Basic Features Every LMS Needs

computer quizzesThere are many learning management systems out there today that boast a large list of features. With so many great features to choose from, it can all become quite confusing.

While there are certainly features available that you may need for your particular project, there are still a core set of standards that you should look for no matter which LMS you are using.

Even if you don’t find some of the items of high importance right now, there may be a time when some of these critical items will becoming important – and not having them will cause you headaches in the end.

Of course this is not an exhaustive list. From my experience though, these items are the most necessary for any LMS to be effective.

Core LMS Requirements

Easy to Use – Whether your LMS has a ton of features or not, it should be easy to use and have an attractive interface incorporating the best of design. Everything has a learning curve, but your LMS shouldn’t take a degree in rocket science to figure out.

Compliance – Your LMS needs to be able to launch Tin Can (Experience) API courses. If you ever plan on launching courses that are created in programs like Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate, then this is an absolute must.

Organic Reporting – You should know what your users are doing, including their status and quiz details. But reporting shouldn’t be one sided. Allow your users to see visual status on their course progress, as well as any earned certificates.

Priority on Support – Before getting into any learning management system, have a look at what is being said about their support, because at some point you will have questions. You want an LMS provider that is your partner, not just there to take your money.



Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Let's Talk! | Twitter

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