What is a LMS and do I really need one? A Learning Management System manages your courses and student records. With an LMS, you can quickly and easily assign courses to any number of users, then track and view their progress.
While you don’t necessarily need a LMS to deliver online training, it does make life easier for those implementing a training and development program for their organization/business and ensure an effective and consistent approach to recording learning activity.
What are the benefits of using a LMS?
These are a few of the most obvious benefits and there are many additional elements that make a LMS a positive addition to any business that is serious about client/employee development.
How do I get a LMS? What do I need to know?
You can use a third-party site to host your courses on their LMS or we can build one for you. Third-party sites have their own pricing options and specifications for hosting your courses. You play by their rules. You have more control when hosting your own LMS. The choice is yours depending on your needs and your budget.
At Computer Management Corp, we have administered a variety of LMS’ since 2002 and we now use LifterLMS – exclusively since 2014. LifterLMS is a Word Press plugin that is robust, cost effective, and scalable. Their core plugin is free (you read that right!) and they have a variety of add-on plugins (generally low cost) that allow you to include a variety of features as you need them. Your LMS can grow as you grow. Or you can purchase their Infinity Bundle for $1,200 per year and get all the bells and whistles.
One of our clients has been using LifterLMS since 2018. They have serviced over 3,600 students (most enrolled in multiple courses) using the LifterLMS core (free) plug-in and one add-on plug-in. That’s pretty cost effective!
You will need to have a Word Press site to host LifterLMS. It is a Word Press plugin, after all. However, not all Word Press sites can accommodate hosting an LMS. For example, several of my website clients us a “Managed Word Press” hosting plan. An LMS (any, not just LifterLMS) will not work on their sites. I use GoDaddy as my host and my site is on a Linux server. This is from LifterLMS’ documentation:
Why LifterLMS is different from regular WordPress websites
What works extremely well for a microsite or a blog may just be insufficient for your LifterLMS site and you may soon find yourself dealing with 500 errors, downtimes, slow loads and other weird issues. It is important to understand how dynamic websites that use LifterLMS are different from simple websites.
For more information, LifterLMS offers A Guide to Hosting Your LifterLMS Site and a Recommended List for Hosting Resources.
Finally, how can we help you?
We can install and set up LifterLMS which includes your course catalog, student registration, student dashboard, and a shopping cart. As we add your courses to the catalog, we can include quizzes/assessments, course syllabus, student progress bar, resource links, custom certificates of completion, welcome and course completion emails, and more. Everything is customized for your needs!
We can continue to administer your LMS including adding courses as you build out your catalog along with teaching YOU how to use your LMS and manage students.
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