You could argue that the platform and delivery of your elearning content is the most crucial part of learning and development. After all, if learning content is strewn across several locations, platforms and systems, it’s going to be more hassle than it’s worth for your staff to seek anything out. In this instance, courses end up getting lost and forgotten past their launch despite the effort (and cost) of getting them created and live. With the platform, delivery and access of learning being so crucial, the marketplace is vast with hundreds of possible solutions out there. Course management systems, virtual learning environments (VLE) and learning management systems (LMS) all offer things that are similar in premise, but very different in reality. It all depends on how far you want or need to take it, which obviously affects the cost and complexity of the implementation.
Course management system
What we’re looking at in this particular post, however, is how a cloud course management system can save you time, effort and of course, money. A course management system is more flexible and focused around securing delivery of content, giving learners easy access to learning via a cloud-based portal. It’s not as feature-rich as an LMS and is probably slightly less formal, curricular or even HR focussed. After all, features are great, but only if you know you’ll use them.
A cloud course management system is for the organizations who are hellbent on getting learning content out quickly and don’t have time for the hosting and RFPs (or cost) associated with implementing an LMS. If you don’t want to feel tied down by investing in infrastructure, like the idea of multi-device and BYOD access to your content and want somewhere to analyse what learners are up to, a cloud course management system might be the ideal solution for you. The good news is that this sort of solution can save you money, too. Here are six ways a cloud course management system can save you and your company money.
If curriculums, events, chat and other LMS functions are wasted on you
If you opt for a traditional LMS or course management system, every feature you have available is going to increase the cost of your overall contract. That’s all well and good if you have plans to put everything to use, but if not, it’s going to be eating into valuable budget that could be put use elsewhere. As we’ve suggested in this post, make a list of requirements and stick to it when speaking with LMS or course management system vendors… this will keep your selection focussed and cost where it should be.
If getting courses out there is your #1 priority
A cloud course management system is the ideal solution for the organization looking for a flexible vehicle to get your courses in front of your learners, as quickly and as easily as possible. Learning teams login via their browser and upload courses and push them live and make them available to learners. Learners login via their browser and courses are ready and waiting for them. This goes hand in hand with the above – if forums and hand-ins are going to be no use and you’re focussed on the speed, simplicity and getting courses out there, a cloud course management system could be the solution for you.
If you can’t keep up with all of the devices in your offices (but want to put them to use)
The devices sitting on desks across your organization are a great (and increasingly important) tool for learning. With app such as Gmail, Slack and Google Analytics making our access to work a whole lot easier, it’s only right that learning is on hand, too. Because cloud course management systems are based in the cloud, they can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. If globally dispersed staff know they’re just a login away from resources and support, there’s a good chance they will begin to take advantage of it. All staff need is a login and a link, putting them just minutes away from learning and development support whether they’re in a meeting, with a client or working from home.
If you’re put off by being tied in for the long-term
Cloud course management systems and cloud solutions in general usually work on a software as a service (SaaS) model, meaning you pay for the system on a rolling basis to keep using the web-based tool. This gives you the freedom to up and leave whenever it suits, keeping you in control of your contract, usage and budget. An LMS isn’t the sort of thing you can replace easily ‒ the amount of curricular info they contain along with the physical hosting and annual contracts makes it difficult to up and leave as freely as you can with a hosted solution. If you’re tentatively stepping into the world of elearning management, a SaaS course management system might be the ideal solution for you.
If you like the idea of staff having constant access to learning
Especially great for organizations working in different time zones or locations, a cloud hub of learning resources leaves you safe in the knowledge that everyone can access the same stuff easily, regardless of location. It takes away some complex IT and network stuff too, as staff only need an Internet connection to access a cloud course management system, which makes it easy to implement. It’s important your staff are following the same procedures and are using the same terminology to avoid crossed wires and confusion to keep things moving across offices.
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