Thursday, 6 October 2016

LMS Scalability: The Topmost Requirement to Select an LMS

LMS software market is constantly growing due to the increasing acceptance of digital learning among corporate organizations, growing usage of eLearning devices, and the ever evolving technologies such as Gamification, video based learning, among others.

Nowadays, the use of Learning Management Software is not only confined to learning and learner management but organizations are looking for complete corporate learning suits to keep a track of the learner’s usage of training materials, manage the course access of the learner, create customized reports, manage assessments, manage course properties, and for various other tasks. Since a considerable amount of training budget is invested in the LMS software, organizations expect better return on the investments made on talent development and employee trainings. Here, the significance of LMS scalability comes into picture.

Scalability refers to the ability of Learning Management Software, to handle the growing amount of work in a proficient manner. A scalable LMS is the requirement of almost all the companies because LMS accommodates with the growth saving time, effort, and resources of the company that it would require to set up a new LMS.

4 Things that aids to LMS Scalability are:

  1. Supporting large amount of data: LMS should be able to accommodate large number of courses for the learners to consume. If new employees join the system, then new content can be uploaded in the LMS as per the needs of the learner, so that new learners can consume the relevant content, and the existing learners can reap the benefits of new learning material. It is also possible to add new learners keeping in mind the learner base of the organizations which grows over a period of time.
  2. Accessibility by large number of users at the same time: Good Learning Management Software should be able to tolerate large number of users accessing the LMS at the same time, as it is the need of every organization to provide course access to large number of learners; and the learners need to get the flexibility to consume the content at any time they wish to.
  3. Connectivity from all across the world: Uploading varied content in different formats also benefits in scalability, as the LMS can now be used by a global audience and is not just restricted for the consumption in local offices.
  4. Interactivity: LMS software should also have features that are utilized by the learners and helps them in their skill development such as social interactions through different collaborative tools, which allows the learners to connect with their peers, allows them to share their progress reports etc.
Most of the organizations that tend to expand and grow across the globe, choose a platform which is capable of adapting to its growing training needs while keeping up the good quality, usability and flexibility.

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