LMS Solutions Part 1: What are the “Pieces” of an Online Training Solution?

Investing in a learning management system is a great solution for organizations that place importance on employee growth and organizational efficiency. By investing in your employees, you’re investing in your company.

Business leaders can be tempted to create a hodgepodge of LMS training tools that their organization will inevitably outgrow. So what are the necessary components of an LMS tool that will help your company grow and your team be better educated? The team at DigitalChalk puts an emphasis on partnering with our customers. An LMS should help customers solve training and organizational problems. Read on to see what the pieces of a solution-based LMS look like.

Learning Management System Must-Haves

According to the Association for Talent Development, organizations can spend anywhere between 1.7% to 5.4% of their payroll on training. An all-in-one online training solution can eliminate the hidden costs of traditional training or DIY online training. What should you look for in an all-in-one LMS platform?

There are three critical components you should look for when choosing an LMS training solution. They are:

  • A learning platform that delivers courses, tracks results and manages users.
  • A curated business library.
  • A learning solution provider who will be a partner interested in your success.

Learning Platform

You don’t want to become a technology expert – you want to provide quality training to your organization. So look for a learning platform that is intuitive for both learners and administrators, and can do the following:

  • Deliver all types of course content formats;
    from SCORM, AICC, video, PowerPoint, audio,
    text and web archives
  • Track and report training results
  • Provide tests, assignments, and surveys
  • Support on-demand, live and blended training
  • Integrate with Learning Results Systems, HR
    platforms and other analytics tools with SSO and
    API support

In addition, make sure your LMS solution is scalable and can support any number of users and courses –  in other words, that it can grow as your business grows.

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Learning Content

Providing engaging quality training is critical to the success of your training initiatives.  But it takes time to vet business training for:

  • Legal accuracy
  • Production quality
  • Engagement value
  • Vendor reputation
  • Technology standards
  • Time appropriateness
  • Mobile responsiveness and accessibility

A good LMS training solution will do the course curating for you.  You should be able to build a training program from scratch, or select courses to bolster your existing training with complete confidence.

Learning Partner

The LMS platform your choose should partner with you to support your business every step of the way. You should never be surprised with add-ons, hidden costs, or surprises. Your LMS solution should be flexible and friendly so you can create and manage an online business that is as unique as you are. You can bring your ideas to life by partnering with an LMS provider to build the successful online training or teaching business you’ve been dreaming of. 

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The Bottom Line

Given the higher, AND hidden, cost of traditional or DIY online training, choosing a total LMS solution provides a more affordable, holistic solution for managing training. The right LMS training solution will provide the tools, the expertise, and the partnership you need to build a training program to delight your employees and achieve your learning and development goals.


Author: Dario Priolo

Dario brings over 20 years of experience in the sales enablement and talent development industry. He has led marketing and strategy as CMO for leading companies like the Hay Group, Miller Heiman and Profiles International and has been part of 4 successful exits, including his own start-up.