplished several ways. See what option is best for you and your organization.

  8. Assessing and wrapping up

    Once the LMS implementation process is complete and when the new system has been in operation for a period of time, review how the process went for all involved. Pinpoint any technical glitches that may have hampered the launch and correct those.

Your LMS implementation success will depend on answering questions like why you need an LMS, where in the user lifecycle will the LMS/training make the most impact, what success metrics you want to measure through the LMS, what features you really need, what is the skill level of your LMS administrators, how you will measure ROI.

In purchasing an LMS lies no assignment of your eLearning program to others. Your organization is empowered to implement the platform, based on its needs and special characteristics, be it workforce or field of action. To do this right you must begin by setting a framework for the implementation of your LMS. Northpass has taken the initiative to lend a helping hand for this procedure, issuing this collection of best practices that will bring you success on this crucial task. Read and reflect on picking your team, establishing plan and timeline, preparing data migration and other related matters, all thoroughly addressed so that you get off on the right foot with your online training development.

Christopher Pappas

Christopher Pappas
Founder of The eLearning Industry's Network