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Are you looking to migrate to a new LMS from your existing open source LMS?
Or are you setting up a training curriculum in your organization and confused by the choices available to deliver your training?
Then this blog post will help you make an appropriate decision. In this blog post, we will touch upon the following topics:
Several open source LMSs have been available for both academic and corporate users for a while now, and all of them come with their own set of challenges in implementation and usage. The important thing to note is that open source does not mean “FREE”. Organizations and academic institutions have to spend money to hire skilled developers and experts to ensure that their open source LMS works as per functionality, and that their employees and students have a seamless learning experience.
Some of the key challenges in using open source learning delivery systems are listed below:
LMS or LXP or LEP are different terms used to name a medium that allows you to deliver eLearning with ease. A proprietary learning delivery platform brings with it a substantial one-time investment based on the number of users / learners that you have. There are more than 200 different learning delivery platforms in the market and each of them comes with its own set of pros and cons. The topic that we will address now is why a proprietary learning delivery platform is better than a standard open source LMS.
Here are some things to remember when you are scouting for a new solution or platform to deploy your eLearning:
You may not require all the features listed above but it would be good to keep this list as a ready reckoner when you are looking for a new learning delivery platform. Please look at this infographic that lists out ten important questions to ask yourself before you buy an LXP.
Proprietary LXPs offer several benefits when compared to an open source LMS. Most open source LMSs charge premium costs once you exceed 100 users or demand more flexibility and additional services from their product-platform. A proprietary LXP on the other hand offers transparent pricing and benefits / features, which you can customize as per your requirements, based on the number of users accessing your training platform. With most LXPs switching to cloud-based hosting; scalability is no longer a major problem. Security and privacy concerns which plague open source learning platforms are addressed clearly with a proprietary LXP. You as the customer are clearly in control of your learner data and know who gets to access learner information. Integration of payment gateways and eCommerce solutions within the LXP do not mean that you have to store credit card information. All payment processing and confidential data is handled by your trusted payment-service providers like PayPal or Stripe.
You can use an LXP for the following training scenarios:
Most open source LMSs offer a standard design and theme without too many options for customization to reflect your own branding. At the most, they offer an opportunity for you to feature your company logo. They are also very rarely responsive in design, which in turn leads to a poor learner experience for learners using a smartphone to access their learning content.
Proprietary LXPs come with an excellent user-interface that is designed to make learning a happy and seamless learning experience across devices. Offering a high level of customization and branding, the learning portal could look like an extension of your own corporate website, and offer a familiar user-experience to your employees and learners.
Proprietary LXPs offer a dedicated support team that can help train your employees easily. Modern LXPs are designed to be intuitive and self-explanatory and once the initial training is done, you can easily manage courses via your own customized / white-labeled instance of the LXP. The companies offering proprietary LXPs take security and encryption very seriously and all user-data is encrypted.
Most popular LMSs ask you to buy licenses for a large number of users irrespective of your actual requirement. As stated earlier, cloud-based hosting offers the benefit of easy scalability as the number of learners on your platform increase or decrease. Pay for the number of users that you have instead of paying a mandated huge sum of money.
Migration of content is a critical factor in decision-making for companies looking to adopt a new LMS or proprietary LXP. Most popular LXP vendors offer dedicated support to guide you in the migration of user information and learning content from your existing open source LMS to a new proprietary LXP.
This animated video offers a quick introduction to the differences between a legacy LMS and a modern LXP.
As stated in the previous section, thoroughly analyze your needs before you invest in a learning delivery platform. If you are a small organization needing a solution for training your employees internally; you don’t really need to spend big money on an enterprise LMS. If you already have a dedicated “Intranet” or portal for employee communication and management; you need to check if you can incorporate a learning solution within the intranet itself.
Microsoft is pitching its learning platform – Learn as an interactive and intuitive portal that will seamlessly integrate with other Microsoft services to provide a powerful learning experience. But what about people who do not use Microsoft’s suite of products, and just manage with open source tools? How do we deploy eLearning for such users? A proprietary LXP will be able to help users in such a scenario with easy integration with Linux-based systems.
It is clear that every organization or academic institution has its own specific requirements in terms of choosing a learning delivery platform for its learners. We have just highlighted some benefits of switching from an open source LMS to a proprietary LXP, and how it can be beneficial for you. If you are still wondering if your business will benefit from your investment in an LXP; then you should read this blog post that makes a case for buying an LXP for your organization.
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