eLearning is an ever-growing field and the most effective way to provide training to the employees in an organization. The organizations have opted for this very method to train their employees as these are cost-effective. But as easy is to learn through an LMS(Learning Management System). On the contrary, an LMS development process is equally complex.
But the result is always saving the organizations the extra expenses they had to pay for traditional training. Learners get the best learning experience as well. Also, if you go through a well-planned method for building the LMS, the ball is in your court only.
|TABLE OF CONTENTS:-|
|1. Define the Goals for the New LMS|
2. Plan & Strategize the implementation
3. Assembling the team
4. Setting up the Implementation Timeline
5. Prepare for Data Migration
So here are some steps following which the complex process of LMS(Learning Management System). The development will become a sorted one, and the outcome will be an efficient as well cost-effective LMS.
1. Define the Goals for the New LMS
Goals help you to get a direction for the accomplishment of a project. So first you need to set goals for your free open source LMS. Since you are investing a lot, you don’t want to spend more on the end-moment-changes in the LMS. Don’t rush and research well about the type of LMS you want, and how it must serve your learners.
Defining goals and expected outcomes always results in quality teaching, better learning experience and improved efficiency of the learner. Also, since the technology and the learning requirements are simultaneously changing, you need to define future-ready goals for your LMS(Learning Management System).
2. Plan and Strategize the Implementation
With the goals, the implementation of the LMS(Learning Management System) has to be pre-defined. With this planning, you will get every other thing well sorted for your eLearning platform. Ultimately, it will be a great learning experience for the learners, too. This will streamline the whole development, testing and implementation process, saving a lot of your time as well as money.
3. Assembling the Team
For the platform, first, you need to choose a reliable and skilled development partner. Other than that, you need a team of 5 or 6 for the implementation and deployment of the eLearning platform. The team members will be responsible for the important tasks, like strategizing the training, leading the team, managing the project, etc.
Assembling a team will help you ease out the whole process, the burden will not be on a single person. For better implementation of the LMS(Learning Management System), make all the goals and the responsibilities of the team members clear to them.
4. Setting up the Implementation Timeline
Setting up the timeline for every operation paces up the development process. This way, you organize the time for every process and for rectifying every possible mistake as well as to make changes.
To make sure your timeline is flexible enough for changes, and new implementations, you need to include some spare time in the timeline. For every operation, so you know when to take the further step in development. This way, work is all sorted, and every team member will be focussing entirely on finishing their job on time, leading to a successful launch of the LMS(Learning Management System) on time.
5. Prepare For Data Migration
This step comes in the case when you already own an LMS and want to renovate it. If you are creating the new LMS on the cloud or other hosting services, then it won’t take much longer to migrate the courses and the data from old to new LMS. But if you are developing the LMS(Learning Management System) to be installed on your own server, the data migration may take longer.
So you need to be careful about the implementation timeline, such that the launch of the LMS does not get delayed. To make sure about that, you must filter the data and the courses such that only the necessary content is moved to a new LMS(Learning Management System).
During the development process, you must be careful enough to test every module of the LMS, such that you don’t leave flaws in any of the modules. Testing the LMS at every step will make you deal with major technical issues. Also, when the LMS(Learning Management System) development process is over, test it for bugs as well as for its working.
The tester will do the bugs, but you must include some handpicked users to enroll in the LMS. Test the working of all the courses and their accessibility. Prepare all the possible test cases depending on various scenarios, and write down all the issues. Make sure you sort out all the issues before you launch your e-learning platform.
After making LMS go through all the test cases, the time to switch to new LMS and launch for learners. If you are upgrading an old LMS with a new one, you can get it to overtake the old one overnight, or make the changes to the old LMS. Though you have launched the LMS(Learning Management System) successfully, you will need to refine it with time, and it is just the beginning.
You will come across many feedback from the trainers as well as the trainees such that you will need to make changes to the LMS(Learning Management System) time-to-time. But as the basic structure is already out you don’t need to worry about the other things, but be ready for with a continuous improvement mindset.
You have launched the LMS, all will not be aware of how to access the courses and how LMS works. So training for the administrators is a must. The administrators are the connecting party for the developers and the end-users. Such that they will make sure that the system works properly and the users are able to access the courses.
These administrators are also responsible for providing training for trainers. and the content creators on how to access the LMS. Also, they will be answering all the queries of the trainees regarding accessing the LMS(Learning Management System).
Other than that, the LMS has to be scalable and ready for any changes in the future. Elearning LMS development is a continuous expensive process, so you would not want to take any chances with its workability. So keep the given points in mind while planning the LMS(Learning Management System) development and you are good to go.