A responsive learning management system (LMS) is an important part of a successful learning program. For learners, it means a seamless, flexible learning experience on any device and at any time. To achieve this goal, it is crucial for organizations to invest time and effort in designing a responsive LMS. Here are six considerations to keep in mind when choosing your responsive LMS.
1. Your Target Devices: Do your learners use desktop alone for learning? Or are your learners always on the move, using tablets/smartphones for learning? It’s extremely important to determine the devices used by your target audience and then evaluate the LMS that works on those devices. For example, if your audience is using mobile devices with various screen sizes, consider the screen dimensions of all target devices and confirm the LMS’s ability to adapt to different screen sizes smoothly (for example, by transitioning from landscape to portrait modes). Most responsive LMSs adapt to all kinds of devices, but not all devices support all the features offered by LMSs.
2. Easy Navigation: A responsive LMS should support the commonly used mobile devices’ features, such as touch, swipe and scroll. An intuitive and user friendly user interface goes a long way in retaining learners’ attention and making mobile learning experience enjoyable.
3. Accessibility: If possible, choose an LMS that utilizes HTML5. This feature is useful for learners who want to learn while travelling. With HTML5, your learners can easily download the learning material and then access it offline.
4. LMS Evolution: Before selecting an LMS, check if it has the potential to evolve. Any LMS that cannot evolve and adapt to emerging technologies will make your learning material uninteresting and restrictive. You don’t want to be stuck with old features when others are following new trends in the market. Opt for an LMS that is fully customizable and can adapt to changing requirements.
5. Safeguarding Sensitive Information: Data security is a priority for organizations. Make sure you select an LMS that safeguards learners’ personal data, such as email ID, passwords and phone numbers and also protects the confidentiality of course content. A safe LMS protects sensitive information through encrypted coding and secured server/cloud data storage. Cloud-based data storage is always preferable.
6. Support Services: Does the vendor provide 24/7 support? What is its turnaround time? Are its support staff easily accessible? Do they provide support via toll-free numbers, emails and live chats? Find the answers to these key questions before selecting any LMS. Find out about the quality of the customer support service provided by the vendor. If a vendor takes too long to respond to your support request, it’s not worth considering. Check the online presence of the vendors and find out if they offer tutorials and FAQs or if they are active on tech forums. Many customers share their experiences and review LMS vendor services. Such reviews can also assist in vendor selection.
With these tips, you are ready to find and tailor your responsive learning management system.